Roman Catholic Diocese of Bacolod

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Diocese of Bacolod
Dioecesis Bacolodensis (Latin)
Diocese sang Bacolod (Hiligaynon)
Diyosesis ng Bacolod (Tagalog)
San Sebastian Cathedral, Bacolod, Negros Occidental.jpg
San Sebastian Cathedral, seat of the Diocese of Bacolod
Country  Philippines
Territory Portion of Negros Occidental
Ecclesiastical province Jaro[1]
Metropolitan Jaro
Coordinates 10°40′N 122°57′E / 10.667°N 122.950°E / 10.667; 122.950
Area 2,019 km2 (780 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2012)
1,211,000[1] (82.2%[1]%)
Parishes 70[1]
Schools 32[2]
Denomination Roman Catholic
Sui iuris church Latin Church
Rite Roman Rite
Established 15 July 1932[3]
Cathedral Cathedral of St Sebastian
Co-cathedral San Diego Pro-cathedral
Patron saint Saint Sebastian
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Vicente Macanan Navarra
Metropolitan Archbishop Angel Lagdameo
Vicar General Louie Galbines[4]

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Bacolod is a diocese of the Latin Rite of the Roman Catholic Church in Negros Occidental, Philippines.


One of the older dioceses in the Philippines, the Diocese of Bacolod was erected on 15 July 1932 from the territories of the Archdiocese of Cebu and the Archdiocese of Jaro.[3]

On 5 April 1955, the Diocese of Bacolod lost territory when the Diocese of Dumaguete was erected. The diocese further lost territory on 30 March 1987 when the Diocese of Kabankalan and the Diocese of San Carlos were erected.[1][3]


The Diocese of Bacolod is a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Jaro.[5]

The current bishop is Vicente Macanan Navarra, appointed on 24 May 2001.[1]

The seat of the diocese is the San Sebastian Cathedral in Bacolod (one of 12 cathedrals founded by the Order of Augustinian Recollects in the Philippines) with the San Diego Pro-cathedral in Silay as the diocese's pro-cathedral.[3]

Stand on the Reproductive Health Bill[edit]

"Protect life" posters prominently displayed at the San Sebastian Cathedral

Prior to the congressional approval and presidential assent to the Reproductive Health Bill of 2012, the Diocese of Bacolod had opposed its passage, organizing rallies against it. The Diocese also urged the faithful to refrain from voting for senators who assented to its passage during the 2013 Philippine general election, and to vote for those who tried to prevent its passage.[6]

The Diocese put up posters in its parish churches, identifying the senators who voted for and against passage of the bill. The Commission on Elections later tried to have these posters removed,[7] or in the least reduced in size.[8]


  • Casimiro Lladoc † (Appointed 23 Jun 1933 - Died 24 Oct 1951)
  • Manuel Yap † (Appointed 5 Mar 1952 - Died 16 Oct 1966)
  • Antonio Yapsutco Fortich † (Appointed 13 Jan 1967 - Retired 31 Jan 1989)
  • Camilo Diaz Gregorio (Appointed 20 May 1989 - Resigned 28 Aug 2000)
  • Vicente Macanan Navarra (Appointed 24 May 2001 - Present)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Catholic Hierarchy. "Diocese of Bacolod". Retrieved 4 July 2013. 
  2. ^ Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines. "Diocese of Bacolod". Retrieved 4 July 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d GCatholic. "Diocese of Bacolod, Philippines". Retrieved 4 July 2013. 
  4. ^ Gomez, Carla. "Galbines new vicar general". Retrieved 4 July 2013. 
  5. ^ Catholic Hierarchy. "Archdiocese of Jaro". Retrieved 4 July 2013. 
  6. ^ "Bacolod diocese sets anti-RH rally on April 27". GMA News Online. 25 April 2013. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  7. ^ Carla P. (24 February 2013). "Diocese ordered to remove "Team Patay" list". Inquirer News. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  8. ^ Danny B. (27 February 2013). "". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 8 July 2013.