Roman Catholic Diocese of Bacolod

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Diocese of Bacolod

Dioecesis Bacolodensis

Diocese sang Bacolod
Diócesis de Bacolod
San Sebastian Cathedral, Bacolod, Negros Occidental.jpg
San Sebastian Cathedral, seat of the Diocese of Bacolod
Coat of arms of the Diocese of Bacolod.svg
Coat of arms
Country Philippines
Territory3rd and 4th Congressional District of Negros Occidental, Lone Congressional District of Bacolod and Municipality of Hinigaran[1]
Ecclesiastical provinceJaro[2]
Coordinates10°40′N 122°57′E / 10.667°N 122.950°E / 10.667; 122.950
Area2,019 km2 (780 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2012)
1,211,000[2] (82.2%[2]%)
DenominationRoman Catholic
Sui iuris churchLatin Church
RiteRoman Rite
Established15 July 1932[4]
CathedralCathedral of St Sebastian
Co-cathedralSan Diego Pro-cathedral
Patron saintSaint Sebastian
Current leadership
BishopMost Rev. Patricio Buzon, S.D.B., D.D.
Metropolitan ArchbishopJose Romeo Lazo
Bishops emeritusMost. Rev. Vicente M. Navarra, D.D.

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.[4]

On 5 April 1955, the Diocese of Bacolod lost territory when the Diocese of Dumaguete (which the diocese covers the entire province of Negros Oriental) was erected. The diocese further lost territory in the entire parts of Negros Occidental province on 30 March 1987 when the Diocese of Kabankalan and the Diocese of San Carlos were erected.[2][4]

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

The Diocese of Bacolod actively opposed the passage of Reproductive Health Bill of 2012, organizing rallies against it.[5] Prior to the 2013 elections to the Philippines Senate posters were put up at parish churche that identified the senators who voted for and against passage of the bill as Team Patay (or death) and Team Buhay (or life), respectively, in reference to Team PNoy, the senatorial slate of Philippine President Noynoy Aquino. The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) tried to have these posters removed, or at the least reduced in size.[6][7] The Philippine Supreme Court issued a temporary restraining order stopping COMELEC from forcing the removal of the posters.[8]


The Diocese of Bacolod is a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Jaro.[9]

The current bishop is Patricio Abella Buzon, SDB, appointed on 24 May 2016.[2] He was installed on August 9, 2016.

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.[4]


  • Casimiro Magbanua Lladoc † (Appointed 23 Jun 1933 - Died 24 Oct 1951)
  • Manuel Porcia 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 – Retired 24 May 2016)
  • Patricio Abella Buzon, SDB (Appointed 24 May 2016 – present)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ UCANEWS PAIRSERVER. "Bacolod Parishes". Retrieved 9 October 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Catholic Hierarchy. "Diocese of Bacolod". Retrieved 4 July 2013.
  3. ^ Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines. "Diocese of Bacolod". Retrieved 4 July 2013.
  4. ^ a b c d GCatholic. "Diocese of Bacolod, Philippines". Retrieved 4 July 2013.
  5. ^ "Bacolod diocese sets anti-RH rally on April 27". GMA News Online. 25 April 2013. Retrieved 8 July 2013.
  6. ^ Gomez, Carla P. (24 February 2013). "Diocese ordered to remove "Team Patay" list". Inquirer News. Retrieved 8 July 2013.
  7. ^ Dangcalan, Danny B. (27 February 2013). "". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 8 July 2013. External link in |title= (help)
  8. ^ Avendaño, Christine O., Jocelyn R. Uy, Philip Tubeza (March 6, 2013). "Church wins tarp war; more dioceses to post 'patay' list". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 11 September 2014.
  9. ^ Catholic Hierarchy. "Archdiocese of Jaro". Retrieved 4 July 2013.