Day 1

15 January (Thu 5:45pm) – Arrival at Villamor Airbase

The excitement is overwhelming on the Pope’s arrival in the Philippines. 

A multitude of people have gathered as early 10 a.m. in anticipation of the coming of Pope Francis in Manila. People from all walks of life in Villamor Airbase, the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, and Quirino-Taft area in Manila, brushed aside the heat and ignored hunger pangs so they can see the Pope in the flesh.

Pope Francis is finally here!

The plane carrying Pope Francis arrived earlier as expected at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City at 5:32 p.m. The Pope just came from his two-day visit to Sri Lanka.

The pontiff was all smiles as he waved to the roaring crowd of Filipinos who waited all day for Pope Francis. The pope didn’t look the least tired as he shook hands with President Benigno Aquino III and the long line of bishops at the Villamor Airbase tarmac. Once the courtesies were over, it was time for Pope Francis to ride the popemobile and greet the multitude of Filipinos going to the Papal Nunciature located at Taft cor. Quirino.

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During motorcade going to MOA Arena meeting with Families

Day 2 – 16 January (Fri) 9:15am – Welcome ceremony and courtesy visit at Malacañang Palace

Families have an indispensable mission in society. It is in the family that children are trained in sound values, high ideals and genuine concern for others ~ Pope Francis

Full text of Pope Francis speech welcoming at Malacañang.

While here is the full text of President Benigno Aquino III’s  speech after his meeting with Pope Francis in Malacanang Palace.

Signing the Malacañang guestbook is a customary activity for any visiting head of state. Pope Francis is a the head of city-state of Rome, thereby making his visit to the Philippines a state visit, apart from it being a pastoral visit.

What did Pope Francis write in the Malacañang guestbook?

On the President and people of this beloved land of the Philippines, I ask Almighty God’s abundant blessings of wisdom, discernment, prosperity and peace.

16.1.2015

Francis

10:15am – Meeting with officials and diplomatic corp.

Pope Francis began his second day in the Philippines with a courtesy call on President Benigno Aquino III on Friday.

The pontiff left the Apostolic Nunciature around 8:53 a.m. and arrived at the Malacañang Palace around 9:20 a.m. He traveled by a closed Volkswagen vehicle instead of the pope mobile.

11:00am – Holy mass at the Manila Cathedral with Bishops and religious groups

Pope Francis starts the Holy Mass at the Manila Cathedral at exactly 11:00am

Pope Francis on his homily urges Filipino Priests to Live Christ’s Poverty So As to Identify With Poor

Full text of Pope Francis homily during the Holy Eucharist in Manila Cathedral

And here’s Cardinal Tagle’s speech after Pope Francis’ mass at the Manila Cathedral.

What is the secret to the resilience of Filipinos? Fr. Horacio de la Costa, SJ, historian, writer, priest, religious and nationalist provided an insight. He said that the Filipino has two treasures: music and faith. Our melodies make our spirits soar above the tragedies of life. Our faith makes us stand up again and again after deadly fires, earthquakes, typhoons and wars. And now, as many of our poor people are just beginning to rise from recent natural and human-made calamities, you, Holy Father came to us. You bring fire, not to destroy but to purify. You bring an earthquake, not to shatter but to awaken. You bring weapons, not to kill but to assure. Indeed, “you are Peter, the Rock upon which Jesus builds His Church” (Matthew 16:18). You are Peter who comes “to strengthen your brothers and sisters in faith” (Luke 22:32). We welcome you, successor of Peter, to this blessed land of untiring hope, of infinite music and of joyful faith. With your visit we know Jesus will renew and rebuild His Church in the Philippines. Mabuhay! ~ His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle, Archbishop of Manila at the end of the Holy Eucharist

5:30pm – Meeting with the families at SM MOA Arena

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While waiting for the Popemobile convoy at MOA

Here is the link of the full text from Vatican Radio of Pope Francis’ message at the Mall of Asia Arena in the Philippines where he had an audience with thousands of Filipino families. The text includes the pope’s off-the-cuff remarks in Spanish, which were translated to English.

It is important to dream in the family. All mothers and fathers dream of their sons and daughters in the womb for 9 months. They dream of how they will be. It isn’t possible to have a family without such dreams. When you lose this capacity to dream you lose the capacity to love, the capacity to love is lost. I recommend that at night when you examine your consciences, ask yourself if you dreamed of the future of your sons and daughters. Did you dream of your husband or wife? Did you dream today of your parents, your grandparents who carried forward the family to me? It is so important to dream and especially to dream in the family. Please don’t lose the ability to dream in this way. How many solutions are found to family problems if we take time to reflect, if we think of a husband or wife, and we dream about the good qualities they have. Don’t ever lose the memory of when you were boyfriend or girlfriend. That is very important. ~ Pope Francis on Meeting with the Families in MOA Arena.

Going back to the Papal Nunciature riding the popemobile again which many Filipinos wait for him on his route.

Day 3 – 17 January (Sat 8:15am) Villamor Airbase departure for Tacloban

The Philippine Airlines flight carrying Pope Francis landed at the Tacloban Airport at 8:50am on Saturday. The Pope arrived at Tacloban Airport 45 minutes earlier than scheduled. 

He was welcomed by Palo Archbishop John Du and walked ahead of the umbrella despite the rainy, windy weather due to tropical cyclone “Amang.”

9:30am to 12:15am – Tacloban City Airport arrival then succeeded immediately with the Holy Mass

Pope Francis pushed through with the Holy Mass celebrated with hundreds of thousands of pilgrims and typhoon survivors in Tacloban City on Saturday despite tropical cyclone “Amang.”

The pope wore a yellow raincoat over his vestments while celebrating Mass amid strong winds. He delivered the homily in his native tongue, Spanish, departing from the prepared message in English.

If you allow me, I prefer today to speak in Spanish. I have a translator, a good translator. May I do it? ~ Pope Francis asked the crowd

Pope Francis’ homily, Holy Mass in Tacloban

A little bit late, but now I am here

We are not going to weaken in our faith because Jesus has been there before us. In his passion, he assumed all our pain

I walk with you all with my silent heart…I have no words to tell you. Let us look to Christ. He is the Lord. He understands us because he underwent all the trials that we have experienced…

I come to tell you that Jesus is Lord and he never lets us down ~ Pope Francis homily in Tacloban

Below supposed to be the itinerary for Tacloban-Palo visit but was cut short because of the Typhoon “Amang”

12:45pm Palo Leyte Lunch with the survivors of Typhoon Yolanda

3:00pm – Blessing of the Pope Francis Center for the Poor

3:30pm – Meeting with the Priests, religious leaders, seminarians and families of the Yolanda survivors

A storm has forced Pope Francis to cut short his visit to the Philippine city of Tacloban, which was devastated by Typhoon Haiyan just over a year ago.

Amid strong winds and pouring rain, he celebrated Mass with thousands of worshippers earlier on Saturday.

He was due to go on to meet survivors of the typhoon but had to leave early because of worsening conditions.

An audience at a cathedral gave an anguished gasp when he told them he would have to go.

Pope Francis cut short his trip to Leyte due to Tropical Storm Amang (Mekkhala), which is signal no. 2 down on Eastern Visayas.

There’s a typhoon that is around us, and the pilots of the airplane have insisted that we have to leave at 1pm. After 1 pm the typhoon will get much worse. I apologize to you all ~ the Pope told priests and nuns assembled at the Palo Cathedral at past noon

I’m truly saddened because I had something prepared especially for you but let us leave everything in the hands of our Lady ~ Pope Francis

The Philippine Airlines plane carrying the pontiff departed Tacloban’s Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport at exactly 1:07 pm, as rain and winds buffeted the city.

Day 4 – 18 January (Sun 9:45am) – University of Sto. Tomas

Pope Francis at a loss for words as street child asks: ‘Why does God allow children to suffer?’

Pope Francis on Sunday morning warmly embraced a former street child, comforting the little one after emotions overcame her as she asked: Why does God allow so many children to suffer?

The young girl, Glyzelle Palomar, 12, was one of four young people who spoke at the pontiff’s meeting with the youth at the University of Sto. Tomas Sunday morning. A ward of a foundation that helps street children, Glyzelle  began by telling the Pope of how many children abandoned by their parents end up in prostitution.

And then she asked: “Bakit po pumapayag ang Diyos na may ganitong nangyayari dahil walang kasalanan ang mga bata (Why does God allow this to happen to innocent children)?”

That was as far as she got before she broke into sobs.

Full text of Pope Francis’ message, Youth encounter at University of Sto Tomas

3:00pm – Quirino Grandstand Mass

Before a massive crowd estimated at around six million at Luneta and along the motorcade route, some of whom had been waiting in the rain and cold since early Sunday morning, Pope Francis capped his historic Philippine trip with a mass at the Quirino Grandstand. The pontiff used the Sinulog Festival, which coincided with the mass, to talk about the Sto. Niño and the importance of children.

He called it a “special joy” to be celebrating Sto. Niño Sunday with Filipinos, while noting that Filipinos “are called to be outstanding missionaries of the faith in Asia.”

Full text of homily of Pope Francis during Mass at Luneta Grandstand

Pope Francis also said that “we forget to remain, at heart, children of God.” He adds that each child “is a gift to be welcomed, cherished, and protected.”

In these days, throughout my visit, I have listened to you sing the song: “We are all God’s children”.  That is what the Sto Niño tells us.  He reminds us of our deepest identity.  All of us are God’s children, members of God’s family

The mass featured a choir of 1,000 singers backed by an orchestra numbering close to 200, while the concelebrants were estimated to number around 2,000. Over 5,000 lay men helped distribute hosts for confession, an activity that took nearly 20 minutes to finish.

The pontiff deviated from his planned routes both to and from Quirino Grandstand so that he could spend more time blessing the crowd and kissing babies. Another large crowd greeted him when he arrived back at the Apostolic Nunciature.

Pope Francis waves to the crowd as he arrives at Quirino Grandstand to celebrate his final Papal Mass in Manila, Philippines, Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015. Millions filled Manila’s main park and surrounding areas for Pope Francis’ final Mass in the Philippines on Sunday, braving a steady rain to hear the pontiff’s message of hope and consolation for the Southeast Asian country’s most downtrodden and destitute.

Tell The World of His Love

For God so loved the world
He gave us His only Son
Jesus Christ our Savior
His most precious one
He has sent us His message of love
And sends those who hear
To bring the message to everyone
In a voice loud and clear

Let us tell the world of His love
The greatest love the world has known
Search the world for those who have walked
Astray and lead them home
Fill the world’s darkest corners
With His light from up above
Walk every step, Every mile, Every road
And tell the world, Tell the world of His love

Also on Sunday, Pope Francis meets the father of Kristel Mae Padasas the volunteer who died after the Tacloban mass who accidentally hit by scaffolding that carrying the soundsystem speaker that used in Tacloban stage for the mass.

Pope Francis’ Luneta mass the largest Papal crowd in history ~ Lombardi

A Vatican official said the Mass that Pope Francis celebrated in Luneta Sunday drew the largest Papal crowds in history.

In an interview, Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi said the crowds estimated at six million that heard Mass of the Pope was also so far the largest gatherings.

“In any case we have seen so many people and believe it is possible. If it’s true, it is good. This is the largest event of the history of the Pope Visit,” he said at the sidelines of the press briefing of the 2015 Papal Visit at the Diamond Hotel in Manila.

In 1995, during the World Youth Day (WYD) event in Manila, some four or five million people attended the celebration, which was headed by then Pope John Paul II.

Hashtags used by different TV networks that trends during the Papal Visit 2015

TV5
#DearPopeFrancis

ABS-CBN
#PopeTYSM
#PopeFrancisPH

GMA
#PopeInPH
#BlessedByThePope
#PapalVisitPH

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Official banner of ABS-CBN for Pope Francis in Philippines

We Are All God’s Children

Do you see these children on the streets
Have you walked the pavements where they sleep?
Do you feel their hands 
When you give them alms?
Did you ever give them bread to eat?

Have you seen their homes washed by the floods?
While a mother tightly holds her child
Do you hear the wind 
Of the raging storm?
Can you tell them where it’s coming from?

Let us show our love and mercy
With true kindness and humility
For God loves the weak and the needy
Just like you and me

We are all God’s children
We are all the same
He is calling us by name to help the poor and lame
And learn what life is really for
It’s to know and love and serve the Lord

Full text of Manila Archbishop Tagle’s message to Pope Francis in the Luneta final mass.

Every Filipino wants to go with you – not to Rome – but to the peripheries ~ Archbishop Tagle on Pope Francis

Day 5 – 19 January (Mon 10:00am) – Leave taking ceremony and departure to Rome

Final blessing for Filipinos as Pope flies back to Rome

The well-loved pontiff flies back to Rome 10 AM Monday, leaving behind millions of emotionally high and faithfully recharged Filipinos.

Before boarding the plane, Pope Francis gave the crowd at Villamor Air base a final blessing.

Pope Francis touched millions of lives with his simple wave, contagious smile, and heartwarming messages of love and hope. He discussed issues on corruption, sanctity of family, caring for the poor and the children, respecting women, among others.

As Pope Francis left us, does it leave a mark to us? Will we change to be good? Or will it just be like a seasonal event like christmas or new year celebration that once happened every year? Let us contemplate and apply what lessons we learned, to be humble, down to earth and full of compassion.  And as Pope Francis always telling us, “Please pray for me!”

Please pray for me! ~ Pope Francis

As Archbishop Tagle states that “in the name of every Filipino”, he promises that Filipinos will pray for the Pope, and that “we will go with you where the light of Jesus in needed.

Sources: gma, abs-cbn, inquirer.net, philstar.com, rappler.com, vatican radio, tv5, yahoo! news, bbc news

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