Papal Visit 2015 Itinerary: Where to go, where to stay

There are only a few days left before Pope Francis visits the Philippines, and with the Papal Visit Itinerary in full swing, saan nga ba tayo dapat mag-stay at mag-abang if we want to take part in the activities?

pope_it_04Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle during his interview on the Papal Visit with broadcast journalist Jing Castaneda

ANG TIP PO NAMIN SA INYO, tumutok sa balita para malaman ang RUTA ng POPE MOBILE sa pagpunta ni Pope Francis sa kanyang mga event. Doon po tayo puwedeng mag-abang para masulyapan man lang ang Santo Papa. Sa ngayo’y inaayos pa po ang rutang kanyang dadaanan.

Here’s a rundown of the Pope’s 5-day stay in the Philippines:

January 15, Thursday:

5:45pm: arrival of Pope Francis in the Philippines.

Magkakaroon ng motorcade from Villamor Airbase in Pasay City hanggang sa Apostolic Nunciature sa Taft Avenue in Manila.

Where to stay:

Near Villamor Air Base- Marriot Hotel across NAIA Terminal 3, Maxim Tower, Remington Hotel

January 16, Friday:

9:15 am: The Pope will meet with President Aquino in Malacanang.

pope_it_05Pope image: Getty Images

11:00 am: Mass at the Manila Cathedral. Ito ang UNANG MISA ni POPE FRANCIS SA BANSA. Ang misa sa loob ng Manila Cathedral ay para lang po sa mga Obispo, pari at religious. Pero may mga widescreen LCDs sa labas ng simbahan para sa lahat ng mga gusto ring dumalo sa misa at makinig sa Santo Papa.

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5:30 pm: MOA Arena, meeting with Filipino families. Do not buy tickets as they are not for sale! May ticket allocation ang bawat diocese sa buong bansa (100 representatives per diocese). Kanya-kanyang sistema ang bawat diocese at parokya kung paano nila ipapamahagi ang mga ticket sa kanilang mga nasasakupan. Sa office ng dioceses at parishes po kayo magtanong kung gusto ninyong dumalo rito. Priority ang mga may kapansanan, elderly at mahihirap. Hindi kailangang maging aktibong miyembro ng parokya para mapili. FYI, 15,000 po ang capacity ng MOA Arena.

May mga widescreen LCDs din sa labas ng MOA Arena para sa mga hindi makapasok pero gustong makinig sa Santo Papa.

Where to stay:

Near MOA Arena- Solaire Resort and Casino, Microtel by Wyndham

Between MOA Arena and Quirino Grandstand- Sofitel Philippine Plaza, Midas Hotel and Csino, Pan Pacific Hotel, The Heritage Hotel Manila. Pwede ring i-check ang hotels at inns along Roxas Boulevard and in the Malate area.

January 17, Saturday:

The Pope’s day trip to Leyte.

10:00 am: Mass in Tacloban.
Lunch with 30 survivors of Supertyphoon Yolanda at the Archbishop’s residence in Palo

3:00 pm: Blessing of the Pope Francis Complex Center for the Poor, Palo, Leyte; Visit to Palo Cathedral

5:00 pm: Flight back to Manila

Where to stay:

Leyte Park Hotel, Go Hotels Tacloban, Tacloban Plaza Hotel, The Oriental Hotel Leyte. For other hotels, do a quick search on Tacloban or Palo hotels at tripadvisor.com

January 18, Sunday:

Morning: University of Santo Tomas for the Inter-religious Dialogue and Meeting with the Youth. From UST’s University Football Field and Grandstand, Pope Francis will proceed to Rizal Park. No confirmation yet if he will go via Popemobile.

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3:30 pm: the Pope’s last public appearance at the Quirino Grandstand. Final Mass will be celebrated. Kung may imahe ng Sto Nino, dalhin po ang mga ito dahil magsasayaw ng Sinulog dance sa Luneta habang paparating si Pope Francis sa Grandstand para sa Pista ng Sto. Nino.

Where to stay:

Near UST- Lakbayan Hotel Manila, Fersal Hotel Manila

Near Quirino Grandstand- Manila Hotel, Hotel H2O, La Luneta Apartment, Miramar Hotel

January 19, Monday:

10:00 am: The Pope’s departure for France.

Should you find na fully booked na ang mga kilalang hotels, use your resourcefulness to find vacancies in lesser-known inns and smaller hotels. The internet is very useful sa paghahanap ng accomodations. Sites such as lonelyplanet.com, tripadvisor.com, and agoda.com may be able to help you find a room or two for you.

And of course, you can count on the goodness of your family and friends who live nearby these places- baka puwede kayong makituloy for a night or two!

PLEASE CONTINUE TO CHECK US OUT FOR UPDATES AND TIPS ON THE PAPAL VISIT.

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