THEY came in droves, some from as far away as the provinces, to see the Pope.
Thousands of devotees lined the stretch of Quirino Avenue in Manila, while thousands more waited outside Villamor Air Base in Pasay City (Metro Manila), patiently waiting for that rare chance to have a glimpse of the pontiff and wave a welcome.
“I came as early as 10 a.m. from Bocaue, Bulacan with my three children so as to have a glimpse of the pope and receive his blessing,” Roma Espiritu, 43, told The Manila Times.
“We don’t mind waiting for more than five hours just to see the pope in person. For us, this is a once in a life time experience,” said Lynda Gutierrez of Project 8, Quezon City.
Rose Satol, a teacher, said she and nine of her colleagues went to Villamor to see Francis.
The plane carrying the pontiff is scheduled to land at 5:45 p.m. From the air base, he will go to the Apostolic Nunciature on Taft Avenue in Manila where he spent the night.
The Pope’s motorcade reached the Apostolic Nunciature a few minutes before 7 p.m.
People who waited along Quirino Avenue burst into cheers upon seeing the pontiff who kept on waving to the crowd.
“He waved and smiled at me. It was so swift, but I felt as if a cold water was poured on me,” said Jenny Faustino, 62, of Navotas City.