• Rizal Park spruced up for pope visit

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    FOR THE POPE A youth from the Manobo tribe drops a postcard for Pope Francis at the Immaculate Conception Parish hall in Quezon City. The postcard and letter writing for the Pope is part of Catholic Church’s preparations for the visit of the pontiff in January. PHOTO BY MIKE DE JUAN

    FOR THE POPE A youth from the Manobo tribe drops a postcard for Pope Francis at the Immaculate Conception Parish hall in Quezon City. The postcard and letter writing for the Pope is part of Catholic Church’s preparations for the visit of the pontiff in January. PHOTO BY MIKE DE JUAN

    A makeover of Rizal Park (Luneta) in Manila is in full swing as the government prepares for the visit of Pope Francis in January next year.

    The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) on Wednesday said renovation work at the park where the Pope will say Mass is about 30 percent to 40 percent finished. DPWH-National Capital Region (NCR or Metro Manila) Director Reynaldo Tagundando said rehabilitation work is being done 24/7.

    The government allotted P20 million to prettify the 40-hectare park.

    Tagundando said aside from the physical renovation of the park, part of the budget will be used for repair of liturgical requirements and wiring and cable systems; and installation of portable toilets and platforms, among other purposes.

    He added that the altar where the pontiff will say the Mass at the Luneta Grandstand on January 18, 2015 was designed by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).

    Earlier reports quoted government and church authorities as saying the expected crowd attendance in the event could top six million, thus raising security and mobility concerns.

    Tagundando said the crowd could spill to Anda Circle and Taft Avenue.

    He, however, gave assurances that those far from the grandstand would still see and hear the pope because LED screens will be installed in and around the park.

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    1. May maganda din nagagawa ng pagpunta ni pope francis sa pinas lahat ng daraan niya at gagamitin ay maayos at mapapaganda, kaya lang aby tanong bakit ang gobyerno ang gumastos at hindi ang Vatican?
      Kung ibinigay yan sa tacloban yung mga wala -wala di natuwa pa sila at nakinabang!marami-marami ding sawing palad ang matutulungan ng halagan gagastusin ng gobyerno!
      Kawawang mga nasalanta ginastos pa ang pera sa iba na may kayamanan pueding gastusin! Selfie-selfie lang naman ang gagawin!
      Kaya ang dios puro salot ang ipinadadala sa pinas iba ang pinasasalamatan ibis na siya!