The visitation of Pope Francis or Lolo Kiko (Filipinos nickname for the Pope) in the Philippines was the best ways to say Hello to 2015. I was so ecstatic when I found out that Pope Francis would be visiting the Philippines on 2015; the Pope in the Philippines!? A once in a lifetime opportunity, a story you could share to the next generation, a history of that one significant moment.
The Pope was set to arrive at January 15, 2015 at the Villamor Airbase at 5:45 pm, and every Filipinos, waited patiently for him to arrive. I could never forget how some of us watch every Live News on the Arrival of Lolo Kiko on their small cellphone screens as they share the news to everyone beside them. A group of volunteers even taught us that when the Pope arrives we should say "Lolo Kiko! Lolo Kiko! Tequiromos mucho!" (means Lolo Kiko, I love you very much). In a glimpse of seconds, everyone started screaming when Lolo Kiko had shared his smile on the window of his plane. What's more exciting is when everyone clap, cheer, scream, laughed and witness that somehow slow motion effect when the plane doors where finally opened and there Pope Francis sharing his smile to everyone.
And when the moment of truth finally arrive, I have witnessed that very moment I only see in the back of my TV screens, all I can say is that magic had come into my very eyes, it was like sound of music banging in my ear, the cheers of everyone started to become a melody, everyone raising their phones to capture that beautiful moment, everyone screaming, and everyone was excited. As soon as his mobile had crossed, beautiful screams echoed in every corner of a Filipino's heart, that moment, when hours and hours of waiting, tiredness, suddenly fade away, when laughter and cheers where painted on their faces, fulfilled and blessed.
"Kinikilig ako sobra!!" seeing Lolo Kiko on my very eyes, it even took me a minute or two to finally sink it in my brain, that gosh I have seen him in flesh! I was there! I was one of the thousands! Thanks to my awesome uncles for bringing me, my mom and my brother to watch that beautiful event! It was like Fiesta all over! I'm so lucky to have witnessed this blessed event that I think every Filipinos would be proud of.
Here are some photos I would like to share to all of you :)
Selfie with the Crowd :DDD
San Jose Printing Press Gave Free Prayer Books to everyone :)
Everyone waiting Patiently for that special moment to come :)
Volunteers who are collecting trash to keep the vicinity clean :)
Youth Organizations started singing on the streets to give everyone energy boost "Hallelujah"
Police in waiting :)
Put your Androids Up! :)
MOMENT OF TRUTH! (Happily cheering for Lolo Kiko!)
Video of Pope Francis here:) http://instagram.com/p/x4KU-sTHS_/?modal=true
Family Selfie! :)
#POPETYSM Thank you for always reminding us to be compassionate to others, to always lead ourselves in the rightness and goodness of God and lastly to always be thankful for everyday! Thank you Pope Francis! Mabuhay ka! Thank you for visiting the Philippines! Mahal ka Namin!
Photos taken by EJ Davis and me :) teheeeee