Papa Francisco, Mahal Ka Namin! (Pope Francis, We Love You!)

Pope in PH

I am practically born a Catholic – My parents are both Catholic and coming from the Philippines which has 80% of the population to be Catholics. I believe in Jesus. I talk to Him when I feel alone. I pray when I remember to pray. I do not go to church that often. Those are my usual practices.

Pope Francis’ visit to the Philippines has been all over the news since last year. Everyone is too excited about it. I am too, but not that much. I was like, ‘Hey he’s coming to Manila and Tacloban, that’s something to catch on TV.’

January 15, 2015 arrived, his plane landed in my country. Unexpectedly, I had goosebumps watching him being welcomed by my ecstatic kababayans (fellow Filipinos). I watched the media coverage up until the second day. In both days, all the streets where his motorcade passed by where swamped with people. They were waving at him, calling him, saying they love him. What he gave in return is a never tiring waving back at them, blessing them and a really genuine smile. That genuine smile is what really touched my heart. It made me realize ‘I love this holy man, this modern day disciple of Jesus who showed care and so much compassion to my fellow Filipinos.’ With that, I decided, I must have this once in a lifetime experience of seeing him in person!

Pope Francis Motorcade

Pope Francis’ motorcade passing in front of us at Quirino Avenue in Manila. He was on his way back from the University of Santo Tomas, headed to the Apostolic Nunciature.

And I did catch a glimpse of him last Sunday. It was only a few seconds, but those few seconds will forever be engraved in my memory. I teared-up in happiness because of that experience. Up until now, I have my Pope-Francis-hangover!

Grabbed this video from @gelikying, coz I was way too captivated by the Pope's arrival I wasn't able to take a decent video.

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Philippine National Police barricading throughout Manila to ensure the Pope and the people’s safety.

Truly a rockstar, Pope Francis doing the popular 'I love you' hand sign with Filipino Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. He is the coolest!!!

Truly a rockstar, Pope Francis doing the popular ‘I love you’ hand sign with Filipino Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. He is the coolest!!! Photo Credit: Found the photo on Google

My favorite photos of Pope Francis are mostly those when he is with the presence of children. You can truly see how happy he is whenever surrounded by them. Photo Credit: See Instagram photo label

My favorite photos of Pope Francis are mostly those when he is with the presence of children. You can truly see how happy he is whenever surrounded by them. Photo Credit: See Instagram photo label

Record breaking crowd during the Pope's last mass in Manila at the Quirino Grandstand. Despite the downpour caused by Typhoon Amang, an estimated 6-million people gathered to witness the event.

Record breaking crowd during the Pope’s last mass in Manila at the Quirino Grandstand. Despite the downpour caused by Typhoon Amang, an estimated 6-million people gathered to witness the event. Photo Credit: Rappler

The Petronas

When you hear someone say ‘Malaysia’ what first thing comes into your mind? For me it’s the twin towers, Petronas. Roaming around Kuala Lumpur you will surely be amazed by this gorgeous.

QUICK TIP: Love taking photos as mementos like me, be sure to have your photos taken with the Petronas Twin Towers during the day and have another again at night. Day and night photos look totally different but both are beauties you must not miss!

Happy New Year!

If there is a single certainty in my topsy-turvy life, it definitely is my want to see the world! This goal of mine started years back, during my first visit to a foreign country. I love the feeling of exploring, getting to know the culture and way of life, the yummy finds, the breathtaking sites to see. I just freakin’ love traveling!!!

So, as this New Year starts, I’m toasting to all of us… That we may all see and experience much more of the beauty of the world! Kampai to globe-troting this 2015!