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Papal Visit 2015: FHM's Complete Strategy Guide To Seeing Pope Francis
Here's our complete <em>diskarte-filled</em> guide on how you can&mdash;at the very least&mdash;get a glimpse of Pope Francis&#65279;!
by Gelo Gonzales | Jan 14, 2015
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Pope Francis will be in town from January 15 to 19, 2015 for his first ever papal visit in the country. But you knew that already didn't you? With all the tarps that's been put up by companies that have little to do with religion, the ad hoc traffic schemes being set up for the visit, and—just in case you haven't noticed—the massive media coverage, it's hard to escape #PopeFever2015. 

Heck, just look at what we're about to do right now. This just shows you that FHM itself is not immune to the coming of the Man From The Vatican. Even our own Stanley Chi himself turned coat from his suplado schtick for at least one One Night Stan entry to belt out a list of his prayers to the pope. Indeed, Pope Francis does some pretty wonderful stuff that makes us, the kings of indulgence, hide our tails for a while.

So the question here isn't why would you want to see him, but why wouldn't you want to see him? Repent for a couple days at least fellow Lotharios, and catch a glimpse of this holy man. Here now are the places that he will be visiting along with our street-smart strategies to getting at least a glimpse at Pope Francis!


JANUARY 15, THURSDAY

The itinerary: The Pope will be arriving at the Villamor Air Base at 5:45 p.m. From there, he will be proceeding to the Apostolic Nunciature of the Vatican Embassy.

How to see him: Get there early. Portions of the roads where the papal convoy will be passing will be blocked off for attendees wanting to catch a glimpse of the Pope. But you have to get there before 3 p.m. because the roads will officially be closed by then. The roads where the convoy will pass are as follows, in chronological order:

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  •         Andrews Avenue to Airport Road
  •         Domestic Road
  •         NAIA Road
  •         Roxas Boulevard
  •         Quirino Avenue
  •         Taft Avenue to Apostolic Nunciature

Additionally, the whole stretch of Taft, Quirino, Leon Guinto, and Dagohoy has been closed off since yesterday so you really, really might want to avoid those streets too. Your best bet are the service and off-highway side roads to get to prime papal convoy vantage points.

As contingency, the papal convoy will have an alternate route that passes through Sales Bridge, SLEX, and finally Quirino Avenue. In case the convoy chooses this route, your best bet is to station yourself at Quirino Avenue.


JANUARY 16, FRIDAY

First stop: The Pope's first stop is at the Malacañang, where he will meet dignitaries and politicians. 

How to see him: From the Apostolic Nunciature to the Malacañang Palace, these are the roads that he will be passing:

  •         Taft Avenue
  •         Quirino Avenue to Nagtahan
  •         JP Laurel to Malacañang

The roads above will be closed from 6 a.m. until the Pope arrives in Malacañang.

The convoy will also have an optional route that passes through Taft, Quirino Avenue, Roxas Boulevard, P. Burgos, Ayala Boulevard, Casal Street, Mendiola Street, and finally J.P. Laurel. These roads will be closed from 8 a.m. until the Pope arrives in Malacañang.

Second stop: From the palace, the Pope will head to the Manila Cathedral for a mass with the clergy.

How to see him: Below are the roads that he will be passing.

  •         Gen Solano
  •         P. Casal to Ayala Bridge to Ayala Boulevard to Finance Road
  •         P. Burgos Avenue
  •         Bonifacio Drive to Anda Circle
  •         Andres Soriano Jr. Avenue to Manila Cathedral

The roads above will be closed from 8 a.m. until the Pope arrives in Manila Cathedral.

The convoy will also have an optional route that passes through JP Laurel Street, Nagtahan Bridge, Guazon Avenue, UN Avenue, Maria Orosa, Finance Road, and General Luna Street to Manila Cathedral. These roads will be closed from 9:30 a.m. onwards.

STREET SMART PRO-TIP: The mass will be at 11:15 a.m. but only delegates from dioceses all over the country will be allowed in. People though will be allowed to amass outside where projector screens will be put up. Tents and seats will also be set up in the area, so be sure to be there early! It pays to go with someone else so you can have someone save a seat in case you need to go to the bathroom.

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Third stop: From the Manila Cathedral, the Pope will be returning to the Apostolic Nunciature to rest. At 4 p.m., the papal route will be closed as the convoy begins to make its way to the SM MOA Arena.

How to see him: Below are the roads that he will be passing.

  •         Taft Avenue to Quirino Avenue
  •         Quirino Avenue
  •         Roxas Boulevard
  •         EDSA Extension
  •         JW Diokno Boulevard

The convoy will also have an optional route that passes through Taft Avenue, P. Ocampo Street, Bukaneg Street, and JW Diokno Boulevard.

STREET SMART PRO-TIP: Your best bet for this day to see the Pope is at MOA Arena where he will have a meet-and-greet with families. However, and this is a big however, not all families will be allowed in. Only those who have been pre-selected can enter when the gates open at 11 a.m. and close at 3:30 p.m. People though will not be prohibited from amassing outside the arena. Who knows? The Pope just might take a peek!


JANUARY 17, SATURDAY

First stop: From the Apostolic Nunciature, he will be heading to the Villamor Air Base for his flight to Tacloban, Leyte.

How to see him: Below are the roads that he will be passing.

  •         Taft Avenue
  •         Quirino Avenue
  •         Osmeña Highway
  •         SLEX to Magallanes
  •         SLEX to Sales Bridge
  •         Villamor Air Base Gate 5

The roads above will be closed at 4 a.m. until the Pope arrives at Villamor. The convoy will also have an optional route that passes through Taft Avenue, Quirino Avenue, Roxas Boulevard, NAIA Road, Domestic Road, Andrews Avenue all the way to Villamor Air Base Gate 5, which will be closed from 6 a.m. until the Pope arrives at Villamor.

STREET SMART PRO-TIP: The Pope's ETA is 9:30 a.m. at Tacloban Airport. He will be welcomed there by church officials and politicians and will be holding a mass at the sacristy at the Tacloban Airport grounds. A total of 160,000 people will be accommodated, with 1,000 coming from each parish in the diocese. Similar to the set-up at the Manila Cathedral, those who can't enter will still be able to watch the mass through big screens.

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Second stop: From the airport, the Pope will be proceeding to the Archbishop's residence in Palo, Leyte, where he will be having lunch with Yolanda survivors. However, only pre-selected Yolanda survivors will be allowed entry.

Third stop: From the Archbishop's residence, the Pope will be proceeding to the Leyte Cathedral, also in Palo, where he will be meeting with members of the clergy as well as families of Yolanda survivors. Delegates have also been pre-selected by the dioceses. 

Those who were not selected though are encouraged to amass outside the cathedral as the Pope blesses the mass grave at the back of the cathedral.

Fourth stop: Back to the Apostolic Nunciature

How to see him: From Villamor Air Base, the Pope will be passing through these roads:

  •         Sales Bridge onto Skyway Ramp
  •         Osmeña Highway
  •         Quirino Avenue
  •         Taft Avenue to Apostolic Nunciature

The roads above will be closed from 3 p.m. until the convoy reaches its destination. There will also be alternate route going through the Airport Road to Andrews Avenue, Domestic Road. NAIA Road, Roxas Boulevard, Quirino Avenue, and Taft Avenue, which will be closed from 5 p.m. onwards.


JANUARY 18, SUNDAY

First stop: From the Apostolic Nunciature, the Pope will be heading to the University of Santo Tomas where he will meet with other religious leaders and the youth in the university. 

How to see him: Below are the roads that Pope will be passing

  •         Taft Avenue
  •         Quirino Avenue
  •         Nagtahan Bridge
  •         Lacson Avenue
  •         España to UST Gate

The roads above will be closed from 6:30 a.m. until the Pope arrives in UST. There will also be an alternate route passing through Taft Avenue, Quezon Bridge, Quezon Boulevard, Lerma Street and España Boulevard.

STREET SMART PRO-TIP: In the "Dialogue with the Youth" event at UST, the Pope will be meeting with about 24,000 pre-selected youth delegates at the university's grandstand at 10:30 a.m. However, it's a public event and the public will be allowed into the venue as early as 4 a.m via the school's Gates 10 and 11. So no need to pretend to be a student. Just go there early, and prepare for a long walk.

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Many roads will be closed though so you will have to park far and just make your way to the school.

Second stop: From the university, the convoy will be proceeding to Luneta where the concluding mass will be held.

How to see him: Below are the roads that the convoy will be passing

  •         Taft Avenue
  •         Roxas Boulevard
  •         Kalaw Avenue
  •         Maria Orosa Street
  •         P. Burgos
  •         Roxas Boulevard
  •         South Drive

These roads will be closed at 8:30 a.m. until the convoy arrives in Luneta. There will also be an alternate route passing through Taft Avenue, UN Avenue to Maria Orosa Street, P. Burgos, Roxas Boulevard and South Drive to Ocean Park entrance.

STREET SMART PRO-TIP: If you're not a delegate, a Yolanda survivor or a member of the clergy, this day is your best bet to see Pope in the flesh. The mass, which starts at 3:30 p.m., to be celebrated at the Quirino Grandstand, is completely open to the public. But be there very, very early as only 700,000 people will be allowed into the cordoned-off mass area.

A total of five million are expected to come.

Camping out overnight will also not be allowed as the public will only be allowed entry to the park from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the day of the mass. Like the Manila Cathedral mass though, if you're not lucky enough to get in, tents and wide screens will be set up around the venue so you can still catch a glimpse of the man of the hour.

Our best advice: avoid the traffic, and just look for a place to crash at (a buddy's house, a parking area; the nearest hotels are reportedly already booked full) so you can just walk to the mass venue in the morning.


JANUARY 19, MONDAY

THE FINAL CHANCE: From the Apostolic Nunciature, the Pope will be heading to the Villamor Air Base where his flight back to the Vatican awaits.

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How to see him: Below are the roads that he will be passing

  •         Taft Avenue
  •         Quirino Avenue
  •         Roxas Boulevard
  •         NAIA Road
  •         Domestic Road
  •         Airport Road to Andrews Avenue
  •         Villamor Air Base Gate 5

These roads will be closed from 6 a.m. onwards. There will also be an alternate route passing through Taft Avenue, Quirino Avenue, Osmeña Highway, SLEX to Magallanes, SLEX to Sales Bridge all the way to Villamor Air Base Gate 5.

Extra Pointers: Weapons and firearms are strictly prohibited. Also, if you live in Manila City, a liquor ban has been imposed from January 15 to 19, so buy your drinks early if you're from that place.


OTHER WAYS TO SEE THE POPE THAT DOESN'T REQUIRE GOING OUT OF THE HOUSE:

Of course, not everyone wants to duke it out in that massive, massive crowd. If you're one of these, here are a few more ways to catch the Man From Vatican.

SPECIAL COVERAGES ON TV:

Catch him on SKY Free View!

Along with the major TV networks, you can also catch the Pope on SKYcable and Destiny Cable's SKY free view. These cable providers will be broadcasting the entire papal visit live from January 15 to 19, and in high def no less! 

With no extra actions necessary, you simply need to tune in to these channels:

  •  Ch 99 SD/195 HD in Metro Manila, Rizal, Cavite, Laguna and Bulacan (San Jose del Monte)
  •  Ch 22 SD/702 HD in Baguio, Cebu, Bacolod, Iloilo, Dumaguete, Davao and GenSan


Video via SKYcable

 

YOUR ONLINE SOURCES OF ALL THINGS POPE

Keep coming back to FHM.com.ph and also follow these online Pope portals to keep yourself up-to-date on all things Pope!

The Official Vatican Network

The official Instagram account of the Pope

The official Twitter account of the Pope

The unofficial Pope hashtags: #PopeFrancisPH, #PapalVisitPH, #PopeInPH

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ABS-CBN's PopeFrancisPH site

Rappler's Pope Francis Special

The unofficial PopeInPH site: Papalvisit.ph

Inquirer's Pope In PH

GMA's Pope Francis Special

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