I lost track of time last night while watching Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and playing Candy Crush Soda (I’m a multi-tasker). When I checked, it was already 4:23 AM. Time to sleep.
I woke up at 9:15 AM just in time to watch Pope Francis en route to Malacañan for a courtesy visit.
I have never been to Malacañan and it looked so retro beautiful on TV with the sprawling lawn and the retro marching band.
The Pope looked happy and refreshed, even with the 21-gun salute. It went smoothly.
The politicians and bishops were all lined up. All the politicians and epals kissed the ring and all the bishops just shook hands.
He kissed and blessed some very lucky children
Upon entering the palace he was offered a cold towel, which he used to wipe his face, and a drink of water. Klazzz!
I love him na. I wonder who ended up with the towel!!!
He was led to a room where he signed a giant guestbook
And wrote down a message, copying from a cheat sheet, according to Catholic News Service
He exchanged gifts with President Aquino who gave him a sculpture of Our Lady carved out of a tree felled by Yolanda
An Atlas from the Vatical library was presented to President Aquino in return
There were speeches—a strong one by President Aquino that was delivered so fast, I don’t remember. Something about someone insulting his hair….
My friend Anthony was lucky to have been at Malacañan as part of Margarita Fores’ catering team.
Anthony got up at 2:30 AM and was there by 4 AM to prepare brunch for the guests before the Pope arrived.
He was able to see the Pope up close and take this amazing photo.
I died of jealousy after that and spent the rest of the day eating, sleeping, watching TV and crying.