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Dying of envy: Pope Francis visits Malacañan
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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.

Pope Francis at Malacañan

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.

Pope Francis at Malacañan

He kissed and blessed some very lucky children

Pope Francis at Malacañan
Pope Francis at Malacañan
Pope Francis at Malacañan

Upon entering the palace he was offered a cold towel, which he used to wipe his face, and a drink of water. Klazzz!

Pope Francis at Malacañan

I love him na. I wonder who ended up with the towel!!!

Pope Francis at Malacañan

He was led to a room where he signed a giant guestbook

Pope Francis at Malacañan

And wrote down a message, copying from a cheat sheet, according to Catholic News Service

Pope Francis signs the guest book

He exchanged gifts with President Aquino who gave him a sculpture of Our Lady carved out of a tree felled by Yolanda

Exchange of gifts between Pope Francis and President Aquino

An Atlas from the Vatical library was presented to President Aquino in return

Exchange of gifts between Pope Francis and President Aquino

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.

Pope Francis at Malacañan

I died of jealousy after that and spent the rest of the day eating, sleeping, watching TV and crying.

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