Wrap: People who wait for Pope Francis along streets
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Filipinos – old, young, and everyone in between – came to see Pope Francis on his second day in the country, Friday, January 16.
Rappler followed his route from Malacañang to Manila Cathedral and from the Apostolic Nunciature to Mall of Asia (MOA) and asked people their different stories, reasons, and motivations for seeing the pope.
Get to know the people who came to see Pope Francis:
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Angelita Freitheim, 54, an accountant in Garland, Texas went home for a vacation last November 2014 and decided to extend his stay in the Philippines in anticipation to see Pope Francis during his papal visit.
Angelita is a non-Catholic but felt really happy when she saw the Pope.
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Nenita Honrales, 60, who works at a networking site came all the way from Olongapo city to see Pope Francis.
She came early to Manila with her friends on Friday to find a good position along the motorcade of Pope Francis.
Even though it was just for a split second, she said seeing Pope Francis was very fulfilling.
Non-Catholic excited to see the Pope
Melanie Asuncion, a pregnant woman, joins the crowd hoping to have a glimpse of Pope Francis on Januray 18, 2015.
She is not Catholic but she is determined to see the Pontiff together with her family.
"I’m not Catholic but he seems kind the way he treats people," Asuncion said.
She believes her child will be blessed if she sees the Holy Father.
A woman carrying Sto. Nino
At Quirino Avenue on Sunday, 67-year-old Binelda Alaba patiently waited for the papal convoy. She brought the statue of Sto Niño she has been keeping since 1987.
"I heard we could bring Sto. Nino images for them to be blessed by the Pope," Alaba said in Filipino.
She believes the image of the child Jesus saved her when she suffered a stroke in 2009 and when she almost drowned in a river in the same year. - with reports from Gwen de la Cruz, Sarah Olan, Raisa Serafica, Jene Pangue/Rappler.com