Some people choose to watch papal mass at luneta on big screens along Taft avenue and Roxas blvd.

January 19, 2015 5:09 am 

MANILA, Jan. 18 — Since the entrance to the Quirino Grandstand had been closed and rains continue to pour, some people choose to stay under the Light Rail Transit (LRT) railway along Taft Avenue, particularly at the corner T.M Kalaw St. and U.N. Avenue in Manila, where they watch the Mass on the big screens.

The Eucharistic celebration officiated by Pope Francis can be seen on the big screens, which were located on Taft Avenue and Roxas Blvd, provided by the local government.

According to Roda Morales, 35, of Sta. Rosa, Laguna, they were not able to enter the Luneta grounds as police told them that the area is already full of people.

“Wala na daw lugar sa loob, galing pa kami ng Laguna, alas 2 ng umaga kami umalis dun. Dahil wala ng pwesto dito na lang kami nagstay sa ilalim ng LRT, napapanood din naman naming ditto ang misa ng Santo Papa,” she said.

Aside from several wide screens, the event at the Luneta was also broadcast in local basketball courts and some malls.

“Katulad din ng laban ni Cong. Manny Pacquiao, may mga lugar na may live feed sila para mapanood ng mga tao na hindi na nakapunta dito sa Manila,“ said Msgr. Pedro Quitorio, head of the papal visit media and information committee.

A group of Filipino youth also chose to watch the papal mass along Taft Avenue on the wide screen.

Ricky Villamonte, 19, student, said they went to the University of Santo Tomas but were not also allowed to enter since there were already too many people inside the venue. They just waited for the event to end and waited for Pope Francis to leave the university.

“Gusto sana naming sa UST kaso hindi na sila nagpapapasok. Masaya kami kasi nakita pa rin naming si Pope nung umalis na sya ng UST. Sa ilalim ng LRT naman, dun na lang kami nanood ng Mass nya,” he added.

On the other hand, Lourdes Castillo, 65, said they went home after seeing the Pope since she and her companions were drenched.

“After makita na namin si Pope Francis, dumaan sa harap namin. Uuwi na kami, magpapalit ng damit, baka magkasakit naman. Masaya kaming uuwi kasi nakita namin siya at feeling blessed na kami,” she said.The Mass at the Luneta was the last event of Pope Francis in the country as he is scheduled to leave for Rome on Monday, January 19 after his five-day Apostolic and State viait to the Philippines. (PNA)

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