Strong winds, flood water at Tacloban airport’s runway trigger plane trouble

January 19, 2015 by · Comments Off on Strong winds, flood water at Tacloban airport’s runway trigger plane trouble 

By Rhaydz B. Barcia

TACLOBAN CITY, Jan. 18 (PNA) — Strong winds and floodwater at the Tacloban City airport caused the airplane carrying Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. and company to plunge into the grassy area of the airport’s runway at about 1:00 p.m. Saturday.

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Pope Francis blesses the mass grave of typhoon ‘Yolanda’ victims beside the Palo Cathedral

January 18, 2015 by · Comments Off on Pope Francis blesses the mass grave of typhoon ‘Yolanda’ victims beside the Palo Cathedral 

150117142405Pope Francis, wearing a raincoat, blesses the mass grave of the victims of typhoon “Yolanda” beside the Palo Cathedral in Leyte during his visit to Tacloban City on Saturday (Jan. 17, 2015). (PNA photo by Avito C. Dalan)

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Pope Francis reciprocates the greetings of Palo folks

January 18, 2015 by · Comments Off on Pope Francis reciprocates the greetings of Palo folks 

150117142238Pope Francis, wearing a raincoat, reciprocates the greetings of the people of Palo, Leyte with a wave during his visit to Tacloban City on Saturday (Jan. 17, 2015). (PNA photo by Avito C. Dalan)
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People of Palo, Leyte welcome visiting Pope Francis

January 18, 2015 by · Comments Off on People of Palo, Leyte welcome visiting Pope Francis 

150117132037Pope Francis acknowledges with a wave the greetings of the people of Palo, Leyte during his visit to Tacloban City on Saturday (Jan. 17, 2015). (PNA photo by Avito C. Dalan)
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Pilgrims begin filling Tacloban City mass area

January 17, 2015 by · Comments Off on Pilgrims begin filling Tacloban City mass area 

150116194216Photo on Friday evening (January 16, 2015) shows pilgrims entering the area near the Tacloban Airport where Pope Francis will celebrate mass Saturday. People going to their respective quadrants in the fenced-in compound can not help but admire the elaborately-lit stage where His Holiness will celebrate the Holy Eucharist. (PNA photos by Lito Reganit)LAm

Security measures at Tacloban City mass area

January 17, 2015 by · Comments Off on Security measures at Tacloban City mass area 

150116161805Workers and volunteers, some of them wearing raincoats due to a slight drizzle, undergo strict security precautions on Friday afternoon (January 16, 2015) prior to entering the mass area near Tacloban Airport as part of the final preparations for the arrival of Pope Francis on Saturday. (PNA photo by Lito Reganit)LAM/fom

TS 'Amang' prevents Bicolano pilgrims from reaching Leyte to see Pope

January 17, 2015 by · Comments Off on TS 'Amang' prevents Bicolano pilgrims from reaching Leyte to see Pope 

By Danny O. Calleja`

MATNOG, Sorsogon, Jan. 16 (PNA) -– After disappointedly fixing his eyes on the sea towards the Visayas direction for a couple of minutes, 76-year-old Lorenzo Andes drew a deep sigh as he turned his back and headed towards the exit gate of the roll-on, roll-off (Ro-Ro) terminal here.

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Pope Francis to bring hope to disaster survivors – officials

January 17, 2015 by · Comments Off on Pope Francis to bring hope to disaster survivors – officials 

By Roel T. Amazona

TACLOBAN CITY, Jan. 16 (PNA) — The visit of Pope Francis on Saturday here will bring hope to the people in this typhoon-weary province.

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Preparations for Pope Francis mass in Tacloban City

January 16, 2015 by · Comments Off on Preparations for Pope Francis mass in Tacloban City 

150116093632Photos taken Friday (January 16, 2015) shows the preparations near the Tacloban City airport for the scheduled mass of Pope Francis on Saturday. The areas include the backside where media platforms are located; the stage where a makeshift altar is erected; steel quadrants to contain the public; and the various facilities that include field hospitals, media centers and water stations, among others. (PNA photos by Avito Dalan)LAM/acd

AFP Central Command ready if Pope Francis drops by Cebu

January 16, 2015 by · Comments Off on AFP Central Command ready if Pope Francis drops by Cebu 

By Eddie O. Barrita

CEBU CITY, Jan. 16 (PNA) — The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Central Command (Centcom) based in Camp Lapu-Lapu in Barangay Lahug, Cebu City has made preparations for the possibility that Pope Francis would come to Cebu due to tropical storm Amang.

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