2015 Papal Visit To Philippines A Holiday In Manila

The visit of Pope Francis to the Philippines next year is a holiday in the City of Manila, which will start from January 15 to January 19, 2015.

2015 Papal Visit To Philippines A Holiday In Manila
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Mayor Joseph Estrada is set to declare the special four-day holiday and plans to ask the pontiff to "save" the local government from bankruptcy, PhilSTAR.com reported.

He said venues such as the Manila Cathedral, the Quirino Grandstand in Rizal Park, the University of Santo Tomas (UST), and the residence of the Papal Nuncio, as well as the devotees who will sleep or stay in vigil during the pope’s visit will be fully secured.

Estrada reportedly said that security preparations for the papal visit are concerted efforts between the local and national level. The city government, he said, is closely coordinating with both the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the military (AFP).

He told the STAR he would kiss the Pope's hand and ask for his blessing so that the city government may recover from the bankruptcy left by his predecessor.