The Papal Visit in January 2015 in the Philippines has been recently announced. The new Holy See does not get to visit the country often, hence the excitement among Catholics is very apparent. Because of this, the government has been ironing out plans to make the Pope’s visit a successful one.
Metro Manila January 2015 Special Non-Working Holiday
In line with Pope Francis’ visit to the Philippines, Manila Mayor Joseph Ejercito Estrada signed the Executive Order 75 and declared on 27 November 2014 the suspension of classes on all levels for public and private schools “to ensure public order and convenience.” Government offices in Manila will also be closed on January 15 to 2015. This move was recommended by the Manila City Committee for the Papal Visit, Manila Police Department and Manila Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office.
On Tuesday, 23 December 2014, President Benigno Aquino III declared January 15, 16 and 19 as special, non-working holidays in Metro Manila. This declaration was made through Proclamation No 936, which Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. on Monday.
Palace also declared January 15, 16, 19 as holidays in Metro Manila
“Thousands upon thousands” of Filipinos are expected to attend the Pope’s activities in the Philippines, according to Presidential spokesman Secretary Edwin Lacierda. This is why the president ordered the entire government to make sure that the Papal Visit will be a success. In fact, a national panel was formed in July 2014 to lead the preparations for Pope Francis’ visit to the Philippines.
The Pope’s Itinerary
The Supreme Pontiff is expected to arrive in Manila on 15 January 2015. He will then make an appearance with President Benigno Aquino III and hold mass at the Manila Cathedral. The next day, his Holy See will meet families at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.
On 16 January, the Pope will fly to Leyte to meet victims of typhoon Yolanda.
On the 17th, Pope Francis will meet with religious leaders at the University of Sto. Tomas and then hold another mass at the Rizal Park.
The Holy Father will be leaving the country on the 19th of January 2015.