Villamor Airbase, Pasay City
14 January 2014

His Holiness Pope Francis arrived in the Philippines at 5:32 pm via Sri Lankan Airlines A340 for his five-day State Visit and Apostolic Journey to the country.

President Benigno S. Aquino III, together with Vice President Jejomar Binay, members of the Cabinet, the country’s archbishops, and selected children warmly welcomed Pope Francis and his delegation.

As part of the welcome ceremony for Pope Francis, the youth prepared a dance number and two children offered him flowers upon coming down the stairs. The pontiff showed his joy and appreciation by hugging the two children.

From Villamor Air Base, Pope Francis boarded an open-type pope mobile on the way to the Nunciature where he will officially stay throughout his visit. A huge number of Filipinos hoping to see the pontiff lined up the streets of Manila and cheered loudly when the papal convoy passed by. Pope Francis stood inside his vehicle throughout the trip and waved enthusiastically until he entered the Nunciature.

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