PH celebrities on Pope Francis visit
MANILA, Philippines – As everyone anticipates Pope Francis' packed Philippine trip, local celebrities also expressed their excitement for the historic event. (READ: Thousands welcome Pope Francis to the Philippines)
At the final mass in Luneta, Sunday, January 18 Bianca Gonzalez tweeted a photo of her husband JC Intal braving the rain to hear Pope Francis preside the ceremony.
Rodjun Cruz, brother of Rayver Cruz shared this photo.
"We're ready to hear the papal mass @gerryacao@tinmacatangay @chefjosesarasola @katmed28@dianne_medina #PopeFrancisinthePhilippines#Papalvisit2015 #BlessedCountry," Rodjun wrote.
Model and actress Bubble Paraiso posted this:
"My sunday #ootd || i wanted to go inside the quadrants but umbrellas werent allowed and i didnt have a raincoat... THEN a mister manong appeared selling these for 75 pesos! So happy! I wasnt very near to where the Pope was but i was close enough to hear his voice, watch the big screen, and feel his presence. Its not every Sunday that i get to hear mass officiated by the Pope! No rain and wind will stop me.. It was all worth #DearPope #papalvisit2015 #stoodfor4hrs#PopeFrancisPH," Bubbles wrote.
TV5 stars Derek Ramsay and Jasmine Curtis-Smith posted photos wearing t-shirts featuring some of the Pope’s memorable quotes.
“Great day for our nation. #dearpopefrancis,” Derek wrote.
“I have a dogmatic certainty: God is in every person’s life. God is in everyone’s life. Even if the life of a person has been a disaster, even if it is destroyed by vices, drugs or anything else—God is in this person’s life. You can, you must try to seek God in every human life. Although the life of a person is a land full of thorns and weeds, there is always a space in which the good seed can grow. You have to trust God." | #DearPopeFrancis, thank you in advance for your visit! I pray for your safety and that this visit will touch the hearts of our people,”Jasmine said.
Ramon Bautista meanwhile shared photos from his coverage of the Pope’s arrival. He was accompanied by friends Lourd De Veyra, RA Rivera and Jun Sabayton.
" Abangers sa Papa #Popearazzi #DearPopeFrancis#WelcomeToThePhilippines#BasbasanNyoPoKamingMgaMakasalanan," Ramon captioned.
"World Youth Day 2015 <3 #DearPopeFrancis#TellTheWorldOfHisLove #MercyAndCompassion."
Actor Matteo Guidicelli tweeted that he was having "goosebumps" as the Pope approached the country.
Watching preparations for the Pope on ANC. I already have goosebumps!! #PopeFrancisPH— Matteo Guidicelli (@mateoguidicelli) January 15, 2015
Volleyball player and TV host Gretchen Ho tweeted safety reminders.
Bianca Gonzalez had this to say:
Ruffa Gutierrez tweeted that Pope Francis has taken the country by storm.
TV personality Daphne Osena Paez said she feels the love.
Overwhelmed. Tears are flowing. I feel the love #popefrancisph— Daphne Osena Paez (@DaphneOP) January 15, 2015
Singer Gary Valenciano said he hopes the Filipino people can put a smile on the Pope's face during his visit..
Blessed by seeing smiling happy Filipinos showing so much love and gratitude to Pope Francis. I hope we've put a smile in his heart too— GARY VALENCIANO (@GaryValenciano1) January 15, 2015
Divine Lee shared one of the Pope's quotes.
"Uniting us all in love #popefrancisph," she wrote.
Anne Curtis has this to say:
Welcome to the Philippines Pope Francis #PopeFrancisPH— Anne Curtis-Smith (@annecurtissmith) January 15, 2015
Singer Jamie Rivera, who composed and performed the song "We Are All God's Children" shared a photo from the meeting of families at the Mall of Asia Arena, Friday, January 16.
"So happy to meet Pope Francis," she wrote.
Jed Madela and Angeline Quinto, who performed at the Inter-Religious meeting and Ecounter with Youth at the University of St. Tomas shared photos from the event. The two were among the performers announced to sing for the Pope's activities. (PHOTOS: Angeline, Jed, Jamie perform at Pope Francis UST event)
"Blessed to have heard the Liturgy of the Word officiated by Pope Francis. Praise God!@loveangelinequinto @darrenespanto1@jamierivera8295," Jed said.
“Salamat po Panginoon sa pagkakataong makakanta sa harap ng mga taong ito na lahat ay naghihintay sa pag dating ng Santo Papa, kahit sa panaginip ko ay hindi nangyari ito, masayang masaya po ako talaga. Ang marinig lang ang boses ni Pope Francis sa personal hindi ko na maipaliwanag ang saya ng puso ko, at lalo nang makita ko siya kasama ko ang Mama Bob. Hanggat nabubuhay ako hinding hindi ko makakalimutan ang pangyayaring ito. 01-18-2015 #PopeTYSM #PopeFrancisPH #ThankyouUST,” Angeline wrote.
(Thank you Lord for the opportunity to perform before this huge crowd, who waited for the Pope. Never in my dreams that I would expect this to happen, but I am very happy. To hear the voice of Pope Francis, I cannot explain the happiness in my heart, especially when I saw him with Mama Bob. Until I am alive on this world, I will never ever forget this experience.)
Singer Jim Paredes has this to say:
The Pope is loving, compassionate & kind. But it is in the local churches that we must feel this if the church is to change— Jim (@Jimparedes) January 18, 2015
Some of the celebrities will play a part in the Pope's 5-day visit. The Voice Kids champ Lyca Gairanod will perform the song "Tell The World of His Love" at the Mall of Asia Arena, while Angeline Quinto, Erik Santos and Darren Espanto will sing at the scheduled mass in Luneta and Encounter of Youth at the University of the Sto. Tomas, Sunday, January 18. – Rappler.com