The pope is on a five-day visit to the Philippines, the country with Asia’s largest Catholic population. He has been welcomed with great enthusiasm, with thousands lining streets to catch a glimpse of him as he passes by.
On Saturday, the pope arrived in Leyte, the island in the central Philippines that was devastated by Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013. On Sunday, he is to celebrate a public Mass in Manila that government officials say could draw more than five million people.
Check out this helpful guide compiled by ABS-CBN if you have plans to attend mass to be led by Pope Francis on Sunday at the Quirino Grandstand.
Here’s how to go there and what you should expect.
For private vehicles, parking areas can be taken advantaged at the CCP Complex, Manila Zoo, Rizal Memorial Stadium, and other areas but these are expected to be filled with vehicles.
Eight convergence sites along Taft Avenue, Kalaw Avenue, Katigbak Parkway and other areas have also been identified by organizers.
For commuters, the best way to reach the site is via the LRT 1.
You can alight at the LRT’s UN Station and walk across Kalaw Street to Luneta.
Gates are along M. Orosa and will be open starting at 6 a.m. Sunday.
The Luneta Mass site will be organized into grids that will be secured by police, soldiers, as well as Department of Health and Red Cross personnel.
Pope Francis will be on his popemobile and will go around the area to greet mass-goers.
Here are a few reminders for your safety during the mass: