The priest who served as emcee before and after the papal mass at the Quirino Grandstand in Luneta last Sunday said sorry for supposedly destroying the solemnity of the record breaking event.
Fr. Hans Magdurulang, who led the world-record crowd in cheering Pope Francis, has received negative reactions from netizens for supposedly making a “variety show” out of the event.
According to media interview, Magdurulang said it was only last night when he saw the netizens’ reactions — both positive and negative — on his hosting style. He said he does not have accounts on Twitter and Facebook.
He admitted that he cried after reading the comments on social media, saying, “Ganito pala ma-bash.”
But instead of being angry at them, he said he just reflected on his actions and asked himself what he could have done wrong to receive those negative reactions.
“Hindi daw po ako bagay na mag-emcee, masyado daw po akong maingay. Sinira ko daw po ‘yung solemnity ng misa. Para daw pong ginawang show, perya, noontime show… nung sinasabi ko po na wagayway, paulit-ulit.”
“Siyempre po napaisip po ako. Sabi ko mukhang mali po yata ‘yung ginawa ko, baka may mali po akong nagawa, nasira ko po ‘yung event. Tinanong ko po talaga ‘yan sa sarili ko,” Magdurulang said.
— JR Pantino (@guillmo) January 18, 2015
"Parang Jollibee/Mcdo party host yung Luneta Emcee" – mom
— kat (@katreencat) January 18, 2015
But looking back, he said he was just really doing his job and was only following the instructions given to him.