Pope visit ‘electrifying’
BY CARLA GOMEZ
Pope Francis enjoyed a rapturous welcome in the Philippines yesterday as he began a five-day trip in the Catholic Church's Asian heartland that is tipped to attract a world-record papal crowd.
Kabankalan Bishop Patricio Buzon said the arrival of the Pope was “simply electrifying”.
cheer arrival of pontiff
BY CARLA GOMEZ
The crowd gathered in front of the San Sebastian Cathedral in Bacolod City broke out in loud applause and cheers as the plane carrying Pope Francis landed on Philippine soil at 5:32 p.m. yesterday.
Their cheers were accompanied by the ringing of church bells and fireworks. The Bacoleño crowd of about 200 coming from a cross section of society shouted “Viva el Papa” and “Papa Francisco we love you”.
Elsewhere in Bacolod City and Negros Occidental people gathered to watch the live television coverage of the pontiff’s arrival at the Villamor Airbase in Pasay City for a five-day visit to the country.
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SP approves tricycle fare
reduction in Dumaguete
BY JUDY F. PARTLOW & JUANCHO GALLARDE
The Dumaguete Sangguniang Panlungsod approved the lowering of fares, from P8.50 to P6.50 for each passenger of motorcabs-for-hire, or pedicabs and tricycles, in Dumaguete City, after retail prices of petroleum products were reduced.
The resolution adjusted the fare, authored by Councilor Nilo Sayson, was approved Wednesday after retail pump prices in Dumaguete dropped to as low as P29.70 per liter for diesel, P38.32 for unleaded gas, and P38.67 for premium gas.