(photo from CNN)
Though I am not a Catholic, I was happy for my Catholic friends who were jubilant that a current day world religious leader of this magnitude would come to our little island town. The Pope was gracious to our citizenry especially to the disadvantaged. It was noteworthy that he braved the torrent of yet another tropical storm named Amang (which is a deep Tagalog word for "father"); Taclobanons, even pilgrims from the neighboring islands and outside the country were deeply moved by this.
This mass elation was palpated weeks before, during and even days after the historic visit. What a boon for Tacloban City to be in the headlines all over the globe again, this time not for tragedy, but for something celebratory.