The management of SM Mall of Asia Arena, which will be the venue for Pope Francis’ “Encounter with the Families” event on Friday, January 16, 2015, organized by the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), has disseminated information to the public on the Pope’s MOA Arena activities.
The Pope, whose estimated time of arrival at the MOA Complex is at 5:15 p.m., will celebrate the Liturgy of the World, which will involve a reading of the Holy Gospel, reflection, prayer, and blessings for all families present. Selected families will share their testimonies on poverty, migration, and disability, with the Pope and the public.
The event is expected to end at 7:00 p.m.
It was made clear by the SM MOA management that all tickets are free and issued by the CBCP for the MOA event while local Dioceses will also issue free tickets specifically for 16 cinemas which will have live streaming of the Pope’s MOA appearance: SM City North Edsa, SM Megamall, SM Southmall, SM City Manila, SM City Sta. Mesa, SM City San Lazaro, SM City Fairview, SM City Marikina, SM City Bacoor, SM City Dasmariñas, SM City Clark, SM City Pampanga, SM City Cebu, SM City Iloilo, SM City Davao, and SM City Lanang.
Those who are in the vicinity of the MOA Arena, can still see the Pope during the motorcade as well as the proceedings inside the MOA Arena, through LED screens with speakers within the MOA complex.
MOA Arena gates will open at 11:00 a.m and will be closed at 3:30 p.m. The South Open Parking will open at 9:00 a.m. and close at 3:30 p.m.
The MOA Arena Annex building (MAAX), located in front of MOA Arena, along Coral Way, will open at 4:00 a.m. onwards (on a first come first served basis). Only those who will present official Papal visit 2015 Ids and the Red colored Arena tickets (for the pre-seated delegates inside the MOA Arena), will be allowed entry, and white colored Arena tickets (for the seated delegates in the South Open Parking between MOA Arena & SMX).
For media inquiries pertaining to the “Encounter with Families” may be coursed through: CBCP, tel. no. (632) 404-2182 and Radio Television Malacañang (RTVM) tel. no. (632) 733-3713.