Sunday, May 1, 2011

Remembering World Youth Day 1995

I was in college when World Youth Day was hosted by the Philippines. I went together with my friends in my parish and it was an experience I would never forget and here's a handwritten line from my scrapbook,

"Pope John Paul II became my crush. He's so cute! I saw him!!! My friend carried me so I can see him better. It was exhilarating and indescribable. It made me cry. He really does have an aura which he projects widely."

World Youth Day 1995 was the most attended WYD. There were a lot of people and a number of my co-parishioners fainted and we slept on Roxas Boulevard (near the island in front of Quirino Grandstand). It was all worth it though because seeing the Pope John Paul II pass by in his Pope mobile is an experience that can never be replicated. I remember crying when I saw him. He glowed! I don't know how it is possible, but his aura was white. I felt love and peace.

And here's some of my memorablia from World Youth Day 1995 (they survived Typhoon Ondoy!).


  1. Me and my ex-GF (now Wife LOL) saw the Pope up close at UST during WYD '95! We still have our WYD memorabilia intact.

  2. Wow! How I wish I was able to walk during that time..

  3. Ate Neysa1:53 AM

    Cool! I didn't know you had pics! One pic is proof enough that I was there. Tapos magka hug pa tayo! Mwah!

  4. Aileen, your post brought back so many happy memories of the World Youth Day here :)

  5. @Jerome swerte niyo ha!

    @Ate Neysa yeah! Ang sweet natin! Haha.

    @Maui saya nun noh? Kahit super siksikan. I remember singing "Tell the World of His Love" countless number of times.