#PopeFrancisPH Mania: Papal visit highlights on social media

MANILA, Philippines – If you spent a lot of time online during the past 5 days, then you would know that from January 15-18, 2015, many Filipino Internet users were glued to Pope Francis. 

Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, Vine, Google+, and Reddit were abuzz with quotes, prayers, commentaries, and questions related to the pontiff. The "Pope-mania" also extended to messaging apps like LINE, Viber, and FireChat

Here is a list of what went down online from the time of his arrival to his departure.



Pope Francis arrived around 5:30 pm in the  Philippines.

TOUCHDOWN! The plane has landed. The Pope is here! LIVE STREAM: http://t.co/fHn6yGsejW #PopeFrancisPH — Rappler (@rapplerdotcom) January 15, 2015


The first thing Filipinos noticed was his smile, which was later on tagged as "unli" (unlimited smile). This photo tweet by Rappler was the first to go viral from our coverage, even though it was taken when he was still on board the plane, peeking through the window. 

Pope Francis is smiling! :) #PopeFrancisPH LIVE: http://t.co/fHn6yGsejW pic.twitter.com/T5Fbwg73tt — Rappler (@rapplerdotcom) January 15, 2015

It's like Pope Francis registered to unli-smile or something. — Nina Tomas (@ninanity) January 15, 2015

The "Welcome to the Philippines Pope Francis" tweet by Rappler pushed the phrase to become a trending topic worldwide. 

Welcome to the Philippines Pope Francis! http://t.co/fHn6yGsejW #PopeFrancisPH #ShowThePope pic.twitter.com/Jdnrx12H3p — Rappler (@rapplerdotcom) January 15, 2015

woah~~ No. 1 Trending World Wide .. Welcome to the philippines Pope Francis .. #PopeFrancisPH pic.twitter.com/C2TC8cly8T — Peter Pan ♥ (@mariaeloiza) January 15, 2015

Finally! http://t.co/fHn6yGsejW #PopeFrancisPH #ShowThePope pic.twitter.com/VnJDirnp1B — Rappler (@rapplerdotcom) January 15, 2015

As he stepped down from the plane, he smiled like a child when his zucchetto (skullcap) flew off.

Earlier: Pope Francis alights from the papal plane. #PopeFrancisPH #ShowThePope https://t.co/3DOPYNZ9wo — Rappler (@rapplerdotcom) January 15, 2015

The wind wasn't too friendly to the Pope's garments.

A little windy out! http://t.co/fHn6yGsejW #PopeFrancisPH #ShowThePope pic.twitter.com/Z8eHprhxTk — Rappler (@rapplerdotcom) January 15, 2015

To many, he was just adorable.  

After the arrival, next in his itinerary was a motorcade on his way to the Apolostic Nunciature, where he stayed for the duration of his trip. 

Television anchors and reporters pronounced the term in a variety of ways, prompting what turned out to be the question of the day: "How do you pronounce 'nunciature'?" (Click the link for the answer.)

If I may lang noh, ano ba talaga pronunciation ng "Nunciature" — Ish Abat (@ishfillet) January 15, 2015

In this day and age, the crowd cannot be silenced. As he arrived, netizens showed what they wanted the Pope to see through #ShowThePope



This was the day Pope Francis held his first mass in the Philippines. The Pope also blessed Filipino families at the SM Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena on Friday, January 16.

He charmed his way into the hearts of many. Known for his spontaneity, the Pope had his way of pleasantly surprising the crowd.

During the mass at Manila Cathedral, he stopped to reply "thank you very much" to the crowd. He read from the gospel the question "Do you love me?" and the crowd shouted "yes." 

Pope quotes from the gospel: “Do you love me?”Crowd shouts: “Yes.” @Pontifex : Thank you very much. *Laughte... https://t.co/aRKb0gv1Pd — Rappler (@rapplerdotcom) href="https://twitter.com/rapplerdotcom/status/555946607171371008">January 16, 2015