WACOM 2017 PHILIPPINES
7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS (CONGRESS ONLY)
15 JAN Arrive Manila, meet and assist transfer to hotel for check in
16 JAN Manila Cathedral
17 JAN University of Sto. Tomas (UST)
18 JAN Padre Pio National Shrine (Batangas)
19 JAN National Shrine of Divine Mercy (Bulacan)
20 JAN Balanga Cathedral (Bataan)
21 JAN Check out hotel (Transfer to Airport for flight back to country of origin)
MIN. 30 PERSONS (30+1)
|TOURIST CLASS HOTEL
** For Foreign delegates only.
** For Local/Philippine Residents delegates – rates upon request
- 6 nights hotel accommodation in Manila
- Daily Hotel Breakfast
- Roundtrip Airport transfers with Airport Representatives
- Use of tourist air-conditioned bus transportation for the whole duration of
- itinerary via seat-in-coach
- Services of WACOM Coordinators to be assigned in each buses.
- Wristband for identification
- Priority seat in all the venues
- Priority Parking during the event
- Government taxes and local bank charges
OPTIONAL TOURS & EXTRA NIGHT RATE – UPON REQUEST
A non-refundable guarantee deposit of USD150.00 per person is required to secure
your hotel reservation. Full payment of the balance must be made on or before
September 2, 2016.
- Congress Registration Fees worth USD 300.00 per person (meals & congress kit)
- International Airport departure tax currently pegged at PHP 550.00 per person
- Gratuities for the local coordinator and driver
- Other incidental charges that may be incurred by the participant throughout the duration of the pilgrimage.
DAY 1. JAN 15 (SUN). COUNTRY OF ORIGIN – MANILA
Arrive at NAIA. After immigration and customs formalities. Meet and assist. Transfer to your hotel..
DAY 2. JAN 16 (MON). MANILA.
Attend the Opening Mass at the Manila Cathedral. Experience the joy of celebrating the Holy Eucharist with all the bishops of the Philippines, concelebrating with Cardinals, Asian Bishops, the clergy. Receive the Papal blessing of mercy through Papal Nuncio. Manila Cathedral, also called the Manila Metropolitan Cathedral-Basilica, has been a venue for papal Masses in the country, with Blessed Paul VI in 1970 and St John Paul II in 1981 saying their Masses. It has been the seat of the Catholic Church in Manila since Pope Clement VIII elevated the Diocese of Manila to a Metropolitan Archdiocese on August 14, 1595. Pope Francis celebrated Mass on January 16, 2015, the first papal visit of the 21st century.
After mass you will be picked up and transfer back to hotel and free at leisure, option to do shopping in the nearest mall located in your hotel.
DAY 3. JAN 17 (TUE). MANILA.
After breakfast, you will be picked up and transferred to University of Santo Tomas for the main event of the WACOM 2017. Jesus Christ calls us disciples to himself, representative of the Church as a communion gathered by the merciful initiative of God. Listen to God’s message for our time as delivered to us by well-known messengers of mercy, headed by Christoph Cardinal Schornborn, D.D, Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle and many others who will satisfy our hunger and thirst for God’s Word of comfort for the world. The University of Santo Tomas, founded on April 28, 1611, is one of the oldest existing universities and holds the oldest extant university charter in the Philippines and in Asia.
DAY 4. JAN 18 (WED). MANILA – SANTO TOMAS (BATANGAS) – MANILA.
Leave Manila to visit the Padre Pio National Shrine in Sto. Tomas, Batangas. Benefit from the Tribunal of Mercy at the Padre Pio National Shrine in Sto. Tomas, Batangas where Archbishop Ramon C. Arguelles, D.D. welcomes all delegates. Saint Padre Pio became famous after receiving the “Stigmata“. On 16 June 2002, he was canonized a saint by Pope John Paul II. Padre Pio is the Patron saint of Confessors, Catholic Adolescents and Civil Defense Volunteers. On September 20, 1918, while hearing confessions, Padre Pio had his first occurrence of the stigmata: bodily marks, pain, and bleeding in locations corresponding to the crucifixion wounds of Jesus Christ. This phenomenon continued for fifty years, until the end of his life. The blood flowing from the stigmata smelled of perfume or flowers, a phenomenon mentioned in stories of the lives of several saints and often referred to as the odour of sanctity. Return to Manila.
DAY 5. JAN 19 (THU). MANILA – MARILAO (BULACAN) – MANILA
After breakfast, head for the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy, Marilao, Bulacan. After a whole day’s experience of doing corporal works of mercy, we gather at the National Shrine to enjoy a festive evening of fun, singing, dancing and tasting the best Philippine cuisine the “Barrio Fiesta” way; a Filipino tradition of welcoming, entertaining and sharing its hospitality to special guests. This day of thanksgiving with Bishop Jose F. Oliveros, D.D. leading to express our gratitude to God.
Here you are free to walk around the gardens, meditate the Passion with life-sized statues of the Stations of the Cross. The Guadalupe Chapel at the church basement where the picture of Our Lady is enthroned with its flowing water, considered by many pilgrims having healing properties.
The Rosary Hill, Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes and Grotto of Our Lady of Fatima are places where people can pray for special intentions and for healing.
The Shrine offers the Little Poland Museum that feature depictions of the house and basement where St. John Paul II lived, the Chapel where St. Faustina Kowalska had a vision of the Divine Mercy and the prison cell of St. Maximilian Kolbe where he was martyred.
After the event, travel back to Manila.
DAY 6. JAN 20 (FRI). MANILA – BALANGA (BATAAN) - MANILA
After Breakfast, Travel to Balanga where Bishop Ruperto C. Santos D.D., WACOM-Asia Episcopal Coordinator, hosts this final day and leads us to our mission of mercy. This final day highlights our pilgrimage of mercy as we accept the challenge to go wherever God sends us to proclaim His love and forgiveness. Delegates are sent forth as Apostolic Missionaries of Mercy by all Cardinals and Bishops in a candlelight ceremony by the sea. Mission sending to be led by Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle D.D, Christoph Cardinal Schonborn, D.D., Archbishop Socrates Villegas, D.D., Bishop Ruperto Santos, D.D., and Bishop Jose F. Oliveros, D.D., Rev. Fr. Patrice Chocholski and Rev. Fr. Prospero V. Tenorio. Delegates recite the MISSION PRAYER FOR DIVINE MERCY while led lights are thrown into the sea symbolizing going forth on apostolic mission. Return to Manila after the evening activities.
DAY 7. JAN 21 (SAT). MANILA – COUNTRY OF ORIGIN
After breakfast, check out and transfer to NAIA for your noontime flight back to Country of Origin..