MANILA, March 12, 2014—Young Filipinos who want to get a glimpse of Pope Francis during his forthcoming trip to Korea in August only have until Friday to submit their credentials to be an official delegate to the upcoming Asian Youth Day (AYD).
Application to the Philippine delegation to the 6th AYD, which will be hosted by the diocese of Daejeon in South Korea, is due this Friday, according to the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Youth (ECY).
The ECY highly encourages early submission of application since only 100 slots are allotted to the Philippine delegation by the AYD organizers.
“Unlike the World Youth Day where invitation is open and no limits are set as regards registration, the AYD allocates a certain number of slots per youth commission of an episcopal conference in the Federation of Asian Bishops Conferences,” the ECY pointed out.
The ECY will publish a final list of its delegation by March 19 and would consequently accommodate other applicants depending on the availability of slots.
Official delegates will have to shell out US$298 or P13,400 (if $1=45) as total AYD registration fee and another US$500 or P22,500 as estimated fare for a Manila-Incheon-Manila trip.
The 6th AYD will run from August 10 to 17, with the delegates spending days in the different Korean dioceses from August 10 to 13 and eventually gathering in Daejeon from August 13 to 17 for the AYD celebrations in the host diocese.
Philippine delegates will attend a preparatory session on August 7 and 8 before flying to Korea and will also assemble for a re-entry session on August 17.
While most of the delegates will return to Manila starting August 17, depending on their post-AYD itineraries, some will remain to attend the 6th Asian Youth Ministers’ Meeting from August 18 to 20.
To recall, the Philippines hosted the last AYD, which was hosted by the diocese of Imus in 2009. There had been at least 878 Filipino delegates during the 5th AYD in Cavite, 65 during the 4th AYD in Hong Kong, 13 in India, 16 in Taiwan, and 64 in Thailand.
Earlier this week, the Vatican confirmed that the Holy Father has accepted the invitation of the government and the Catholic Church in Korea to visit the country in time for the AYD. The Pope will be in Korea from August 14 to 18, which will be his third apostolic journey since assuming the papacy a year ago. He is expected to preside over a beatification ceremony of a group of Korean martyrs. (YouthPinoy)