MANILA, Philippines (Exclusive to The Adobo Chronicles) – Pope Francis arrived at Villamor Airbase in Manila on Thursday for a 5-day visit to this predominantly Roman Catholic Asian nation.
The pope was greeted with all the pomp and formality afforded any foreign state visitor or dignitary. He was met by no less than Philippine President NoyNoy Aquino.
The welcome ceremony began with the playing of the national anthems of the Philippines and the Vatican.
Alas, organizers of the ceremony played the wrong anthem for the Vatican. They played the national anthem of Italy. (Click on video clip above to listen to the correct national anthem of the Vatican).
Someone forgot to tell the organizers that the Vatican, although located in Rome, Italy, is a separate state, and as such has its own national anthem.
The pope immediately noticed the error and whispered to President Aquino, “It’s the wrong anthem!” Aquino then blushed in shame and was visibly upset at the gaffe.
Aquino tried to make up by shouting ‘Viva il Papa!’ immediately after the anthem was played.
Quick thinking, Mr. President!