Hotel Benilde Maison De La Salle was secretly home to Pope Francis’ Papal Entourage last January 14-19, 2015 in Manila. The presence of the high ranking Vatican Cardinals and Swiss Guards or papal bodyguards remained confidential during their stay. Now that they are away, here are pictures from the devoted team that handled the delegation.
As early as January 12 classes in SHRIM were cancelled. Those of us not part of the Papal Visit 2015 were asked to vacate the building. Security was very tight and only members of the Benilde Papal Team were allowed in the premises. The whole hotel was closed for the congregation. The different entrances even had metal detectors and x-ray machines!
Congratulations to the Secretariat Team headed by Ms. Lettie Delarmente. They worked very hard to show our guests the true meaning of Filipino and Lasallian hospitality. The
culinary team was headed by executive chef Mae Belgira Montalban of the De La Salle- College 0f Saint Benilde School of Hotel and Restaurant Management. Chef Mae’s Papal Menu was even signed by the different cardinals. Congratulations Team Benilde!! Animo!!!
( photo credits: Chef Mae Montalban, Pierre Cornelis, Jester Arellano, Lettie Delarmente)