I had been looking forward to joining the 20th World Youth Day in Cologne, Germany this month.

But after a long wait for the result of our Shengen visa application, I got this message from the organizers last Friday:

AKAP got 616 passports at FEDEX warehse at 7am 2day after waiting whole nite. Of 616 passports 616 wer denied visa.

Jovi is right now wid Sec. Romulo who wil act as bridge 2 German ambassador.

Many delegates never travelld. But many hav Schengen n US visas. Yet all wer denied just d same. If each applicant is given visa on merit, wat just happend is a statistical improbability. Postpond all flyts on 8,9,10, 11 for nxt wk in time 4 WYD on 16. AKAP

Tsk tsk tsk. The theme of this year’s theme is “We have come to worship Him.” It looks like we cannot come to worship Him in Cologne. And we have to wait a little more time before we could see in person.

Ederic Eder

Ederic is a Filipino communications worker in the telecom, media, and technology industry. He writes about K-dramas and Korean celebrities for Hallyudorama.

He used to be a social media manager for news at GMA Network, where he also headed YouScoop, GMA News and Public Affairs’ citizen journalism arm.

He was with Yahoo! Philippines for more than three years before returning to GMA Network, where he was also previously part of the News Research section.

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