Mainstream media first said 20,000, then 40,000. Someone even saw a reporter say “daan-daan” (hundreds) on TV.
So how about let’s let the pics do the talking:
We haven’t found pics from exactly the same vantage points, but these might help:
World Youth Day 1995 Pics:
The pics in this link, and this quote: “and boy the crowd was really huge! the last time i saw Rizal Oark this crowded was during the 1995 World Youth Day in Manila. every square inch of the park is full of people, some even brought tents! Data from the Park admin showed that almost 500,000 Filipinos gathered at the park to celebrate Christmas Eve and Christmas day of 2010 and about half a million was there as well in welcoming 2011.