By Julma M. Narvadez
This Peñafrancia Fiesta, devotees have another reason to celebrate. A mobile app about the devotion to Our Lady of Peñafrancia will be launched to serve devotees worldwide. The app, developed and maintained under the auspices of the Archdiocese of Caceres through the Caceres Commission on Communication (CCCom), will be available in iOS and Android.
As people have become more mobile and more dependent on digital communication, the app responds to the need for new tools for evangelization. Designed to propagate the devotion and connect devotees all over the world, it is an invitation to prayer and a reminder of Ina’s constant presence.
Novena Prayers to Inâ and Divino Rostro and links to livestream coverage of Masses in the Archdiocese are available through the app. Other features include stories of devotion, access to the Caceres website and a guide to pilgrims as they visit pilgrimage sites in Naga City and nearby towns.
From the app launched in 2017, enhancements were made to provide more information and make the app easier to navigate. The update began upon the request of devotees who longed for the reboot of the project. Among the devotees was Rose Cayetano-Cavagnaro of St. Mary’s Parish, Chandler, Arizona. She hails from Naga City and is now a parishioner at St. Mary’s where an image of Our Lady of Penafrancia was enshrined by Caceres Archbishop Rolando J. Tria Tirona, OCD, DD in 2017.
InâGlobal features links to websites and social media accounts of Peñafrancia associations and ministries promoting the devotion all over the world.
Main menu of Our Lady of Peñafrancia mobile app.
The project team is composed of Fr. Marlon B. Tebelin, developer; Julma M. Narvadez and Shalee M. Flojo, secretariat. Fr. Emil D. Valeza designed the icon that will be seen on the AppStore and Google Play Store. CCCom is headed in Fr. Luisito A. Occiano.