Organizers of Black Nazarene feast mulls use of Facebook Live to reach devotees abroad

The organizers of the 2017 Traslacion are looking to use the power of social media to be able to reach millions of Filipinos across the globe particularly devotees of the Black Nazarene.

According to Msgr. Hernando Coronel, rector and parish priest of the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene, more popularly known as Quiapo Church for the week-long celebration of the feast on Jan. 9, they would like to use Facebook Live (FB Live), for Filipinos who are living or working in countries around the world to witness the celebration online.

"Susubukan po namin kasi unang pagkakataon ito...kung pwede i-FB live namin. Kahit 'yung replica procession at novena procession kung maari...lahat naman ngayon kasi FB live na..." he said in a press briefing on Monday for the preparation of the 2017 Traslacion.

Though, the Quiapo priest admitted that they have imperfections they will try to show the procession on FB live.

"Susubukan naming (FB live ba prusisyon), upang pagkakataon namin. Marami kami imperfection, pagkukulang. We will try our best, sa tulong ninyo gusto ng kapwa Pilipino na maging kabahagi sila," added.

Coronel noted that the idea of using social media for this year's celebration was based on what they have experienced when they allowed live streaming of simbang gabi masses last month, where they got millions of comments.

"Milyon milyon'yung misa namin simbang gabi milyon tao karamihan mga Filipinos all over the world. 'Yan ang kapangyarihan ni Poong Nazareno. Marami in miracle kahit nasa malayo silanagsasabi, nagpapasalamat sa Nazareno," the Quiapo Church official said.

He added that using the social media is not only for Filipinos abroad but also to those who are in the country but will not be able to attend the activities for some reason.

"Syempre iba 'yung nandoon ka. Pero kung kunwari may karamdaman ka pero nandoon 'yung kagustuhan mo makiisa alam na ng Diyos 'yunito ay opportunity na pinaparating natin. 'Yung Filipino gusto makiisa maging kabahagi kahit malayo man siya" Coronel explained.

The Jan. 9 grand procession will start at the Quirico Grandstand and will end at the Basilica along Quezon Boulevard, Manila.

Millions of Black Nazarene devotees are expected to attend the grand procession.

Last year, some 15 million people took part in the week-long celebration.

Source: Philippines News Agency