E-Traslacion 2017 lets far-flung devotees join Black Nazarene feast online

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) —  Faith and devotion are keeping up with technology, as priests and organizers at the Quiapo Church launched the e-Traslacion initiative for the Feast of the Black Nazarene.

Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines Public Affairs Executive Secretary Fr. Jerome Secillano said the e-Traslacion started this year, hoping to reach more devotees of the Black Nazarene.

"Ito siguro yung pamamaraan, unang-una para maka-reach out sa napakaraming tao," Secillano told The Source. "Devotees sila, but physically, they cannot go there."

[Translation: This may be the way to reach out to a lot of people. They are devotees, but physically, they cannot go there.]

Secillano said the e-Traslacion was initiated mainly for overseas devotees, who cannot physically participate at the Feast of the Black Nazarene.

Another purpose of the e-Traslacion is to ensure the safety of the devotees, allowing them to virtually join the procession within their own safe spaces.

"Siguro pamamaraan na rin ito maybe to dissuade people from going there para at least huwag naman sanang magkaroon ng aksidente. Kasi kapag napakaraming ao, very dangerous yan eh," he said.

[Translation: This may also be a way to dissuade people from going there, to at least prevent accidents from happening. Having a lot of people is very dangerous.]

Aside from the e-Traslacion available through the Internet, Secillano said other media forms also highly contribute to the Nazarene experience.

He said the media was one of the main catalysts as to why the Feast of the Black Nazarene is highly celebrated in the country.

"With the participation of the media, makikita natin ito ngayon na talagang dumadami," Secillano said.

[Translation: With the participation of the media, we can see that the number of devotees is growing.]


Coverage clarification

While Fr. Secillano apparently said the livestreaming is supposed to follow the image of the the Black Nazarene as it courses through its route, from Quirino Grandstand to Quiapo Church—that does not seem to be the case.

According to Quiapo Church I.T. staffer Silgen Cabrito, the livestreaming from the church website will only show masses and the procession's conclusion at the church premises.

CNN Philippines tried to get clarification on the intended coverage of the livestream but officials were unreachable as of posting time.

A check with the websites of TV Maria and the Quiapo Church showed the livestreams do not include the actual procession along its route.

The start of the Traslacion as it embarked from the Quirino Grandstand was streamed live through TV Maria.

The Quiapo Church official website livestreamed the masses inside the church, and will later stream the arrival of the image of the Black Nazarene live as it passes through Villalobos street.