VISITA IGLESIA IN CEBU? THERE IS AN APP FOR THAT!

Devotees now have a handy guide to heritage churches in Cebu with the initial release of the VisitaIglesia mobile phone app. The app is available for free download for Android phones and tablets from the Google Play Store. The VisitaIglesia app’s first version is released in time for Holy Week, when devotees visit seven churches, a tradition known as Visita Iglesia, typically on Maundy Thursday. The VisitaIglesia app provides historical information about key heritage churches in Cebu. The app is only on its first release and will be actively updated to cover all the other churches and heritage structures in the province. The app is released as part of the nationwide Digital Tourism program of Smart Communications Inc. and Cebu-based new media startup InnoPub Media. Digital Tourism is a program that harnesses mobile technology to deliver tourism, cultural and historical information, being spearheaded by InnoPub Media and Smart.

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Visita Iglesia in Cebu? There’s an app for that

MANILA, APRIL 21, 2014 (PHILSTAR) Devotees now have a handy guide to heritage churches in Cebu with the initial release of the VisitaIglesia mobile phone app.

The app is available for free download for Android phones and tablets from the Google Play Store.

The VisitaIglesia app’s first version is released in time for Holy Week, when devotees visit seven churches, a tradition known as Visita Iglesia, typically on Maundy Thursday.

The VisitaIglesia app provides historical information about key heritage churches in Cebu. The app is only on its first release and will be actively updated to cover all the other churches and heritage structures in the province.

The app is released as part of the nationwide Digital Tourism program of Smart Communications Inc. and Cebu-based new media startup InnoPub Media.

Digital Tourism is a program that harnesses mobile technology to deliver tourism, cultural and historical information, being spearheaded by InnoPub Media and Smart.

The program includes the production of mobile phone apps and e-books that are offered for free download to serve as guides to tourists.

The program also includes the installation of interactive tourism markers that contain a QR or quick response code and NFC or near-field communications sticker to trigger the download of historical, cultural and tourism information into mobile devices.

Digital Tourism was pioneered in Cebu but is now also in Iloilo and Baguio City and is being expanded nationwide.

The program was commended by the Cebu City council in January 2012 as an “ingenious way” to deliver tourism and historical information. It was also a recipient of an Anvil Award of Merit during the 49th Anvil Awards last February.

Netizens pay respects to Gabriel Garcia Marquez By Bong Lozada
INQUIRER.net 7:13 pm | Friday, April 18th, 2014


This undated file photo of Colombian Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez is seen in an unknown location. Marquez died Thursday April 17, 2014 at his home in Mexico City. Garcia Marquez’s magical realist novels and short stories exposed tens of millions of readers to Latin America’s passion, superstition, violence and inequality. AP/Hamilton

MANILA, Philippines—He wrote the final sentence, but his readers would be the ones to scribble his epilogue.

When Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez passed on, his readers flooded social networking site Twitter with condolences and thanks.

“Rest in peace, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the greatest writer of my lifetime,” Stephen Marche of Esquire magazine said on his piece.

“A great tree has fallen, humanity has lost one of its best brain cells in you,” said one Kwanele Gumbi who described the author’s One Hundred Years of Solitude as a classic piece. “Rest in peace Gabriel Garcia Marquez.”

Another user said the Marquez, who pioneered the literary style of magical realism, has put magic so seamlessly in literature.

“Making magic appear natural is a challenge and you did it seamlessly,” a Siddharth Mazumdar posted on Twitter. “RIP Gabriel Garcia Marquez.”

Indian inventor Shiva Ayyadurai posted a letter from Marquez himself and tweeted his condolences.

“Show your friends and loved ones how important they are to you. RIP Gabriel Garcia Marquez.”

Some of Marquez’s works are One Hundred Years of Solitude, In Evil Hour, Love in the Time of Cholera, The Autumn of the Patriarch, The General in His Labyrinth, and Of Love and Other Demons.

Marquez died Friday at the age of 87.

Netizens seethe over Aquino’s ‘sacrifice’ message By Nestor Corrales INQUIRER.net 5:34 pm | Thursday, April 17th, 2014


President Benigno Aquino III. FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—It’s Maundy Thursday but the netizens are not so forgiving.

A flurry of angry reactions from netizens set the social media seething Thursday afternoon following the Lenten message of President Benigno Aquino III urging Filipinos to be willing to make their own sacrifices just like Jesus Christ did.

Netizens did not shy away from talking about Aquino’s speech.

Many believed his message was “adding insult to injury.”

On INQUIRER.net’s official Facebook page, netizens expressed their dismay over Aquino’s remarks.

“Sacrifice for what and for whom? How could this be when you see, hear, and observe our elected officials who are very lavish and extravagant in their family lifestyle and live beyond their means? Then they want to tell us to sacrifice? You have not tasted the bitterest of how to be the poorest of the poor,” Pedro Alas Plaza said.

“All ordinary Filipinos have been sacrificing for a long period of time while the government officials are happy enjoying their loot and bonuses,” Nest Reyes said.

“Clearly, this man knows nothing about sacrifice and what most of his people are going through every day,” Arlenkali Fuentes said.

Bong Sullano, in a lengthy Facebook comment said the public has long been sacrificing for lack of energy, inefficient transportation system, lack of infrastructures, unemployment, and corruption in government among others.

“How can this President afford to tell his bosses to sacrifice more than what they are sacrificing now?” Sullano said.

Sammy Faith Asuncion believed that the people made so many sacrifices already citing that “this time around, the government officials should do the sacrifice.”

Another netizen, Benjie Flor Fabio Madulin, said government officials should start to make sacrifice and only then the people would follow.

Vic Eustaquio Plaza, meanwhile, challenged Aquino and other government officials to ride the Metro Rail Transit and the Light Rail Transit to know the real meaning of sacrifice.

Paulino Elverio said the Aquino administration failed to deliver its promise of “Daang Matuwid” (right path).

“You made us believed that in your presidency, the lives of the Filipino people will improve,” Elverio said.

Evan Uy said, “I hope and pray that politicians repent from their sins and do their sacrifices for the welfare of others, especially those who are in need and not the need of their pockets.


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