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Smart partners with Laguna to offer free access to Virtual Visita Iglesia

Devotees looking to visit Laguna’s historic churches this Holy Week can do so from the safety of their homes with the help of virtual reality.

With the imposition of Enhanced Community Quarantine covering Laguna, Metro Manila, Bulacan, Rizal and Cavite, it has now become a must for Catholics like Josefina Concepcion Lector, a teacher in Miriam College Nuvali in Calamba, to participate in Visita Iglesia virtually.

“We first learned about the project from the Parish Pastoral Council, which I am a part of. We knew that the usual Visita Iglesia would not be possible because of the pandemic, so we’re happy that this platform exists,” said Lector, adding that she is excited to try this out with her entire family this year. “In fact, our family will be doing this together–including family members from abroad. It’s a good way to spend the Holy Week. We can still fulfill our Catholic obligation while in the safety of our homes.”

The Virtual Visita Iglesia in Laguna 2021 includes 30 diocesan churches from San Pedro to Santa Maria. A project of the Provincial Government of Laguna, the Laguna Tourism Culture Arts and Trade Office (LTCATO), the Diocese of San Pablo, Laguna-based start-up Virtual Reality Travel, and leading mobile services provider Smart Communications, Inc (Smart), this allows tourists to listen to prayers while virtually walking through the entire expanse of churches and viewing the retablos, images of saints, mural paintings, and other religious artifacts.

Smart and TNT customers can access the Virtual Visita Iglesia for free until Easter Sunday, April 4 by visiting http://virtual.reality.travel/visita-iglesia-laguna/

“Especially in this pandemic, every peso counts. Because Smart has enabled us to access this platform for free, more people can join the Virtual Visita Iglesia, not just from Laguna, but from other parts of the country, too,” Lector said.

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