IEC mobile app to guide pilgrims

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MANILA, June 4, 2015— Finding your way around at the 51st International Eucharistic Congress (IEC) in Cebu City is not going to be a problem for pilgrims.

Organizers of the IEC, which will be held on January 24 to 31 next year, will soon be launching its official mobile app through which pilgrims will be kept updated.

Currently being developed by InnoPub Media, the app “IEC2016 Guide” will be a real-time guide containing details of the congress’ sessions.

“During the congress, the app will provide regular updates on IEC2016,” reads a description on the app on Google Play.

Aside from information about the IEC, speeches, registration details, and its activities, the app will also offer a “comprehensive guide” or information about what to do, where to go and where to stay” in Cebu.

“The guide also contains a portable directory of companies and service providers accredited by the Department of Tourism such as tour operators, tour guides and transport operators,” it says.

The app will also contain information about the heritage structures in Cebu that will be part of the “Visita Iglesia” activity wherein delegates will visit churches in the area.

Meanwhile, another app was launched recently to be more of a pastoral tool for the International Eucharistic Congress which the Philippines will host for the second time. Manila hosted the 33rd IEC in 1937.

Developed by DigitalMediaPh, the “Real Presence” is now available for download for Android and iOS smartphones.

“Since the Congress focuses on the importance of the Eucharist as the summit of the Catholic faith, this mobile app aims to help create greater understanding and appreciation of Christ’s real presence in the Eucharist,” it said. (Roy Lagarde/CBCPNews)

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