FOLLOWING the successful launch of TV5’s one-of-a-kind website and interactive online campaign dubbed #DearPopeFrancis, the network now offers even more Filipinos from all over the world the opportunity to closely follow the Pontiff and his historic journey to the country through a special line-up of engaging and comprehensive programs and activities dedicated to the papal visit.
Beginning today at 9 p.m., viewers can already kick-start their spiritual experience by tuning in to TV5’s special one-hour documentary titled, Pastol sa Panahon ng Pagbabago. This weekend television special gives viewers a look back on some of the most recent and relevant issues Filipino Catholics come to face today: “Poverty and The Filipino”—a look at the most pressing problem in the country; “Contraception”—an issue that has divides the nation; “Gays”—an examination of the Pope’s impact on the Church’s stand on homosexuality; and “The Selfie Generation”—how the Church, led by Pope Francis, has tried to reach out to more people through social media.
From January 12 to 15, more than just delivering news about the country’s preparation for the Pope’s arrival, TV5 will also be at the forefront of giving viewers in-depth updates on the Pontiff’s very own preparations as he makes his way to the country.
The network hopes to make the nation’s celebratory mood more meaningful as News5 correspondent Carla Lim joins Pope Francis on board the papal plane for his upcoming apostolic voyage.
Moreover, from January 15 to 19, TV5 will spearhead the call to enjoin all Filipinos in celebrating Pope Francis’ presence from his arrival to his journey all over the country, through the network’s comprehensive television coverage and blow-by-blow updates throughout the day. At the helm of it all will be News5’s team of anchors led by Luchi Cruz-Valdes, together with Erwin Tulfo, Cheryl Cosim and Ed Lingao, as well as several key resource persons.
With its commitment to reach out to as many Filipinos as possible and to give more individuals from all walks of life—most especially the youth—the opportunity to take part in the historic papal visit, TV5 will also be launching an interactive Social Media Command Center. News5 anchors and TV5’s young stars will be join forces anew as they put the spotlight on relevant social media updates from netizens using the #DearPopeFrancis hashtag, and sound bites from various representatives of Catholic youth organizations.
A special group of remote anchors featuring some of the most colorful personalities on TV will also be tasked to observe the Filipino behavior during the papal visit, and highlight the very sentiments of the general public through man-on-the-street (MOS) reports. Plafully dubbed “Poperazzis,” the quirky foursome of Lourd de Veyra, Ramon Bautista, Jun Sabayton and RA Rivera will deliver this unique segment.
Those who have yet to join in on the million-strong and still growing #DearPopeFrancis campaign, TV5 invites the public to send in their welcome messages, personal intentions, and prayers through their respective social media accounts or via www.DearPopeFrancis.ph.
Finally, for Filipinos within Metro Manila who have no access to TVs, computers, and mobile devices, TV5 will offer a free live streaming coverage open to the general public at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum from January 15 to 18, beginning at 9 a.m. daily.