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The province of Pangasinan has a lot to offer than just its famed Hundred Islands. There is surely something for everyone to enjoy – from the crystal-clear waters of its many beaches and the freshest seafood to the awe-inspiring churches and heritage towns, Pangasinan is a well-loved tourist destination.

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Thousands flock to the province annually, not only for tourism but also for religious pilgrimage to several historical churches, particularly the Minor Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary of Manaog which houses the 17th-century ivory and silver image of the VIrgin Mary with the Child Jesus.

As the country reels from a global health crisis, Pangasinan has to adapt to the current situation.  Communications solutions have become God-send as people cling to faith and family to help weather the pandemic.

Parishes have gone digital to live stream their eucharistic services to their congregation, but technology also comes with its own challenges.

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Yung live streaming ng misa, nagfe-freeze video, hindi naman pwedeng hihinto kami sa pagmimisa. Tapos sabi ng mga parishioner namin, patalon-talon daw ang video na napapanood nila, hindi sila maka-focus sa misa, hindi nila maisa-puso kasi distracted sila sa problema ng mabagal na koneksyon,


Rev. Fr. Allan V. Lopez (O.P.), Parish Priest of Our Lady of the Rosary Manaoag

Even at home, families try to cope with the new normal. Video calls, for instance, allow Drs. Ana and Federico Peralta III to keep tabs on their three children who are all doctors stationed at different hospitals in Metro Manila.

Dr. Ana shares how important video calls have become to their own family:

Kapag nag-vi-video call kami ng mga anak namin, dahil nakikita namin sila online, hindi kami nag-iisip kung bumabagsak ba ang katawan sa hirap sa trabaho sa ospital o maysakit ba sila. Kaya nawawala yung agam-agam at parang katabi lang sila na kausap. Napapanatag kaming mag-asawa.”

With the growing dependence on data-heavy technologies, Globe has stepped up to the plate for the public. To be able to provide the best service to its subscribers, Globe has been upgrading its cell towers in Pangasinan and other nearby provinces for faster and more stable 4G LTE service.

The improvement was immediate. Rev. Fr. Allan exclaimed:

Salamat at dumating din sa aming probinsiya ang 4G na ito. Kahit sa abroad malinaw na kaming mapapanood ng mga deboto. Pwedeng pwede kayong mag comment, mag type ng amen!

Even Drs. Ana and Federico Peralta III shared how the upgraded 4G LTE connection has improved the quality of their online connection.

4G pala yang hi-tech na sinabi na solusyon sa pagka-miss ko sa mga anak ko. Wala na akong kaba sa sitwasyon ng mga bagets. Proud na proud ako sa lakas ng loob at malasakit na ipinapakita ng mga anak ko sa bayan.

Joel Agustin, Globe Senior Vice President for Program Delivery, Network Technical Group assures the public,

“We are bringing connectivity to everyone, especially to areas where a strong, reliable, and accessible internet can spell the difference between surviving and thriving. This is the new normal, and together we will triumph.”

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To enjoy these improved services, customers in Pangasinan and other parts of the country who are still using old and slow 3G SIM cards must shift to the 5G-ready 4G LTE SIMs now.  Globe assures customers that their mobile numbers will be retained when they switch to the new technology. If quarantine protocols in their respective areas allow, customers can go to the nearest Globe Store to change their SIM cards for FREE.

Customers are also encouraged to update their mobile devices to 4G LTE-capable ones and their handset firmware to the latest available on the system for better mobile data experience.

Interested customers can inquire at Globe stores nationwide for affordable 5G-ready 4G/LTE capable mobile devices. Globe reinforces its commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal No. 9 that highlights the roles of infrastructure and innovation as crucial drivers of economic growth and development.  The company also fully supports the 10 UN Global Compact principles and contributes to 10 UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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