My Letter to Heaven via E-mail
This chapter looks into the salience of religion as 'mediated piety' in the Philippines. It explores the practice of importing offline religious practice of the devotion to Our Mother of Perpetual Help to the online platform in order to craft its relevance to a broader range of devotees. The chapter demonstrates how notions of interiority of the self and shared identity intersect with religious practices uploaded and practiced online. It looks into cultural notions informing the devotees' 'religious imaginaries' and how these imaginaries are crafted by agents as reliance on communication technologies increases. Religious imaginaries refer to representations of identities that become the basis for determining authenticity and legitimate innovation in devotional practice. The chapter interrogates whether there is a significant difference between devotees availing themselves of actual novena sessions and those who, being unable to come to the shrine, utilize online devotional platforms.