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Monday, September 14, 2015

Traslacion procession for Ina generally “orderly, solemn and festive”

By Ana-Liza S. Macatangay

NAGA CITY, Sept. 14 (PIA) --- Thousands Bicolano and visiting pilgrims took part in the traditional traslacion procession Friday that marked the official commencement of one of the biggest Marian celebrations in the countr, that is, the feast of Nuestra Señora de Peñafrancia, Patroness of Bicolandia, in this city.

Following the Holy Mass at the Plaza De Covarrubias at the Peñafrancia Shrine, the pilgrims and voyadores joined the traslacion processsion of the miraculous images of Our Lady of Peñafrancia and of the Divino Rostro to the Metropolitan Cathedral for the nine-day Novena Masses.

At the Metropolitan Cathedral, Archbishop of Caceres Rolando Tria Tirona led the Pontifical Mass attended anew by thousands of pilgrims from which commenced the nine-day Novena Masses for Nuestra Señora de Peñafrancia

Tirona pictured the traslacion procession as “orderly, solemn and festive” attributing which to the cooperation of pilgrims and supervision of various religious organizations, under the stewardship of the Joint Operations Center (JOC).

JOC, an inter-agency task group and unified command center, was reactivated by the city government  here to spearhead the close command, control, coordination and collaboration, including the efficient communication system amongst its member agencies during the entire duration of the religious festivity.

The activation of the JOC intends to ensure the peaceful and orderly conduct of all the festivity’s undertakings particularly during the highlights of the celebration --- the just-concluded traslacion procession and the fluvial procession on September 19, Saturday.

The images of El Divino Rostro and Our Lady of Peñafrancia will stay at the Naga Metropolitan Cathedral as their temporary home until September 19 when it will be brought back to the Basilica Minore in time for the last novena mass.

 Naga City Mayor John Bongat also lauded the various religious groups, school and university heads, civic organizations and the entire team of JOC for contributing to the successful conduct of the procession.

The chief executive hopes that the same discipline and cooperation will continue in all other activities especially during the Fluvial procession which will transpire at the stretch of the historic Naga River.

Currently, the river is undergoing dredging activity covering the 2.8 kilometer river-stretch starting at the Balatas area to the “Danlugan ni Ina” site at the Basilica in Barangay Magsaysay.

Bongat explained that the on-going activity will not in a way hamper the traditional procession.

“The dredging will continue and it will only be suspended on September 19, the day of the fluvial procession. The dredging machine needs not to be pulled out, because it is very difficult to do that. It will l just stay at one of the sides of the riverbank in Dayangdang. Most of the entire stretch of the Naga River is already passable but the city will conduct another inspection before the Fluvial Procession to test the river,” Bongat clarified during an interview.  (MAL/LSM-PIA5/Camarines Sur)

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