Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Traslacion : Faith in numbers
As the crowd gathered to embrace the Image
The main religious events during the Penafrancia Fiesta are the Traslacion and Fluvial Procession. These are the processions of our Nuestra Senora de Penafrancia which is the Patron of the Bicolanos. We affectionately call Her "INA" as we refer Her to a guiding Mother.
Traslacion means "To Transfer". This is the event wherein the Blessed Image of Our Lady of Penafrancia is being transferred from the shrine in the Basilica Minore to the Naga Cathedral Church. The procession is being held in the afternnoon on a Friday of the 2nd week of September.
Paddling for One
The highlight of the Penafrancia Festival is the Fluvial Procession which is being held in the afternoon of the third Saturday of September, this is the fiesta day. The images are being brought back from Cathedral to Basilica via the road to "Centro" and the Naga City river. The images are accompanied by priests, devotees and voyadores. A flat boat we call Pagoda is being used to transfer the images and Voyadores on little boats paddled as they towed the Virgin's pagoda until it reaches the river banks of Basilica. Devotees and guests on the route of the procession wave with their white handkerchiefs as the procession passes by.
Shouts of " Viva la Virgen" and "Viva el Divino Rostro" echoes all over the place.
Emotion of devotion
The Traslacion Mass