The official opening of tercentenary celebration of the devotion to Our Lady of Peñafrancia winds down this Saturday with the traditional fluvial procession. It is the combined procession and river boat ride of the images from the Metropolitan Cathedral back to the Basilica Minore by way of the Naga river.
But while we await for the event to unfold tomorrow, we look back at last week’s (read our post about the traslacion on this link) Traslacion procession when a great number of devotees flocked into the city streets where it passed.
A military helicopter was kept busy hovering about the crowd as part of the security measure. People milled around the wheeled carriage to get a closer look.
The procession ended at the cathedral grounds, passing the newly opened (read info on this link) commemorative structure Porta Mariae. Finally, mass was held by the quadricentennial arc.
Tomorrow’s fluvial procession in which the image returns to the Basilica Minore will be highlighted by the Pontifical Mass celebrated by the Vatican’s representative, the Papal Nuncio Archbishop Edward Joseph Adams.
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Photos by our Tony Abalayan, Jr.