NAGA CITY — The officialdom of the city government here is leading a non-traditional festivity that bestows respect and honor not to an individual citizen or group. The honoree is the city’s Naga river. Today, and every second Saturday of March every year, has been proclaimed Naga River Day. The city leadership envisioned the celebration to “create public awareness in preserving the river while encouraging better stewardship of the environment.”
The slim body of water winds its way through eleven barangays of the city. While it is a tributary of the mother of all rivers in the region, the Bicol river, the Naga river share the limelight every year during the conduct of Penafrancia fluvial procession.
The celebration tagged as “Aldaw kan Salog nin Buhay” (free translation: the day of the river of life) is being led by city mayor John Bongat together with Archbishop Rolando Tirona and Congresswoman Leni Gerona-Robredo.
At 4:00 PM Msgr. Zosimo Sañado of the Pilgrim city of Naga Heritage Movement will lead the blessing of the wharf situated near the Naga City People’s Market. Four others constructed in strategic areas of the river bank will be inaugurated, too.
Among other activities lined up during the celebration include the ground breaking ceremony for the (riverbank) revetment project, river regatta, unveiling of Danlugan or Dalhugan (loading and offloading) Pillars, a program at Danlugan ni Ina at 5:00 p.m., opening of the night market at the Gen. Luna extension at 6:30 in the evening. Musical entertainment will come thru MUSNA! Bands and Banquet at the River Concert at Calle del Rio to be hosted by the city bar owners association starting at 7:00 p.m.
Musna sa Naga. Duman na kita.