Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Millions of pilgrims to flock to Naga for Peñafrancia fiesta

NAGA CITY--It is estimated that this city will draw more than a million pilgrims for the Penafrancia fiesta this year.

Millions of pilgrims to flock to Naga for Peñafrancia Fiesta 2014
Traslacion
Photo: CBCP
The fiesta, which officially starts on Friday, September 12, during the Traslacion, and ends on September 20, during the fluvial procession, is an annual grand celebration of devotion to Our Lady of Peñafrancia.

Said event has earned the city the title of the Pilgrimage Capital of the Philippines, which President Benigno Aquino III proclaimed into law in 2010.

The devotion itself, however, is centuries-old, beginning with Miguel Robles de Covarrubias.

Covarrubias was the son of a Spanish government official who lived in the 1700s.

He became the first diocesan priest to be ordained in this city. Believing that Our Lady of Peñafrancia helped him recover from a serious illness, he urged locals to construct a chapel and carve an image of her.

Our Lady of Peñafrancia was canonically crowned as Patroness of Bicolandia on September 20, 1924.

Apart from the Traslacion and the fluvial procession, the activities this year include the Miss Bicolandia beauty pageant, Regatta sa Salog, Short Film Festival Awards Night, and the Bishop Gainza Trade Fair.--BICOLSTANDARD.COM


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