rss feeds: Posts | Comments

A Festival For Travellers and Kind Strangers: Our Lady of Peñafrancia Festival 2016

Comments Off on A Festival For Travellers and Kind Strangers: Our Lady of Peñafrancia Festival 2016

“Our Lady of Peñafrancia” is an iconic religious image in honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary and is the highlight of the Peñafrancia Festival this September in Naga City. The original image hails from Peña de Francia in Salamanca, Spain. Yearly, thousands of religious pilgrims and tourists travel all the way to Naga City to attend the festival. Although the Peñafrancia Festival 2016 Translacion will take place on 9 September 2016, Friday, the main Peñafrancia Festival 2016 Fluvial Procession will be on 17 September 2016 and the main festival on 18 September 2016.

 

Write the author.

 

Collage_penafrancia_b

306 Years of Deep Devotion: Our Lady of Peñafrancia Festival 2016

 

The Peñafrancia Festival is also known as the feast day of Peñafrancia Viva La Virgen. This festival is so important that more than 6 million Bicolanos from around the world attend this celebration to honour the Virgin of Peñafrancia. Why is it so? Among religious devotees, she is the miraculous patroness of the Bicol Region. With this yearly pilgrimage and festival, Naga City in Camarines Sur earned the name “Pilgrim City” and “Queen City” of the Bicol region in the Philippines.

 

This festival is more than a religious event. It is also filled with lots of fun social activities, colourful street parades, street dancing, food galore, sports fest, a military parade by ROTC cadets and officers, and more! On the cultural aspect of this festival, it is a reflection of the deep influence of the Spanish colonisation on the Filipino culture.

 

Simon And The Kindness of Strangers

Why is the feast day of the Blessed Mother associated with travel and pilgrimage? The story and origin behind the celebration began with a man from Paris, France named Simon and his search for the hidden treasure. Going back in time, 4th of September 1401, a rich man named Simon was a pious believer of the Blessed Virgin Mary. He gave most of his riches and inheritance to the poor. One day, while in deep meditation and prayer to the Virgin Mother, he asked how he could be more pleasing in the eyes of God. He lost consciousness and heard a “divine voice” that instructed him to travel to a placed called “Peña de Francia” where he will find the shrine of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Here, he will be able to serve God better. At first, it was unclear to him what the purpose of finding this place was. His faith and trust in the “divine voice” was all that motivated him to search for this place.

 

He travelled far for several years but could not find this shrine. However, along his journey in Spain, he kept meeting strangers who candidly mentioned this place. During one of those times when he felt that he wanted to give up, he went inside a cave and saw an apparition of the Virgin Mary with the Child Jesus sitting on a golden throne. There he received more instructions from the Blessed Mother about finding the shrine in Peña de Francia. This happened in May 1434. The morning after, he started digging on the spot where the Virgin had her apparition. Eventually, other religious people helped him in his search. Finally, on the 19th of May 1434, they found imbedded among several rocks an image of the Holy Virgin with the Child Jesus in her arms. It was a mystery where this came from or who made it, but this image performed many miracles. The story of Simon is a reflection of faith and finding God through the kindness of strangers while travelling.

 

collage_penafrancia

Every year, 6 million Bicolanos and thousands of religious pilgrims honour Our Lady of Peñafrancia in Naga City.  (LEFT) A replica of Peñafrancia Viva La Virgen. (RIGHT) The fluvial procession during feast day.

 

How It Became A Filipino Tradition

 

Here in the Philippines, the devotion started during the Spanish era in 1710, through a secular priest name Father Miguel Robles de Covarrubias. He had an image replica carved and a chapel built in honour of the Virgin of Peñafrancia. Processions were also held in her honour as his way of paying tribute to the many miracles he received from Our Lady with regards to his health. Many people were encouraged to take part in this devotion, including travellers from other countries.

 

For the month of September, come and join this festival that became a tradition in the Philippines for centuries. It is more than a religious festival. It is also a festival that welcomes travellers with celebration, good food, and finding new friends in a foreign land, just like Simon.

 

How to Get to Naga City, Camarines Sur:

From Manila to Naga City, a plane ride would take around 45 minutes. You may book your flights via Philippine Airlines, Air Philippines, Zest Air or Cebu Pacific. These planes will land at Naga Airport in Pili, Camarines Sur. From there, it will take a 15-minute car ride to reach Naga City.

 

 

Where to stay:

  • Avenue Plaza Hotel

This is one of the most beautiful hotels in Naga City. They offer a wide range of premium services like 24-hour room service, airport transfer, bar/pub, free Wi-Fi access on public area and inside rooms, poolside bar, outdoor pool, pool for kids, restaurant, coffee shop, salon and more! This is a 6,000 square meter facility with world-class hotel accommodations and services.

 

Address: Magsaysay Avenue, Naga City, Camarines Sur, Bicol 4400

Phone: (+6354) 473-9999

Email: info@theavenueplazahotel.com

Website: http://www.theavenueplazahotel.com/

 

  • Villa Caceres Hotel

This is another beautiful hotel in Naga City which earned the nickname “The Gem of the Bicolandia.” They offer first-class amenities and luxurious rooms for guests. They offer services like 24-hour room service, airport transfer, shuttle service, bar/pub, free LAN and Wi-Fi access inside rooms, outdoor pool, restaurant, coffee shop, salon, jacuzzi, spa, fitness centre and more!

 

Address: Magsaysay Avenue, Naga City, Camarines Sur, Bicol 4400

Phone: (+6354) 473-6530 to 33 / 811-6083 to 89

If you are in Manila, call their Manila line at 250-8118 (telefax).

This is a toll free number.

Email: info@villacacereshotel.com

Website: http://villacacereshotel.com/

 

GENERAL SCHEDULE OF PENAFRANCIA FIESTA 2016

306th Feast of Our Lady of Peñafrancia

Highlights

September 7 (Wednesday) – Miss Bicolandia @ JMR Coliseum
September 9 (Friday) – Traslacion Procession
September 10 (Saturday) – Regional Band, Majorette and Fancy Drill Competition
September 10 (Saturday) – PXC Laban MMA at 7PM, Avenue Tent
September 11 (Sunday) – Run for Wellness 7 at 4:30 am Plaza Quezon
September 14 (Wednesday) – BSP/GSP Parade and Inter-school DXMC Competition
September 15 (Thursday) – Civic Parade and Float Competition
September 16 (Friday) – Regional Military Parade
September 16 (Friday) – Bicolandia Music and Arts Festival @ SM City Naga Parking 9PM
September 17 (Saturday) – Fluvial Procession
September 18 – Feast Day of Our Lady of Peñafrancia

 

Religious Events

September 9 (Friday) – FEAST OF THE DIVINO ROSTRO
4:00 am: Penitential Procession of the Image of INA from Basilica to Peñafrancia Parish Church
5:30 am: Pontifical Mass: Archbishop Rolando Tria Tirona
6:30 am: Community Mass (and every hour and a half thereafter)

 

NOVENA MASSES IN HONOR OF OUR LADY OF PEÑAFRANCIA
Theme: The Eucharist: the source of Christian marriage and family life (FC 57)
12:00 nn: Start of Traslacion Procession of Delegates from schools, institutions, and organizations
1 – 5 pm: Masses (Cathedral) and Confessions (Minor Seminary Arches)
2:00 pm: Community Mass at Plaza de Covarrubias
3:30 pm: The TRASLACION
5:30 pm: Pontifical Mass (Quadricentennial Arch) Archbishop Rolando Tria Tirona
7:00 pm: Community Mass (Cathedral)

 

September 10 (Saturday) – DAY FOR THE YOUTH
Theme: Heralds of God’s love and mercy in the family through the Eucharist
3 – 7 pm: Confessions (Minor Seminary Arches)
5:00 pm: Novena Mass (English) Quadricentennial Arch, Archbishop Rolando Tria Tirona

 

September 11 (Sunday) – DAY FOR THE RELIGIOUS
Theme: Eucharist: Strengthening consecrated life for ministry to the family
3 – 7 pm: Confessions (Minor Seminary Arches)
5:00 pm: Novena Mass (English)
9:00 pm: Marian Procession (Cathedral Grounds)

 

September 12 (Monday) – DAY FOR THE CHILDREN
Theme: Eucharist: A family sacred banquet nurturing Christ’s mercy
3 – 7 pm: Confessions (Minor Seminary Arches)
5:00 pm: Novena Mass (English)
8:00 pm Marian Procession (Cathedral Grounds)
10:00 pm: Perdon Procession along the major streets of Naga City

 

September 13 (Tuesday) – DAY FOR EDUCATORS, TEACHERS AND MEDIA PRACTITIONERS
Theme: Eucharist: Teaching the Christian way of thinking, acting and living
6:00 am: Pontifical Mass, Diocese of Virac, Bishop Manolo de los Santos
8:00 am: Pontifical Mass, Diocese of Libmanan, Bishop Jose R. Rojas
3 – 7 pm: Confessions (Minor Seminary Arches)
3:00 pm: Union of Bicol Clergy (Holy Rosary Minor Seminary)
5:00 pm: Novena Mass (English)
8:00 pm Marian Procession (Cathedral Grounds)
10:00 pm: Perdon Procession along the major streets of Naga City

 

September 14 (Wednesday) – DAY FOR THE SICK, THE ELDERLY AND HEALTH WORKERS
Theme: Eucharist: Radiating God’s tenderness and mercy even in the midst of pain and poverty
6:00 am: Pontifical Mass, Diocese of Daet, Bishop Gilbert Garcera
3 – 7 pm: Confessions (Minor Seminary Arches)
5:00 pm: Novena Mass (English)
8:00 pm Marian Procession (Cathedral Grounds)
10:00 pm: Perdon Procession along the major streets of Naga City

 

September 15 (Thursday) – DAY FOR THE POOR & PRISONERS
Theme: Christ’s sacrifice in the Eucharist, wellspring of hope and comfort in life’s difficulties
3:00 am: Penitential Procession of INA and Divino Rostro
6:00 am: Pontifical Mass, Diocese of Sorsogon, Bishop Arturo Bastes
3 – 6 pm: Confessions (Minor Seminary Arches)
5:00 pm: Novena Mass (English)
6:00 pm: Union of Bikol Clergy Mass (Cathedral) Bishop Gilbert Garcera
7:30 pm: Confessions (Cathedral)
8:00 pm: Marian Procession (Cathedral Grounds)

 

September 16 (Friday) – DAY FOR PRIESTS AND SEMINARIANS
Theme: Priestly devotion to the Eucharist, the heartbeat of God’s mercy in every family
3:00 am: Penitential Procession of INA and Divino Rostro
6:00 am: Pontifical Mass, Diocese of Masbate, Bishop Jose Bantolo
10:00 am: Pontifical Mass, Military Ordinariate, Bishop Leopoldo Tumulak
3 – 7 pm: Confessions (Minor Seminary Arches)
5:00 pm: Novena Mass (English)
8:00 pm: Marian Procession (Cathedral Grounds)
9:00 pm: Vigilia de Espigas, Adoracion Nocturna Filipina

 

September 17 (Saturday) – DAY FOR GOVERNMENT LEADERS & WORKERS
Theme: Devotion to the Eucharist: Committed safeguarding of the life and dignity of God’s families
3:00 am: Penitential Procession of INA and Divino Rostro
6:00 am: Pontifical Mass, Archdiocese of Caceres, Archbishop Rolando Tria Tirona
10:00 am: Pontifical Mass, Diocese of Legazpi, Bishop Joel Baylon
12:000 nn: Ringing of Bells
2:00 pm: Community Mass (Quadricentennial Arch) Community Mass (Tabuco Bridge Landing)
4:00 pm: The FLUVIAL PROCESSION
4-6 pm: Confessions (Basilica Grounds) 6:30 pm: Pontifical Mass (Basilica Grounds) Archbishop Socrates Villegas

 

September 18 (Sunday) – SOLEMNITY OF OUR LADY OF PEÑAFRANCIA
Theme: Jesus Christ, the face of God’s mercy, nourishes the family in the Eucharist
6:30 am: Pontifical Mass (Basilica) Bishop Gilbert Garcera
8:00 am: Pontifical Mass (Basilica) Archbishop Rolando Tria Tirona
9:30 am: Pontifical Mass (Basilica) Bishop Jose Rojas
11:00 am: Pontifical Mass (Basilica) Bishop Lucilo Quiambao
6:00 pm: Pontifical Mass (Basilica) Bishop Manolo de los Santos

 

For more information about festival details, activities and schedule, please visit the ff. links:
https:/ /www.facebook.com/nagacitydeck/
http:/ /www.nagacityguide.com/penafrancia-festival-2016-schedule/

 

 

Author: Marcelle Villegas  

=====

Photo source:

Poster – http:/ /www.nagacitydeck.com/2016/06/penafrancia-festival-2016-schedule-of.html
Our Lady of Penafrancia procession – Wikipedia
Procession – http:/ /www.gobicol.com/index.cfm?action=forum.message&thread_id=14989

Reference:
http:/ /www.nagacityguide.com/penafrancia-festival-2016-schedule/
http:/ /www.nagacitydeck.com/2016/06/penafrancia-festival-2016-schedule-of.html

 

 

Share

 



click_box_b
 

Comments are closed.