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Era of ‘elite’ riders of Ina pagoda ends

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FLUVIAL PROCESSION The Our Lady of Peñafrancia’s pagoda boat heads back to the Bicol patroness’ permanent residence at the Basilica Minore during a fluvial procession. Saturday’s event is a culminating act to a weeklong religious feast in Naga City. JUAN ESCANDOR JR.

Farmer Wilfredo Cedo felt honored and happy to have been chosen by his parish priest in Libmanan town, Camarines Sur province, to board the pagoda boat with the Our Lady of Peñafrancia or Ina, the patroness of Bicol, which is revered by millions of people around the world.

Posted: September 25th, 2014 in Headlines,Latest News Stories,Regions,Regions | Read More »

‘Ina’ devotees divided on drunken ‘voyadores’

SOLDIERS form an outer human chain surrounding the “voyadores” (male devotees) transporting the image of Nuestra Señora de Peñafrancia during last year's Traslacion procession, marking the beginning of the weeklong celebrations in Naga City. COURTESY OF 9TH INFANTRY DIVISION PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE/PHILIPPINE ARMY

Should they live up to the “tradition” of “voyadores” to down liquor before lifting the “andas” or carriage of the Our Lady of Peñafrancia or Ina, Bicol’s most revered Catholic icon? Devotees are divided.

Posted: September 18th, 2014 in Headlines,Latest News Stories,Regions,Regions | Read More »

Naga braces for a million pilgrims

A REPLICA of the image of Our Lady of Peñafrancia, which was carved and painted with dog’s blood by local artisans three centuries ago, dominates the landscape in the backyard of the Bishop’s Residence in Naga City while pet sheep graze on the grass lawn. JUAN ESCANDOR JR./INQUIRER SOUTHERN LUZON

Over a million pilgrims are expected to flock to this city starting next week to take part in a centuries-old feast to honor the Bicol region’s most revered Catholic icon, Our Lady of Peñafrancia, or Ina.

Posted: September 6th, 2014 in Headlines,Latest News Stories,Regions,Regions | Read More »

Naga River comes alive with faith of Bicol folk

THOUSANDS of devotees join the fluvial procession of Our Lady of Peñafrancia going to Basilica Minore of Nuestra Señora de Peñafrancia, patroness of Bicolandia, on  Naga River in Naga City on Saturday. NIÑO JESUS ORBETA

NAGA CITY—Amid a slight rain on Saturday, thousands paid homage to Our Lady of Peñafrancia, fondly called “Ina,” in a fluvial procession that culminated the weeklong feast in honor of Bicol’s beloved patroness.   The image of Ina wound through three major streets from Naga Metropolitan Cathedral to Naga River in Barangay Tabuco where the  […]

Posted: September 16th, 2012 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Novena for Peñafrancia starts today

Novena Masses for the Our Lady of Peñafrancia, patroness of Bicolandia, will begin today at 6:15 p.m. at the Capitol Parish Church on Escario Street, Cebu City.

Posted: September 14th, 2012 in CDN - Community,Cebu Daily News | Read More »