Our Lady of Penafrancia continues to be the queen and mother of all Bicolanos!
The feast of our dearly beloved Ina is annually celebrated on the third Saturday and Sunday of September not only by the pious
Bicolanos but also by the pilgrims coming from different places around the world. This eternal devotion
has been in the hearts of Marian devotees for hundreds of years. And in Bicolandia, it was in the efforts
of Fr. Miguel Robles de Covarrubias, an official diocesan chancery of Nueva Caceres around 17th century,
who promulgated and promoted the intense devotion to our Ina. Since then, Bicolanos have been
witnesses of how the simple devotional activity became a big regional religious festival. In fact, the
Archdiocese of Caceres facilitated a grand and solemn ceremony for the 300 years of devotion to our
Lady of Penafrancia last 2010 and countless recipients of her miraculous love and care gathered with
one heart to honor our dear mother.
This festival is held starting with the “Traslacion”, which is the transferring of the miraculous images of
the Blessed Virgin Mary, Our Lady of Penafrancia, and the Divino Rostro to the Metropolitan Cathedral
of Naga City for novena prayers and holy Eucharistic celebrations. Initiated in 1885, the Traslacion plays
a significant role in the lives of male devotees who are called voyadores. These voyadores carry the
image of Our Lady of Penafrancia on their shoulders all along the route of procession. After 9 days, a
fluvial procession is conducted where the image of Our Lady is returned to her sanctuary by passing thru
the Naga River. She is placed in a pagoda filled with colorful flowers escorted by musicians, priests and
voyadores. Once the holy image reached the Basilica Minore, a pontifical mass is concelebrated.
During these processions, thousands of people flock along the streets to witness the beauty and holiness
of our Ina. White hankies are waved and tears of joy overflow. The intensity of emotions are
unexplainable but the feeling of pure love from our Ina is almost tangible.
Come! Visit Our Lady of Penafrancia.
VIVA LA VIRGEN!!!