Monday, September 8, 2014
Peñafrancia Festival 2014: Official Schedule of Events
Peñafrancia Festival is one of the biggest Roman Catholic festivals in the Philippines. Every September, millions of devotees and pilgrims from around the Philippines and abroad visit the City of Naga, Camarines Sur province for the annual celebration of the Feast of Our Lady of Penafrancia. The festival is month-long celebration with the highlights concentrated on September 12-21, 2014.
Here are the schedules of the Highlights of Penafrancia Festival 2014
September 12, 2014 (Friday)
The Traslacion Procession marks the first day of the nine-day novena offered to Our Lady of Penafrancia. This falls on the second Friday of September. At noontime, the image of Our Lady of Penafrancia will be transferred from the Penafrancia Shrine to Naga Cathedral in a procession attended by thousands of devotees.
September 20, 2014 (Saturday)
The Fluvial Procession takes place on the last day of the nine-day novena, which falls on the third Saturday of September. The image of Our Lady of Penafrancia will be transferred back to the Basilica Minore from the Naga Cathedral. The image will be carried by a pagoda which will be towed by hundreds of male devotees paddling their boat on Naga River. The procession starts at 3:00pm and will be attended by thousands of devotees and pilgrims lined along the banks of the river. Read our experience when we attended the Penafrancia Festival Fluvial Procession in 2013.
September 21, 2014 (Sunday)
The Solemnity of Our Lady of Penafrancia will be celebrated on the third Sunday of September with a series of Pontifical Masses celebrated at the Basilica Minore.
During the whole month of September, the city government of Naga will also host a number of social activities in line with the festival. Here is the Official Schedule of Events released by the Naga City Tourism Office.
Here are the routes of the processions
Route of the Traslacion Procession (September 12, 2014)
The procession will start at noontime from the Penafrancia Shrine (green pin) and will take the route of Penafrancia Avenue (see green line). It will take a right turn on P. Burgos Street after the Quince Martires Park and will immediately turn right at Elias Angeles Street. The procession will end at the Naga Cathedral (red pin).
Route of the Fluvial Procession (September 20, 2014)
The procession will start from the Naga Cathedral (green pin) and will take the route of Elias Angeles Street (see green line). The procession will make a right turn on Prieto Street and left on to Gen. Luna Street. At the bridge, the image of Our Lady of Penafrancia will be transferred to the pagoda and will be towed by boats on Naga River (see blue line). The fluvial procession will pass under several bridges until it reaches Magsaysay Bridge. After the bridge, the image will then be carried (see green line) to the Basilica Minore (red pin) where a Pontifical Mass will be celebrated.
How to get to Naga City
Several airlines serve daily flights between Manila and Naga (less than an hour). Bus liners also have daily trips from Cubao and Pasay to Naga City (~10 hours). Alternatively, you can take a flight to Legazpi City in Albay province (one hour). From the Legazpi Grand Terminal, take a van bound to Naga City (2-3 hours). The Naga City Transport Terminal is located beside SM Naga.