NAGA CITY: At the start of the nine-day novena in honor of the Lady of Peñafrancia, thousands of devotees attended the traslacion event on Friday.
Traslacion means the transfer of the holy image of Our lady of Peñafrancia or Ina, as she is fondly called by devotees, and the Divino Rostro from the Peñafrancia Shrine to the Naga Metropolitan Cathedral for the novena masses.
Pilgrims from across the country, specifically in Bicol region troop to the city to venerate Bicolandia’s grand patroness.
The Philippine National Police Bicol acting regional commander Senior Supt. Romulo Esteban deployed 700 policemen to maintain the peace and order during the Peñafrancia Festival.
The government troops were tasked to ensure that the procession wherein the andas or palanquin carrying the image of “Ina” would be peaceful and in order.
The strong devotion to Ina was introduced by Spanish priest Fr. Miguel Robles de Cobarrubias in 1710, a testimony of the Bicolanos’ unwavering faith, sacrifice, innate love and commitment to Ina.
Along with the icon of Ina, the Divino Rostro is also paraded by her side during the procession from her shrine in the Basilica Minore to the Naga Metropolitan Cathedral to fluvial procession.