The Bicol Association of Charleston Penafrancia celebration starts with 9 days of novena observed every Saturday from July 19 to September 13, 2008. The prayers are said at the Immaculate Conception Church, Charleston, South Carolina.
Highlighting the novena is a community dinner, get-together, singing and dancing. Honoring the Virgin of Penafrancia, the Patroness of Bicol, everyone is invited to the todo-todo cha-cha,boogie dances are performed by adults, children and guests, mostly with roots from Bicol, Philippines.
Schedule of Festivities:
September 19, 2008 (Friday), the Bicol Association of Charleston prepares the venue of the fiesta at the Navy Recreation Center at Monch Corner, SC.
September 20, 2008 (Saturday):
8:30-9:30 AM Holy mass at the Immaculate Conception Church, Goose Creek SC with Fr. Liam Panganiban
Our Lady of Penafrancia is transported to Short Stay, Monch Corner, SC
11:00 – 2:00 PM
Grand Luncheon in the Convention Center for more than 500 devotees
2:15- 3:00 PM
Recitation of the Rosary and Fluvial Procession
Eucharistic Mass Celebration with Msgr. Simon Peter Ignacio, Retired Commander US Navy Chaplain (Virac, Catanduanes); Fr. Noel Tria Parochial Vicar of the Blessed Sacrament Church, Charleston, SC (Naga City); Fr Tria of Savannah, Georgia; and The Bicol Choir
Cultural Program featuring special presentations and surprise numbers; Maharlika Dance Troupe from Fayetteville, North Carolina and the Bicol Dancing Lolas
Dinner at the Convention Center followed by social hour .
September 21, 2008 (Sunday)
11:00-12:30 PM Thanksgiving Holy Mass followed by concluding Lunch Fiesta.
Officers of the Bicol Association of Charleston, South Carolina
Steering Committee Chairman President: Joceline Losa-Masauding
Liturgical Coordinators: Sally de los Reyes-Ani, Cindy Mesia-Dacanay and Faye Espano
Program and Entertainment; Jerome Bien and Nancy Samson
Food & Mess Line: Sam Coquia, Loy Espano, Joe Dacanay, Bert Salvatierra, Art Artuz, and Manny Ani=0=