Archive for the ‘Ina’ Category

Grand Penafrancia Fiesta 2008 in Liberty Park, New Jersey

September 21, 2008

As the breeze of the coming fall season filled the air and the bright summer sun brought joy and cheers to a throng of enthusiastic devotees, the feast of Bicolandia’s patroness, Nuestra Senora de Penafrancia (Ina) and the Divino Rostro (Divine Face) was successfully commemorated on Saturday, September 20, 2008. Ending the nine-day prayers in Ina’s honor, the celebration was held in a new venue at the CRRNJ Terminal Building, Liberty State Park, 1 Zapp Drive, Jersey City, NJ, USA.

Sparked with a colorful fluvial procession and rosary recitation, the event was followed by a solemn concelebrated mass officiated by Bicolano priests headed by Msgr. Jeremias B. Rebanal. With Ina’s message of unity and love, Msgr. Rebanal underscored the continued intercessions of God’s Mother venerated by Bicolanos for centuries.

In keeping with Ina’s celebrations worldwide, the Our Lady of Penafrancia Devotees Association (OLPDA) of New Jersey, New York and Connecticut under the leadership of Virgie Jacobson and in cooperation with the Bicolandia Association of the Eastern Seaboard made sure the event was meaningful and memorable. The festivity was capped with a grand reunion and salo-salo followed by a brief, but exciting cultural program emceed by Fiorel Salvo and Erlinda Requejo-Arellano.

The occasion was highlighted by kurumustahan and pabiristohan—the renewal of friendships and hospitality expressed among kababayans. Notable followers of Ina who helped in making the day a success were Peng Pena, Thelma Silerio, Fe Manibay, Lulu Menor, Genevieve del Rosario, Adela Quisumbing, Amado Cabaero, Chi, Tong and JL Pilar, Nancy Candenilla, Tessie Maghacut, Tita Esquivel, Annie B. Santos, Roselyn Sapalico, Vic Idava, Lydia Mendez, Jun Torrente, Josefina Surban, Laida Centeno, Nelly Asis, Gloria Salen, Claire Pormento, Melodina Cabaero, Dolly Zagada, Chito & Cora Velasco, Efred Zagada, Norma Rivera, Edmund Arellano, Tony Rojano, Nicol Miraflores, Myrla Rueda, Francia Banzuela, Lily Cantuba, Rudy Alcantara, Zeny Prado, Moises & Linda Sia, Carmen Oliver, Rebecca Dorosan, Victoria Datar, Boy Pangan, Bert Celera, Dina Briones, Jojo Borja, Clemenia Rueda-Cayetano, Ely Mabeza, Lourdes Rada-Madrid, Diety Avila, Lita Ferrer, Celeste Reside, Sylvia Kurt, Josie & Allen Nidea, Aida Ragragio, Raquel Ragragio, Aida Santiago, Lillian Villafuerte, Ato & Susie Enojado, Bodjie Amador, Rene & Lily Villegas, among many others.

A brief historical profile of OLPDA was prepared by Ben A. Silerio who recalled the organization was started in 1990 by Lulu M. Menor and Lita L. Pena. Since then, leaders who keep the group strong include Erlinda R. Arellano, Marfo T. Manibay, Ben A. Silerio, Liliana F. Lacap, Gidget C. Revilleza, Josephine A. Mendoza, and Virgie C. Jacobson. =0=




September 16, 2008

KUNG AKO’Y MAGING DESAPARECIDO, INAY
ni Gregorio V. Bituin Jr.

Kung ako’y maging isang desaparecido
Pilitin po ninyong hanapin ako, inay
Kung sakali mang tuluyang nawala ako
Ay makita man lang ang malamig kong bangkay.
Nawala man ako’y para sa pagbabago
Tangan ang prinsipyo’t pangarap ko sa buhay
Isang marangal na libing po ang nais ko
At isang tula ko sa lapida’y ilagay.

Nagmamalaki akong ako’y aktibista
Na prinsipyado itong sinuong na landas
Na ang tumatahak nama’y pawang bihira
At karaniwan, ang tulad ko’y dinarahas.
Aktibista’y may pag-ibig sa kanyang kapwa
Kaya’t nilalabanan ang sinumang hudas
Na sa bayan natin ay nagsasamantala.
Panlipunang pagbabago ang tanging lunas.

Akong inyong anak ay alam nyong lalaban
Sa anumang sistemang mapagsamantala
Mahal kong inay, nais kong inyong malaman
Isa ka po sa pinakadakilang ina
Sa mundong itong kaytindi ng karahasan
Dakila ka dahil tulad ni Birheng Marya
Ay inalay mo sa pagbago ng lipunan
Ang anak mo para sa paglaya ng iba.

N.B. Ang tula ay pinadala sa akin ng makatang si Greg V. Bituin, Jr. Isang pangamba sa mga nawawala sa ating lipunan at pag-alaala sa mga pinaslang na walang katarungan—AFM (September 16, 2008)

Buried for 21 years in mud, a Virgin’s crown is recovered

September 12, 2008

Lost in the muddy confines of the river where the fluvial parade passes during the annual Penafrancia fiesta in Naga City, Philippines, the crown of Ina was finally recovered during last month’s waterway clean-up.

Shown by Rev. Msgr. Romulo A.Vergara, Rector of Penafrancia Basilica (right photo) is the valuable piece of Marian history—the once-missing bejeweled crown of the miraculous image of Ina, the Virgin of Penafrancia which disappeared when the icon tumbled into the river in the penultimate day of the feast, 21 years ago on September 19, 1997 during a fluvial procession.

Surrounded by myth and folklore, the crown’s disappearance had been blamed for calamities that swept Bicol. The crown was returned to the local church authorities of Nueva Caceres. Source: Bicol Mail (09/12/08) =0=

Losing and finding the icon of the Virgin of Penafrancia: why the public deserves to know

September 8, 2008


The plot was not as riveting and complicated as the movie Raiders of the Lost Ark, but when the image of the Virgin of Penafrancia (Ina) aka Nuestra Senora de Penafrancia vanished on August 16, 1981, the Filipinos were devastated.

There was revulsion among the people when unnamed burglar(s) barged into the Penafrancia Church and snatched the centuries-old Ina, the most popular sacred object of Marian veneration of Bicolanos. The antique image went missing for about three weeks fueling speculations and causing the death of a Naga city policemen. The Virgin’s image was returned before the annual September fiesta in her honor.

Countless devotees went on penitential processions praying for the recovery of Ina’s image. On September 5, 1981, Typhoon Ruping swept the land. Msgr. Florencio Yllana, the former chaplain of the Penafrancia Church, went to Manila to receive the 6-part statue of the Virgin when it reappeared.

A thanksgiving mass was offered in the Naga Metropolitan Cathedral after the wooden image was brought back to Naga. The city buzzed with rumors, but church and government officials were tight-lipped on who was behind the theft. At the time when Pres. Ferdinand Marcos and his wife Imelda were in power, no one dared to ask. The Catholic clergy cryptically said, “it’s enough that Ina is back!”

No it isn’t enough. For the sake of history, accountability, and justice for Patrolman Reynaldo Neola (the policeman who died looking for the missing Virgin,) the public to this day deserves to know. It’s time that those who are privy to the circumstances of the theft must speak up to unravel the truth before time buries an ignominious footnote in Penafrancia’s past. (Photo Credit: JerryLimLee)

Abangan!

The Loss and Return

of Our Lady of Penafrancia

& the Colgante Bridge Disaster

(Parts I & Part II)

by Totie Mesia and Mariso Ocampo

“Thirty-six years after the Colgante bridge collapse and 27 years after Ina vanished and returned, Bikol keeps a blurry recall and record of the events.”

Peñafrancia Fiesta 2008 in New Jersey

August 12, 2008

With dolled-up faces, young pretty girls in bright-red costumes walk down the streets from their haunts like the ethereal deities visiting Naga City. In one picture, that’s how exciting Penafrancia Fiesta must be. (Photo Credit: JerryLimLee)

Memorable reunions at home, prayers in churches, colorful street parades and food festivals around the city are what the celebration is all about. From Aparri to Jolo, visitors are expected to come in the southern peninsula of Luzon island. They are part of the plethora of sights and sounds that Bicolanos will enjoy during the week-long Penafrancia fiesta.

Honoring the historic ebony Marian icon of Nuestra Senora de Penafrancia, aptly referred to as Ina, the Virgin Mother of God, the Bicolanos worldwide have these glittery days set. The feast culminates in a spectacular river procession which brings the holy image of Ina to the Penafrancia Basilica where a thanksgiving mass is offered the next day. In far New Jersey just like in other places abroad, the officers and members of Our Lady of Penafrancia Devotees Association (OLPDA) and the Bicolandia Association have similar activities too. Everyone is invited!


OUR LADY OF PEÑAFRANCIA DEVOTEES ASSOCIATION (Tri-state), INC. with the cooperation of BICOLANDIA ASSOCIATION OF THE EASTERN SEABOARD invites you to come and celebrate its 19th ANNUAL PEÑAFRANCIA FESTIVITIES on SEPTEMBER 12 to 20, 2008

TRASLACION from Our Lady of Victories Lower Church to Our Lady of Victories Upper Church September 12, 2008 (Friday) – 5:30 PM

NIGHTLY NOVENA MASS AT 7:00 PM September 12 – 19, 2008
EXCEPT ON Sept. 14 (Sunday) – 5:30PM at Our Lady of Victories Upper Church
2217 J.F. Kennedy Blvd. corner Ege Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07304 Rectory tel.: 201-433-4152

GRAND FIESTA CELEBRATION – 1:00 PM September 20, 2008 (Saturday)
(Theme: “Renewing our Faith through Ina”) assembly at the CRRNJ Train Terminal Bldg., Liberty State Park, 1 Audrey Zapp Drive, Jersey City, NJ 07305

FLUVIAL PROCESSION – 1:00 PM Back of CRRNJ Train Terminal Bldg., Liberty State Park.

FOLLOWED BY CONCELEBRATED MASS inside CRRNJ Train Terminal Bldg., Liberty State Park. 1 Audrey Zapp Drive, Jersey City, NJ 07305

Directions: From NJ TURNPIKE take NJTpke EXIT-14B. After Toll, bear left to Liberty State Park. Straight ahead by-pass the circle. Turn left to Freedom Way. Turn right to Audrey Zapp Drive. Parking Lot at right side. Parking Fee – $5.00 Or ride the “Hudson-Bergen Light Rail” and get off at Liberty State Park Station which is walking distance to the CRRNJ Train Terminal at 1 Audrey Zapp Drive. Please wear Filipiniana or attire with yellow color.

Contacts:
Virgie Jacobson (732)742-4131; Josie Mendoza (973)420-9638; Efren Zagada (973)533-1909; Gidget Revilleza(201)983-1335; Liliana Lacap 201)763-7822; Dina/Boy Cabaero (201)794-0999; Thelma Silerio (908)629-1426; Chi/Tong Pilar(973)893-0624; Linda Arellano(201)240-0872; Fe/Marfo Manibay (908)355-8682; Rudy Alcantara(201)521-1165; Lita/Peng Peña (201)432-2144; Lily Cantuba(201)792-1885; Lily Villegas 609)771-0940; Francia Banzuela(201)432-9893.=0=

Penafrancia Fiesta 2008

July 20, 2008

It’s in September when Bicolanos pay tribute to the Virgin of Penafrancia, the patroness of the Bicol region in the Philippines. Wrapped in lore and tradition, the age-old Marian devotion starts with the Traslacion, a religious procession which brings Nuestra Senora de Penafrancia’s brown image and the Divino Rostro (Divine Face) of Jesus to the Naga Cathedral marking the start of the annual nine-day prayers.

Drawing enthusiastic crowds from all corners of the world, the feast of food, family reunions, prayers, parades, thanksgivings, and revelries, is highlighted by a colorful river procession of devotees and “voyadores,” marking the return of Ina’s ebony icon in her home at the Basilica Shrine. Photo Credits: Raph Garcia/Colnago/etal=0=

FESTIVITIES IN HONOR OF THE OUR LADY OF PENAFRANCIA AND DIVINO ROSTRO 2008
Naga City, Philippines

GENERAL SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES

September 3 – September 11, 2008
5:00 PM – Solemn Novenary Masses in honor of the Divino Rostro at the Basilica of Peñafrancia

September 11
4:30 AM – Penitential Procession in honor of the Divino Rostro

September 12 (Friday) FEAST DAY OF THE DIVINO ROSTRO

4:30 AM – Penitential Procession in honor of the Divino Rostro
6:00 AM – Pontifical Concelebrated Mass (Peñafrancia Basilica)
12:30 PM – TRASLACION Procession from the Basilica to Naga Cathedral

September 12 – 20, 2008
5:00 PM -Solemn Novenary Masses in honor of Our Lady of Peñafrancia (Naga Metropolitan Cathedral)

September 13 (Saturday)
5:00 PM Novena Mass

September 14 (Sunday)
5:00 PM Novena Mass

September 15 (Monday)
5:00 PM Novena Mass

September 16 (Tuesday)
6:00 AM – Pontifical Mass (Naga Cathedral)
Diocese of Virac
8:00 AM – Pontifical Mass (Naga Cathedral)
Prelature of Libmanan
5:00 PM – Novena Mass

September 17 (Wednesday)
6:00 AM -Pontifical Concelebrated Mass (Naga Cathedral )
Diocese of Daet
5:00 PM -Novena Mass

September 18 (Thursday)
6:00 AM -Pontifical Concelebrated Mass (Naga Cathedral)
Diocese of Sorsogon
8:00 AM -Pontifical Mass
Diocese of Cabanatuan
5:00 PM -Novena Mass
5:30 PM -Union of Bicol Clergy Mass – (Cathedral Church)
7:00 PM -Clergy Night (Archbishop’s Residence)

September 19 (Friday)
4:00 AM – Penitential Procession in honor of Our Lady of Peñafrancia from the Cathedral towards the South
(Downtown Area)
6:00 AM – Pontifical Concelebrated Mass
Diocese of Masbate
8:00 AM – Pontifical Concelebrated Mass (Naga Cathedral)
Diocese of Legazpi
10:00 AM – Pontifical Concelebrated Mass (Naga Cathedral)
Military Ordinariate
5:00 PM – Novena Mass
7:00PM – Prayer Vigil (Adoracion Nocturna Filipina)-(Naga Cathedral)

September 20 (Saturday) Metropolitan Cathedral
4:00 AM – Penitential Procession in honor of Our Lady of
Peñafrancia from the Cathedral towards North
Bagumbayan Area)
6:00 AM – Pontifical Concelebrated Mass (Archdioceseof Caceres)
8:00 AM – Concelebrated Mass
10:00 AM – Concelebrated Mass
3:00 PM – GRAND FLUVIAL PROCESSION
6:00 PM – Pontifical Concelebrated Mass (Basilica Diamond Jubilee Pavilion)

September 21 (Sunday) SOLEMNITY OF OUR LADY OF PEÑAFRANCIA
– Community Masses at the Basilica Church
at 4:00 AM – 8:30 PM and
Basilica Diamond Jubilee Pavilion
at 5:00 AM –11:00 AM

PONTIFICAL CONCELEBRATED MASSES:
Basilica of Peñafrancia
6:30 AM – For the Society of Jesus, Vincentians and Daughters of Charity
8:00 AM – Archdiocese of Caceres
9:30 AM – Diocese of Sorsogon
11:00 AM – Diocese of Legazpi
6:00 PM – For the Filipino-Chinese Community