Coast Guard, Navy hold test run of fluvial procession

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Friday, January 17, 2014


LIQUOR, firecrackers, firearms, balloons inflated with helium and children below 12 years old are not allowed during the fluvial procession on Saturday.

The regulations were announced yesterday when the Philippine Cebu Coast Guard (PCG) and the Philippine Navy held a dry-run of the fluvial procession, the main activity on the vesperas (the day before) the feast of the Sto. Niño.

Today, the ninth day of the novena, will begin with the Walk for Mary at 4 a.m., to be followed by a mass at the Basilica del Sto. Niño at 5:30 a.m. and by the Traslacion at 7 a.m.

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During the test run, it took almost 44 minutes for the galleon to complete the fluvial procession route, from the Ouano Compound wharf to the Muelle Osmeña passing through the Mactan Channel toward Pier 1, Cebu City.

PCG Cebu Commander Rodulfo Villajuan said the dry-run is meant to determine how much time is needed for the fluvial procession.

The PCG also met with vessels that will participate in the procession to discuss regulations.

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The PCG established three categories for participating vessels: the first division will be composed of big vessels or those with 35.1 gross tons; division 2 includes medium-sized vessels with 3.1 gross tons; and division 3 are motor bancas.

A total of 80 to 100 Philippine Navy personnel will be deployed during the fluvial procession on board eight vessels that will escort the galleon.

As of yesterday, the PCG Cebu listed 40 participating vessels.

Vessels should have life jackets on board equal to their passenger capacity.

Assembly areas for the fluvial procession are around the FF Cruz Wharf in Mandaue City; under the first Mactan Bridge; and off the Petron depot, under the Marcelo Fernan Bridge.

The Walk with Mary, on the other hand, will begin at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Barangay Guadalupe, Cebu City and will end at the Basilica. The event is a reenactment of the “reunion” of the child Jesus and his mother Mary.

Traslacion

After the novena mass, devotees will participate in the Traslacion, referring to the ritual transfer of the image of the Sto. Niño and the Our Lady of Guadalupe to St. Joseph’s Shrine in Mandaue City.

The event signifies the reunion of the Holy Family.

The Traslacion will be held on a motorcade, which attracts Catholics to the side of the road.

This year, the route of the Traslacion motorcade will be from the Basilica, to D. Jakosalem St., on to General Maxilom Ave. and then to Gorordo Ave., Archbishop Reyes Ave., Juan Luna Ave. and down on M. J. Cuenco Ave., all in Cebu City, to proceed to Mandaue City.

Meanwhile, the Taga-Mandaue Inc. (TMI) and the Mandaue City Government held last Wednesday a simpler Panagtagbo Festival by doing away with the street dancing competition.

The TMI and the Mandaue City Government decided not to hold the street dancing competition in the Panagtagbo but treated revelers with a performance by the City’s contingent to the Sinulog Grand Parade.

The Panagtagbo celebration began at 4 p.m. with separate processions of the images of Sto. Nino, St. Joseph and the Virgin Mary. The processions converged at the National Shrine of St. Joseph.

Mass

Mgr. Daniel Sanico, moderator of the shrine’s team ministry, celebrated a mass following the procession. In his homily, he urged the faithful to go beyond celebrating the Sinulog and reflect on the event’s deeper meaning.

He also blessed the images carried by the devotees.

After the mass, Sinulog dancers from the Mandaue City Central School, who placed second in the Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Lalawigan elementary division last Saturday, performed at the plaza.

During the event, City officials also launched the Bingkahan sa Mandaue, a food center that features Mandaue’s most well-known delicacy.

Balikbayans were among those who witnessed the festival, which was capped by a fireworks display.

The TMI then treated the balikbayans to a dinner, dance and music at the Amnezia Superclub.

The Panagtagbo Festival was launched in 2012 to pay tribute to the Holy Family.

The organizers held its first showdown and street dancing competition last year. It was participated by the 27 barangays, which were clustered into seven.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 17, 2014.

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