September 12, 2009 at 12:26 AM #124134
VIVA LA VIRGEN! VIVA DIVINO ROSTRO! VIVA BICOLANDIASIGE LANG KAMAPY MGA ORAGON PARA SA PADAGUS NG PAG USWAG KAN KABIKOLAN ASIN MAKA BUHAT SA PAG TIOS NA NAMAMATIAN KA MGA PARA OMANG BIKOLANO……. NG RARAGASANG PAG PAABOT NING MAINIT ASIN MAOGMANG KAPISTAHAN KABIKOLAN!
September 11, 2009 at 6:58 PM #124110
happy fiesta mga taga naga!!! im from legazpi pag fiesta sa naga pirmi man kami ng mina duman…viva la virgen asin viva la divino rostro!!!
September 10, 2009 at 10:59 PM #124078
ngunyan na byernes, ginigibo ang Traslacion sa maogman lugar na ciudad ning naga, bilang paggiromdom sa perang taon nang debosyon kang mga bikolano sa satong mahal na Patron Nuestra Señora de Peñafrancia.
sa laog ning pitong taon, poon 2000 hanggang 2006, na-eksperyensa ko na man ang maging saro sa mga voyadores o itong mga naghahatod ke Ina hale sa basilica pasiring sa cathedral. sa irarom kang init kang aldaw, kang init kang tinampo, lalo na nakabitis ta dae man pwedeng mag tsinelas, ini gabos natitios para sana makasabay sa procession kang paghatod ke Ina.
bago ako nagpoon sa pag-voya, hinahapot ko sa sadiri ko kaito kung tano ta arog na sana kaiyan ka-deboto ang mga voyadores sa paghatod ke Ina? lalo na pag nahihiling ko na garo nag-iiriwal na sinda para sana maka-abot o maski makakapot man lamang sa pagoda ni Ina. ang iba nadidismayo sa init, sa pagal, o sa kaburatan. tano nyako ta kaipuhan mag-inum ning arak bago mag-voya? ini baga sarong religious activity. pero ano ta sinasalakan alkohol?
kang ako naging saro sa mga voyadores (sabad-sabad sana o mayong organisasyon na binalehan na legal na grupo. halos gabos man arog kayan) dahil sa kapipirit kang mga pinsan ko sa naga na haloy na man ginigibo ang pag-voya, duman ko naaraman ang kasimbagan sa sakong mga kahaputan. kaipuhan man nanggad na ‘under the influence of liquor’ maski kadikit para kayahon ang init, ang pagal, ang parong na manlaen-laen, saka ang kulog kang hawak sa mga dae tinutoyong pag-siko, pagtungtong, saka pagkaipit sa tahaw kang ginatos na mga nagsusuro-soan na mga voyadores asin mga debotos ni Ina.
pakatapos kang haloy na pagkumbenser sako kang mga pinsan ko na mag-iba ako sainda pag-voya, duman ko nasabi na kaya ko man palan. lalo na pag naabot ko na ang pagoda ni Ina saka nakakua ning burak, garo baga nagkakaigwa ako ning kadag-dagang kusog saka tiwala sa sadiri pakatapos na maginibo ko ang sakong debosyon ke Ina, na kaibahan ko sa sakong isip saka boot ang sakong bilog na pamilya sa pag pangadye na maagkaigwa ning matuninong saka mapusog na iribanan.
tolong taon na akong dae naka-voya, pero sa mga oras na ini na nagpopoon na ang traslascion sa naga, boot kong ipaabot sa gabos na mga bikolano saka mga debotos ni Ina ang sarong maogmang pagbati ning VIVA LA VIRGEN! VIVA DIVINO ROSTRO! VIVA!
September 10, 2009 at 8:27 PM #124068
samuya sa salog may local peñafranciA celebration ngunyan nang paabot na domingo.
September 10, 2009 at 6:40 PM #124054
HISTORY OF THE DIVINO ROSTROIn the town of Osa de la Vega, Spain there lived once Gregorio de la Torre and Isabel Corral, a very religious couple who inherited from Father Juan Montilla, a picture of Jesus Face (Divino Rostro).To the amazement of many who bear witness of its veracity, the miraculous image of Our Lord began to sweat blood. Fast as a prairie fire, the news reached every corner of the town and in no time throng after throng of people fought hard to have a glance of the holy picture. The house became too small for a huge crowd, so the couple decided to request for its transfer to the church. There it easily stole the show, so to say becoming in a becoming in a short lapse of time the object of a very special devotion of the inhabitants.In the year 1834, 1855 and 1865 the “cholera morbo” broke in Spain. Many of its towns suffered from the rueful effects of the dreadful malady. Thru a special flux of Divine Providence, however, attributed only to a special devotion of the people to the Divino Rostro, Osa de la Vega did not witness of demise of even one of its inhabitants. From them, the already popular devotion to the Divino Rostro soared to its heights and Osa de la Vega’s confidence in its power knew no bounds.OUR OWN, THE DIVINO ROSTRO IN THE BICOL REGIONWhen Father Pedro de la Torre, recently named Provisor and Vicar General of the Diocese of Nueva Ceceres came to Naga, he brought with him to this place a picture of the Divino Rostro, a carbon copy of the one found in Osa de la Vega. The picture was exposed to the piety of the inhabitants of the town and after a lapse of years, it became very popular.In the year 1882 a “colera morbo” broke out in Manila. A cure for the disease was not yet discovered so many died of the disease rapidly the dreadful disease reached Naga and according to Fr. Jose Ma. Lesa, who was then the Chaplain of the Shrine of the Virgin of Peñafrancia many people died during the epidemic. The bishop, Msgr. Casimiro Hererra had the image of Our Lady of Peñafrancia brought to the Cathedral imploring her natural and maternal protection and help for the townspeople from the dreadful disease.As if inspired by the impending danger, Fr. Pedro de la Torre remembered a similar catastrophe in Osa de la Vega and the miraculous intervention of the Divino Rostro. Fr. De la Torre made this miracle known to the people in Naga. A carbon copy of the Divino Rostro was brought to the Cathedral for special prayers and devotion, imploring for the same prayers and mercy that was long ago shown. For the first time the two images were together. However the epidemic continued taking more lives. Undaunted Bishop Casimiro Herrera with his priests
September 10, 2009 at 6:24 PM #124053
The feast of Our Lady of Peñafrancia is celebrated on the third Saturday of September in Naga City, Bicol Philippines. All roads and routes will lead to Naga City in Camarines Sur where six million Bicolanos from here and abroad will flock to that progressive city to pay honor to the Virgin of Peñafrancia, miraculous patroness of the Bicol Region. Bicolanos from all walks of life will be in Naga City to meet their relatives and partidarios, share food, drinks, and prayers with them, and most of all, to pay homage and make thanksgiving to the Virgin of Peñafrancia, whom the Bicolanos fondly call Ina. Viva la Virgen, they will shout to high heavens. The feast day is headed by a novena, nine days of prayer, in honor of the Virgin. On the first day, the image of the Virgin, a copy of the Madonna in Peñafrancia, Spain, is brought from its shrine to the Naga Cathedral where the novena is held. On the last day, the image is returned to her shrine following the Naga River route. The colorful evening procession is lit by thousands of candles from followers in boats escorting the image. When the flatboat reaches its destination, the devotees shout “Viva la Virgen” (Long live the Virgin!) and the image is carried back in a procession to the cathedral.Millions of Bicolanos will once again show to the whole Christian world their strong faith and loyalty to their Heavenly Mother. amongst triumphant sounding shouts of Viva la Virgen , Bicolanos and pilgrims, with lighted candles in their hands, will kneel on the ground and bow their heads in prayer as the colorful fluvial procession carrying the Virgin plows through the Bicol River in downtown Naga.A multicolored pagoda carrying the images/icons of the Virgin of Peñafrancia and the Divino Rostro will pass through the Bicol River. Male, sunburned devotees of the Virgin will adhere to the huge pagoda in a heartwarming display of faith and devotion. Actually, the fluvial procession marks the return of the Virgin from the Naga Metropolitan Cathedral to her home shrine at the Basilica. Upon its arrival, the Virgin will be received in formal religious rites by Roman Catholic dignitaries of the Bicol Region led by Cardinal Jose T. Sanchez.Considered the biggest and most popular religious event in the Philippines, the Peñafrancia fiesta is in fact a one-week affair that starts on the second Friday of September when the miraculous Ina is transferred from her shrine to the centuries-old Naga Metropolitan Cathedral where a nine-day novena and prayers are held in her honor. Ranking government officials, Cabinet members, ambassadors, governors, mayors, senators, diputados , business/industry leaders, landlords, etc., vie for the distinct honor of sponsoring a nightly novena and prayers at the Naga Cathedral.A procession, locally called traslacion (is the transferring of the miraculous Image of the Virgin, Our Lady of Peñafrancia and of the Divino Rostro to the Metropolitan Cathedral of Naga City for a Novena and Holy Masses. This begun in 1885.), ushers in the weeklong festivities which include civic and military parades, sports competitions, agro-industrial fairs, cultural shows, and the coronation of Miss Bicolandia beauties.During the traslacion, which passes through the main streets of Naga, the miraculous Ina of the Bicolanos is borne on the rugged, muscular shoulders of barefooted voyadores who form a human barricade to protect the Virgin from the unruly crowd. Call it absolute coincidence or plain superstition, but any Bicolano will swear to high heavens that the presence of a woman, Filipina or foreigner, aboard the merrily decorated pagoda will surely spell disaster. Whether this belief is true or not, only the Bicolanos know. But past events and experiences support their claim.HISTORYA Spanish government official from Peñafrancia, Spain, a native of San Martin de Castanar, the Covarrubias family, settled with his family in Cavite in 1712, according to locals. One day, A son, Miguel Robles de Covarrubias, a seminarian studying in the Universidad de Santo Tomas, Manila got very ill. He and his family prayed to Our Iady of Penafrancia whose picture he was clutching to his breast for his recovery and to spare his life. He also made a vow that if cured, he would construct a chapel by the bank of Pasig river in Manila, in gratitude to Her. Miraculously cured, he eventually was ordained a priest not in Manila but in the Ciudad de Nueva Caceres (now known as Naga City) by Bishop Andres Gonzalez. To fulfill his vow, Padre Miguel, the ftrst diocesan priest to be ordained in Naga, did two things: one, he mobilized the natives along the slopes of Mt. Isarog to construct a chapel made of local materials, nipa and bamboo this time by the bank of the Bikol river in Naga, not by the Pasig river as earlier envisioned; two, he ordered a local artisan to carve an image patterned after the picture of Our lady he always had with him. Miracles happened then and there. Among them was the story of a dog killed, its neck slashed in order to take out the poor animal’s blood that was used to coat/paint the newly carved image. Dumped into the river, the dead dog began to swim once again alive with hundreds of people witnessing this prodigy. News of many other miracles spread like wildfire so was the devotion to Nuestra Senora de Penafrancia. The letter of Padre Miguel to the Dominican Fathers of Salamanca, Spain in 1712 reported many miracles through the intercession of Our Lady. In the meantime, the devotees grew in number as the devotion spread fast far and wide, even outside the Diocese of Nueva Caceres which before comprised not only the Bikol region but including Tayabas (now Quezon), Marinduque, Laguna up to Palanan, Isabela along the cordillera ranges. Like the biblical “mustard seed” the Penafrancia devotion today is like a “giant tree” whose branches extend to other parts of the world like America, Europe, Australia and Asia. The love story between our lady of Penafrancla we lovingly call “Ina” and us, her children is never ending.
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