Peñafrancia festival is a well known festival in the Philippines particularly in Naga City which took place every September of the year. Unlike to any other common festivals in the country, Peñafrancia Festival is both a religious and civic occasion purposefully to honor Mother Mary in the image of Peñafrancia whom in thousands of years celebrated historically by bicolanos and tagged as the “Ina nin Kabikolan”-mother of Bicolandia.
Historically, Virgin of Peñafrancia was named after the place in France where the image was found by a certain Simon Vela, a heir of a very rich French family who turned himself into a service of God. It was Peñafrancia because the place where the image was conceptually found was at the mount of Peña de Francia in France. From the moment where the image was discovered until at present, Peñafrancia believed to be performing great miracles. It cures different kind of illnesses and some other forms of miracles and that probably the reason why an ever-increasing number of devotes are coming forth in Naga City every September for the Peñafracia festival celebration. And because of this, Bicolandia thru INA has been one of the best Marian Pilgrimage site in the world.
For this year 2014, here are the lists of activities for Peñafrancia Festival:
Among these schedules of activities, the highlight is the Traslacion or the procession of the image of INA from her home in Basilica Minore going to Archdiocese of Caceres Metropolitan Cathedral. Traslacion marks also the starts of the 9 day novena masses in preparation for Peñafrancia Festivities. Another highlight of event that culminates the festival is the Fluvial Procession wherein the image of INA is brought back to Basilica Minore from the Cathedral thru procession in the bicolandia river. INA is joined by the bishops, priests and numbers of religious voyadores inside a Pagoda during procession at the river while devotees are cheering for "VIVA LA VIRGEN" and praying the rosary.