Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Pagsungko ki Ina' 2013 Jardin Real de Naga Clubhouse

'Pagsungko ki Ina', 2013 
Jardin Real de Naga Clubhouse

The annual traditional Pagsungko ki Ina
came a little late this year in Jardin Real,


…literally came two weeks late, last week of October
while it came on the first week last year,

…and chronologically came late in the afternoon,
a lot earlier compared last year.

Pagsungko’ is a pre- fiesta tradition where the image
of Our Lady of Penafrancia  is carried by devotees
on their shoulders and brought to a certain community
all over the Bicol Region for an overnight vigil.

We waited for the procession 
to pass by our house,

...but it silently breezed away that  the image was
already  few blocks away when we saw it.


So off we drove to the Clubhouse where 
the mass and the vigil would be held, 

...brought flower offerings for the makeshift altar 
and waited for the image to arrive.


After about an hour- the procession 
arrived at the clubhouse,


… and the image of the Lady of Penafrancia
was  slowly brought to her improvised altar…

…amidst devotees chanting and praying,


…singing hymns, 


…and shouting ‘Viva la Virgen’.


In a little while, she was  ready for 
the mass, and the overnight vigil.


Another Pagsungko unfolded 
and again would unfold next year
and the years to come-

…an unending testament of the Bicolanos’
tireless devotion to their beloved
'Patrona de Bicol'.

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