Around Albay through Visita Iglesia

Catholic rituals like Visita Iglesia are observed during Holy Week to reflect on the Passion of Christ. This part of Jesus’s life is filled with examples and teachings for its church members to emulate and practice.

In Albay, there are several old churches that can be your host for this activity. Here are some suggestions from the province’s first and second districts.

Joroan Church/Our Lady of Salvation

Joroan Church

 

Tiwi Church/St. Lawrence the Martyr

tiwi church

Malinao Church/St. Joachim and St. Anne

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Tabaco Church/St. John the Baptist

tabaco church

 

Malilipot Church/Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

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Bacacay Church/St. Rose of Lima

Malilipot Church

Albay Cathedral/St. Gregory the Great

Albay Cathedral

Daraga Church/Our Lady of the Gate

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Fluvial Parade for Albay’s Patroness

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Every year Albay holds a maritime procession for the patroness of the province, Our Lady of Salvation, in honor of her feast day, August 15.

On the third Saturday of August, devotees and pilgrims from all over Albay take part in the celebration to pay homage to the miraculous image of Our Lady of Salvation. It is highlighted by a concelebrated Mass which is often held at Sugod, a fishing village in Tiwi, before continuing on with the procession.

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The procession starts in Brgy. Joroan where the shrine of Our Lady of Salvation is located. The image is carried by a well-decorated trawl boat and followed by an entourage of equally colorful pump boats. It passes through the coastal barangays of Tiwi, including Bariis, Matalibong, Sugod, Bolo and Baybay, and vice versa.

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On the last Saturday of August, devotees from all over the Bicol region will visit the shrine for Peregrinacion sa Magagahon. After midnight, they would walk in the procession from the St. Lawrence Church of Tiwi to the Diocesan Shrine in Joroan.

The nine-kilometer distance between the two churches is a sacrifice pilgrims make for that day, which they consider a special day of veneration. This flock of devotees to the shrine extends until September.

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Incidentally, these events have become a part of the Coron Festival in Tiwi. Coron is a local word for potteries or clay pot, the very same product made out of pottery, the town’s major source of income. Events for this year include street dancing presentation, Tiwi Product Exhibit and Padyak Race.

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In the next month, Naga will hold its annual fluvial procession for Our Lady of Penafrancia, the highlight event of the city’s Penafrancia Festival.