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For nine days, people flock to the Cathedral to hear mass, line up, touch the image, wipe their handkerchief on the image, pray, wish, and give thanks. Our Lady of Peñafrancia is known for her miracles. Many devotees claim that their prayers have been answered through the intercession of Mary, so many return to give thanks, and many return to request more prayers.
The novena ends on the 9th day, the 3rd Saturday of September with a fluvial procession, in which the images are brought to the Basilica atop a pagoda (a large raft that can hold 200 people) through the river.
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The image of Our Lady of Peñafrancia reaches the Basilica in the evening, and mass is celebrated. Throughout the city, families open up their homes to feed more family or friends who have become family, or even strangers who end up becoming friends.
The fiesta in Naga is definitely an experience of hope, faith, and love - for the Almighty, for Mary, and for the people who come.
-- a believer --
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO:
Regularly scheduled daily flights are offered by Cebu Pacific and PAL Express between Manila and Naga. If you are travelling from the Visayas, Cebu Pacific offers a flight between Cebu and Legazpi, which is a short van or bus ride away from Naga. The city is also served by several bus companies offering daily trips from Manila to Naga and all points in between.
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