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'Lutina' or 9-day novena for Bocaue’s Pagoda Festival begins

The nine-day novena or “Lutina” for the feast of the “Mahal na Poon ng Krus na Wawa” began its maiden voyage this year at the Bocaue river on a colorful Pagoda adorned with images of trumpeting angels Friday night.

This is the third year that the river voyage of the Pagoda of the venerated “Mahal na Poon ng Krus Wawa” was revived, 24 years after the so-called “Pagoda Tragedy”.

Before the voyage, Monsignor Albert Suatengco, parish priest of the Saint Martin of Tours in this town, officiated Thursday a holy mass and the blessing of the Pagoda of the venerated wooden cross of Wawa.

A simultaneous flying of white balloons was also held at the different chapels covered by the parish of Saint Martin of Tours in Bocaue as a symbolic send-off for the nine-day voyage of the Pagoda ng Mahal na Poon ng Krus sa Wawa at the Bocaue river.

Monsignor Suatengco also announced that from June 30 to July 8, holy mass will be held every 5 p.m. at the Saint Martin of Tours church after which devotees will carry the venerated cross to the Pagoda where it will be paraded at the Bocaue river with the “Lutina” or nine-day novena.

Organizers have lined-up day and night activities to celebrate the annual “fluvial parade” of the Pagoda, the centerpiece of the famous Bocaue River Fiesta”.

A boat race was held at the Bocaue river on Saturday.

On July 2, a Ronda ride will commence at the Pagoda where a holy mass will be held at the very site where the ill-fated Pagoda sank on the night of July 2, 1993 at the Bocaue river for the “Martyrs of Pagoda 1993”.

Bells will also peal on that night for the “Martyrs of Pagoda 1993”.

On July 3, a healing mass to be led by Fr. Ramon Garcia will be held at 5 p.m.

A community outreach program dubbed as “Lingap Kapwa Part II’ will be held on July 4 at the quadrangle of the parish church.

On the evening of July 5, a “Gabi ng Pagtatanghal” will be staged by different private schools in Bocaue at the church patio.

A “Battle of the Bands” and a ”car raffle” will grace the night of July 6 at the patio of St. Martin of Tours church.

On the night of July 7, the municipal government headed by Mayor Joni Villanueva-Tugna will host the “Gabi ng Pagtatanghal”

On the morning of July 8, the penultimate day of the Bocaue River Festival, a motorcade will circle the town’s different villages while a “musical “Serenata” will be held at 7 p.m. of the same day at the parish church quadrangle.

On July 9, the feast day of the venerated “Mahal na Poon ng Krus sa Wawa”, three holy masses which will start at 5 a.m. and a concelebrated mass will be offered in honor of the town’s Patron Saint.

By 9:30 am of the feast day, a procession and street dancing will commence on the streets of Bocaue leading to the part of the river where the Pagoda is docked.

The annual “Ligiran” or circling of boats around the Pagoda will begin at around 10:00 am up to 2:30 p.m. where a procession of the venerated cross will be held leading back to the parish church where holy masses will again be offered from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Meanwhile, Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado has instructed the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office headed by Liz Mungcal to deploy emergency and rescue teams during the “Lutina” at the Bocaue river and during the feast day of the venerated “Mahal na Poon ng Krus sa Wawa”.

Alvarado also instructed Bulacan acting police director to deploy additional police troops from the Provincial Public Safety Company of the Bulacan Police Provincial Office to augment the Bocaue police and ensure the safety of the thousands of devotees and tourists that will flock to watch the famous fluvial festival, one of the crowd-drawing attractions, in Bulacan.

Emil G. Gamos/PNA