United Bicolandia primed for 43rd Penafrancia fiesta in LA Featured

United Bicolandia primed for  43rd Penafrancia fiesta in LA
Caption: The image of of Our Lady of Penafrancia inside its "andas" borne on the shoulders of the voyadores during a segment of  the foot/fluvial procession in a previous Penafrancia fiesta in Los Angeles. (Photo by Joelan Brillo)


Los Angeles, CA-- United Bicolandia Los Angeles (UBLA) is now primed for its celebration of this month's 43rd annual Penafrancia festival in this city with the formation of the fiesta executive committee and the completion of the details of the nine-day schedule.
   The festival done in Naga City back home in honor of Our Lady of Penafrancia, one of the biggest Marian events in  the Philippines, is celebrated by the Bikolnons from the provinces of Albay, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Masbate and Sorsogon.  The Los Angeles version was first observed under the auspices of UBLA in 1974 by hardly a hundred devotees that now have grown to be a crowd cruncher participated in by thousands of revelers to become one of the biggest-attended Filipino gatherings in Southern California.
   To head the 2017 LA activities, UBLA president Eddie Sabocor recently appointed former president Lanie Berrie as over-all executive chairman and Marjorie Balce as vice chairman.
   The traditional novena rite kicks off the festival on Friday, Sept. 8, with the so-called "traslacion" which is the transfer of the Penafrancia image from its side-altar shrine to the main altar of the church venue, there to remain during the next eight novena nights.  On the ninth day on Saturday, Sept. 16, the image will be moved to Lincoln Park for the whole-day fiesta itself. A more detailed description of the fiesta will be announced next week.
   Subchairmen of the major committees have been named as follows:  scheduling, park permit, setup & tent layout, Lanie Berrei;  park & stage decoration, Tony Martires; altar & andas decoration, Arnel Bailon; pagoda decoration, Adversario, Mendes & Fulgentes families; pagoda setup & dismantling, Eddie Sabocor; liturgy & religious rites, Lem & Fe Amit; choir, Chris Avendano; foot & fluvial procession, Louie Betito, Butch San Jose & voyadores; cultural presentation, Yeye Martires; mass donors, Aida Brizuela; benefactors & banners, Tess Orcini.
   Main church venue is the Los Angeles Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 4954 Santa Monica Blvd., LA, where the first 8-night novena will be prayed; contact person, Lanie Berrei (818) 281-3169.  Satellite novena venues are: South Bay area, St. Anthony Catholic Church, 710 E. Grand Ave. El Segundo, CA, contact: Vic Martires (310) 618-0837.  West Covina area, St. Martha's Catholic Church, 444 N. Azusa Ave., La Puente, CA, contact: Linda Angeles (626) 641-5938; and Long Beach area, St. Dominic Savio Catholic Church, 9740 Foster Road, Bellflower, CA, contact: Evelyn Granada (562) 298-3839.  On the 9th fiesta whole day all devotees and guests will converge on Lincoln Park, 3529 N. Mission Road, LA, CA 90031.

Last modified onSunday, 03 September 2017 18:59
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