There are more than 140 beautifully and elaborately-adorned carriages bearing the images of the Blessed Virgin Mary with her different titles from different parts of the country were part of the 39th Grand Marian Procession.
Our Lady of Fatima
There were between 70,000 to 80,000 people which visited the grand procession. Most are devotees from different parts of the archipelago.
Sacta Maria Stella Matutina of Familia Zapanta and Quiocho, Taytay , Rizal province
This also coincide with celebration of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception last sunday December 2, 2018.
foreign tourists at Plaza de España
There are also several foreign tourists and devotees who also took time to visit the processional carriages before the actual procession had started.
Nuestra Señora delos Dolores de Turumba of Pakil, Laguna devotees
participants with colorful traje de mestiza
Virgin of the Poor
The grand marian procession also coincide with the Catholic church observance of the first sunday of advent.
Our Lady of the Barangay
Ina Poon Bato carriage with vegetable, fruits, tillandsia and cut flowers
pineapples, string beans, banana blossom and baskets are part of the elaborate floral and agricultural produce arrangement
Our Lady of Hope
Nuestra Señora Delas Flores– the image was owned by Mrs. Imelda Ongsiako Cojuangco
Mary of Help Christians with devotees from Boac, Marinduque dress in Roman Moriones
The grand procession was very festive and was organized by the Confradia de la Inmaculada Conception Foundation in cooperation with the Intramuros Administration, the Armed Forces of the Philippines and different Marian congregations.
cadets were also drafted and served as escort to the processional image of Our Lady of Fatima
participants with colorful floral costumes
The three-kilometer procession route are beehives of all sorts of activities. There are people singing, colorful local costumes and devotees distributing devotional pamphlets.
Our Lady of Holy Rosary of Pacita, Laguna
Most of the processional carriages and the images were arranged as early as lunchtime within Paseo de Magallanes near Bureau of Immigration, Intendencia de Manila and Soriano avenue within Intramuros.
The solemn parade started at around past 4:00 pm in the afternoon from Plaza Roma in front of the Manila Cathedral and will slowly wind its way through the streets of the Walled City.
beautifully embroidered vestment
The well venerated images include among others the Our Lady of the Visitation of Piat from Cagayan Valley; Our Lady of Guibang in Gamu, Isabela; Our Lady of the Holy Spirit in Guimaras, Iloilo; Nuestra Señora de Salvacion; Nuestra Señora de la Asuncion; Our Lady of Lourdes; Our Lady of Fatima; Our Lady of Buen Suceso; Our Lady of Pillar; Our Lady of the Abandoned; Our Lady of Victories; Our Lady of La Salette from Silang, Cavite; Our Lady of Namacpacan from Luna, La Union; Our Lady of Manaoag from Pangasinan.
La Virgen Dolorosa de Murcia
Nuestra Señora del Santisimo Rosario del Manaoag with camarero and devotees
Virgen La Divina Pastora from Gapan, Nueva Ecija province
Our Lady of Divine Shepherdess or La Virgen La Divina Pastora from Gapan, Nueva Ecija; Nuestra Senora de Aranzazu; Our Lady of Soledad of Porta Vaga, patroness of Cavite; Our Lady of Peñafrancia, patroness of Bicol; Nuestra Señora de Dolores de Turumba from Pakil, Laguna; 0ur Lady of La Naval; Our Lady of Guadalupe; Our Lady of the Rosary from Rosario, Cavite; Virgen Milagrosa del Santissimo Rosario from Orani, Bataan.
39th Marian Procession poster at Casa Manila
devotees and pilgrims from Catanduanes, Bicol region
Several other highly revered Marian images accompanied by a contingent of Marian devotees from each town or province.
Last year, a replica of the image of Mary, Help of Christians was included in the procession symbolic of the original image which was destroyed during the Battle of Marawi.
Some of the participants and provincial delegates were already at the main plaza before 12:00 noon.
Nuestra Señora del Santissimo Rosario
Among popular souvenirs are devotional pamphlets, estampitas, salt, handkerchiefs, cloth among others are popular souvenirs of the event.
sacristans holding candles and rosaries
consorts with candles from Cavite
There are big plans for next year’s 40th Annual Marian Procession with more images and bigger crowd expected to participate.