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The 38th Intramuros Grand Marian Procession


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The historical streets of Intramuros were once again filled with colorful Carozzas featuring over a hundred Marian images last Sunday. Despite the unwelcoming weather prior to the time of the procession, the 38th Intramuros Grand Marian Procession was held and concluded successfully. More than a hundred Marian images bearing different titles from different provinces of the country were gathered for this highly anticipated Marian event.

The Intramuros Grand Marian Procession is an annual event celebrated every first Sunday of December  in honor of the feast of the Immaculate Concepcion (which is every 8th of December). It has been traditionally done and part of Intramuros’ rich history since 1619 but the tradition was once again resurrected in the late 70s and early 80s where the term Grand Marian Procession was coined.

The tradition was preserved but the way it is being celebrated was changed throughout the years. Today, the annual grand procession is still being done where different most prominent Marian images are being paraded alongside with marching bands, folk dancers and of course the hundreds of devotees who travel all the way from their respective towns just to join the parade.

Interestingly, they made some changes this year and most notably the arrangements of the images. The procession was lead by the Venerated images followed by the Marian images that are canonically crowned, then followed by Marian images that are privately owned and then the “festejada” or the image of the Immaculate Concepcion.

The 3-kilometer long procession was graced by some of the most prominent Marian images in the country. One of the most interesting highlights this year is the inclusion of the “Mary Help of Christians” from Marawi City. The original image of Maria Auxiliadora de los Cristianos de Marawi was actually destroyed during the war in Marawi and this replica was donated by Nolan Angeles. The replica graced the Intramuros Marian Procession before it will be turned over to Saint Mary’s Cathedral in Marawi.
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Photos from Mr Nolan Angeles. One of the most touching scenes captured during the event. I’ve also learned that the image is now visiting some Salestians schools in Laguna before turning it over to Marawi

This year also marks the first participation of La Purisima Concepcion of Santa Maria, Bulacan, La Virgen Milagrosa of Badoc, Ilocos Norte and Our Lady of  Rosary of Pacita, Laguna.

Too bad I don’t have my camera with me so everything I will share below were all taken through my smartphone! So without any further ado, here are some of the Marian images from the recently concluded 38th Intramuros Grand Marian Procession of IGMP2017!

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Virgen Del Carmen (Our Lady of Mount Carmel)
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Our Lady of Assumption
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La Purisima Concepcion de Santa Maria, Bulacan. It’s her first participation this year
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Nuestra Señora del Mar Cautiva de Sto. Tomas
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Mary The Health of the Sick
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Nuestra Señora De Natividad
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Our Lady of the Poor
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La Virgen Milagrosa de Badoc. It is the image first participation to IGMP
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Nuestra Senora delos Dolores de Quezon
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Our Lady of the Visitation of Guibang
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Our Lady of La Salette
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Our Lady of Miraculous Medal
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Our Lady of Lourdes
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Our Lady of Turumba
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Our Lady Apo Baket of Namacpacan
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La Divina Pastora
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Mary The Untier of Knots
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Mary Queen of Virgins
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Nuestra Señora del Santissimo Rosario De Macarena
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Our Mother of Perpetual Help
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Our Lady of Stars
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Regina Martyrium
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Sta Maria Regi Angeli
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Rosa Mystica
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Our Lady of Manaoag
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Our Lady of Peñafrancia
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Our Lady of All Nations
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Nuestra Señora De Cabra
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Nuestra Señora Dela Fe
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Mother of Love, Peace and Joy
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La Pieta
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Nuestra Señora de la Victoria
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Our Lady of Peñafrancia De Manila
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Our Lady of Caysasay
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Nuestra Señora De la Salud delos Recoletos
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Our Lady of Solitude of Porta Vaga
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Our Lady of Rosary of Pacita, Laguna.

As a residence of Cavite City, we came there to support our Patroness, the Our Lady of Solitude of Porta Vaga. The image depicts the solitude of Mary and to commemorate with it, we used to have the so-called “Silent Procession” or “Yapak Procession” every Good Friday (Check : Yapak Procession). The devotees used to walk barefoot during the procession.
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We once brought that yearly Lent tradition to Intramuros Grand Marian Procession but in the past few years, we just wear black. This year, however, was something special. The original image of Our Lady of Solitude of Porta Vaga was brought to grace this year’s Marian procession. The miraculous image recently celebrated its 350th anniversary. Escorted by marine students from AIMS and accompanied by three large bands from different towns of Cavite and an overwhelming amount of devotees, you can really feel the strong devotion to the miraculous Patroness of Cavite.
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Confetti and Loud cheers as soon as She was introduced!

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