TOKYO-2018 People / Culture

Our Lady of Peñafrancia In The Life of Bicolanos

  • Prize
    Silver in People/Culture
  • Photographer
    Arjanmar Rebeta
  • Agency / Studio
    Mediarama Creatives
  • Technical Info
    Canon 6d
  • Photo Date
    September 2015

Bikolanos are known children of the Blessed Mother as they fondly called Mary as INA. This is part of Bikolano’s Catholic spirituality. Every September, all roads are leading to Naga City, Cam. Sur to pay homage to Our Lady of Peñafrancia. Peñafrancia Festival is one of the biggest & most popular religious events in the Philippines. “In the course of (more than) 300 years, this bond between faith and culture has strengthened to a point where the overwhelming majority of Bicolanos regard the Virgin to be much more than a mere patroness. The relationship is intimate. She is a MOTHER.”