5K devotees show up for seaborne procession

THE seaborne procession in honor of the Nuestra Señora Virgen de la Regla from Cordova town to Lapu-Lapu City on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, was “successful and generally peaceful.”

Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan told reporters that the event was well-organized, adding that the devotees were disciplined.

Col. Elmer Lim, Lapu-Lapu City Police Office (LCPO) director, said about 5,000 devotees and participants flocked to the procession routes from the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Parish in Barangay Marigondon to the Cordova Roro Port.

Lim said they did not encounter problems with security preparations.

Chan said they encouraged other devotees to refrain from going to Muelle Osmeña and to watch the procession in coastal areas and through social media coverage instead.

As to precautionary measures against coronavirus disease (Covid-19), Chan encouraged those with low immune system and those experiencing symptoms of the disease to wear their face masks at all times.

Fr. Reynante Joseph Ga, the parish priest, said he was overwhelmed by success of the religious activity.

Lapu-Lapu City Lone District Rep. Ma. Cynthia Chan also expressed her joy over the holding of the procession after two years.

“I’m very happy that we were successful in holding a peaceful procession. We had to stop holding it for two years because of the pandemic but we were able to continue the tradition. The Lord has blessed us with fine weather to be able to do this... the crowd was very disciplined, too,” she said in Cebuano.

Cordova Mayor Cesar “Didoy” Suan said that beginning this year, the starting point of the procession would be the town’s Roro Port in Barangay Poblacion.

In response, Chan welcomed the call of Suan to make this a tradition as this showed the entire Mactan Island united.

“Nindot kaayo na siya nga naghiusa, dili lang ang Lapu-Lapu kon dili ang entiro (It’s good that we are all united, not only in Lapu-Lapu but the entire) Mactan Island because Cordova is part of the island of Mactan,” he said.

Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, the starting point of the fluvial procession was at the Pacific Cebu Resort in Barangay Suba-Basbas in Lapu-Lapu City but the foot path was reportedly damaged due to typhoon Odette in December last year.

Lapu-Lapu City Councilor Jeorgen Book, chairman of the seaborne procession committee, also expressed her gratitude to all the stakeholders for the success of the activity, including private individuals, companies, and government agencies and officials.

Book said they conducted a series of meetings and made sure they had a dry run of the the procession. (MKG)