THE Lapu-Lapu City Government has cancelled all nightly activities related to the annual fiesta on Nov. 21, 2020 as a precaution against the resurgence of Covid-19 in the city.
The fiesta in honor of the Nuesta Señora de la Regla or the Our Lady of the Rule will kick off on Saturday, Nov. 7, with a motorcade around the city.
Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Junard Chan said they decided to cancel all nightly activities upon the decision of the church administrators of the National Shrine of our Lady of the Rule in Barangay Poblacion.
The motorcade on Saturday, Nov. 7, replaced the traditional fluvial procession and the Walk with Mary foot procession for this year’ fiesta.
Chan said despite his constant warning to his constituents to strictly observe social distancing, the health safety protocol can likely be violated especially during religious occasions.
Chan and members of the fiesta committee made the decision on Wednesday, Nov. 4.
The decision was supported by Fr. Berbard Corpuz, the parish priest of the National Shrine of our Lady of the Rule; and Cindi King-Chan, first lady of Lapu-Lapu City and chairperson of the City’s Tourism, Cultural and Historical Affairs Commission (TCHAC).
“We cannot be complacent. The city must retain its zero case status for the entire month,” Chan said.
Meanwhile, the motorcade bearing the image of the Lady of the Rule will leave the national shrine at 8 a.m.
The motorcade will then turn left at Lopez Jaena St., P. Rodriguez St., Guiwanon Road, Looc Chevron Road, Locatha, to Canjulao 1st Street Junction, A. Tumulak Street District Hospital, A. Tumulak (Merjen) S. Osmeña Street, Basak Petron Street MVP Avenue, Sangi Road MLQ Pajo, Mantaue Road, Umpad Street, B.M. Dimataga Street, R. Dela Serna Street and before going back to the national shrine.
Local officials have advised devotees and residents to stay at home and just wait along the designated motorcade routes.
Devotees, whether on foot or on vehicle, are prohibited from following the motorcade, only 10 vehicles, belonging to the parish and city officials, can join the motorcade.
Those witnessing the motorcade along the roadside are advised to observe minimum health protocol including wearing of masks and maintaining social distance. / GCM, JKV