Organizers to hold motorcade to bring holy images back to Cebu City if weather does not permit seaborne procession

IF A seaborne procession cannot be held on Saturday, January 14, 2023, because of the weather, a motorcade will bring the images of the Sto. Niño, the Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. Joseph to Cebu City via the Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway, according to Reverend Father John Ion Miranda, OSA, Fiesta Señor 2023 head secretariat.

Miranda, chairman of the health, safety and security committee, attended the dry run for the seaborne procession from the Naval Forces Central port in Barangay Looc, Lapu-Lapu City to Pier 1 in Cebu City on Wednesday morning, January 11.

Commander Mark Larsen Mariano, Coast Guard District Central Visayas (CGDCV) deputy commander, for his part, said the dry run was smooth sailing, adding that the travel time took about an hour and a half despite the wet weather or rainfall.

“Of course, the dry run did not include the rest of the participants of the seaborne procession like the big vessels and tugboats,” Mariano said in Tagalog.

As of Monday, January 9, 76 sea vessels had registered to join the seaborne procession, according to the information officer of the CGDCV.

The three images will be driven to Lapu-Lapu City on Friday, January 13, where they will stay overnight at the Nuestra Señora de la Regla Parish National Shrine. (MKG, PJB)