Lapu-Lapu City’s Fluvial Procession in honor of the Virgin of the Rule, now on its 12th year, will be held on November 12, 2012, marking the first day of the novena mass in honor of our patron saint.
The fluvial procession will set sail at 7:00 a.m. from the Pacific Cebu Resort wharf at Suba-basbas and will culminate at Muelle Osmeña at around 9:00 am. after covering a distance of almost three fourths of the coastal line in Mactan Island.
Initiated by the City Tourism Commission, the fluvial procession has since gained cooperation from the Philippine Coast Guard, Philippine Navy, Philippine Air Force, Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary, Pacific Cebu Resort, Pumpboat Operators, Jet Ski Operators, Catholic Religious Groups, the Congregation of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart (MSC) and the Metro Ferry Corporation.
Tourism Commission Chairman Damian T. Gomez Jr. leads the fluvial committee while Commissioner Naty Amores is over-all coordinator.
Following the 5:30 am. Mass that will be held at the Marigondon Parish Church, the icon of the city’s patron saint will be brought by motorcade to the Pacific Cebu Resort where it will be boarded on a yacht offered by Mr. Lee Joseph Gonzales. The flower arrangement will be donated by an anonymous Marian devotee.
While the procession is sea-borne a chopper from the Philippine Air Force will drop the first shower of Petals. Two other drops will follow in the vicinity of Marcelo Fernan Bridge and at the Muelle Osmeña before the yacht docks signalling the end of the procession. The best decorated and most symbolic pump boat (out-rigger vessel) will be awarded prizes.
This year’s board of judges for the contest is still to be decided by the Tourism Commission and will be announced at a later date.
The M/B Birhen sa Regla, the city owned sea ambulance will be provided to the medical group. Boyla vessel will be provided to the members of the media who wants to cover the event.
Boarding passes can be procured at the Lapu-Lapu City Tourism Office. For reservation please contact Sunshine V. Alegre at Telephone number 341-1644.