Sunday, January 8, 2012

Despite low tide, Black Nazarene's fluvial procession is a go

HAGONOY, Bulacan—Annual fluvial parade here for the Feast of the Black Nazarene will push through today (Monday) despite expected low tide on Hagonoy River.

This came two months after this town along with Calumpit was submerged in floods for more than two weeks.

 “It’s a go, kahit low tide,” said Rosalia Montehermoso, a lay leader of the Black Nazarene Chapel at Sitio Parong-parong in Brgy. San Agustin here.

Based on records, tide measurement for Monday morning will be negative 0.9 meter, the lowest tide record in the last three years.

She said that boats will be ready to be boarded just after the morning mass on Monday.

“The boat operators will have to make adjustments kung paano sasakay ang mga tao na sasama sa fluvial parade,” she said noting that they might provide a small bridge that will link the boats from the edge of the river.

The fluvial parade has attracted increasing number of devotees of the Black Nazarene in the province every year as they don’t have to go to Quiapo in Manila to join the feast.

Some of them said that it was only years that they learned about the fluvial parade for the Black Nazarene here.

“Mas malapit dito at hindi na ko makikipagsiksikan,” said Brigida Villanueva of this town.

For his part, Tony Calonzo, said he has been coming here for more than a decade since.

A local devotee, Calonzo is the also the boat operator whose boat is rented every year to for the fluvial parade.

He said that his 30 year old cargo boat commonly known as “pituya”  is also being rented in other fluvial parades in Bocaue and Pampanga.

Calonzo’s “pituya” is 65 feet long and 11 feet wide.  It can carry at least 100 persons and is usually tug by a smaller motor boat.

Aside from Calonzo’s bother other smaller boat join the annual fluvial parade along the Hagonoy River.

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