After two years, the highly anticipated Intramuros Grand Marian Procession was held and graced the busy streets of the walled city of Manila. Intramuros Grand Marian Procession is one of the biggest Marian events in the country where hundreds of prominent Marian images from different parts of the country are being gathered for a religious parade. This tradition is done in honor of the feast of the Immaculate Concepcion (which is every 8th of December – which is now officially declared as a national Holiday). The annual procession has become a tradition and is part of Intramuros’ rich history since 1619 but the tradition was once again resurrected in the late 70s and early 80s where the term Grand Marian Procession was coined.
Due to the global pandemic caused by the COVID-19 virus, the event was cancelled for two consecutive years (2020 and 2021 respectively). Despite the cancellation, several online and live activities are being held as an alternative celebration. Intramuros Grand Marian Procession is a religious tradition that is wonderfully preserved all through the years. In this celebration, some of the prominent Marian images (canonically and episcopally crowned Marian images as well as those that are privately owned) will grace the street of Intramuros along with marching bands, folk dancers and of course the hundreds of devotees who traveled all the way from their respective towns just to join the procession.
Finally, after two years, the much-awaited gathering was finally allowed. The 41st Intramuros Grand Marian Procession was successfully celebrated last December 4, 2022. Unlike the previous celebrations though, especially the 2019 procession where more than 100 images participated, this year only features 30 plus images. These Marian images, however, are all Canonically crowned. These are Marian images that received papal bull of pontifical coronation granted by the pope and carried out by either his papal legate, the pontiff, or a papal nuncio. Currently (as of writing) there are 49 Canonically crowned Marian images in the country and four more images are scheduled to be crowned next year.
Without further ado, here are the images from the recently concluded 41st Intramuros Grand Marian Procession. (listed in order)
San Andres de Manila. The procession starts with the image of Saint Andrew the Apostle, the Patron Saint of Manila.
San Jose de Manila. Last 2019, Tata Hosep of Las Piñas is the one participated the event.
Santa Ana de Hagonoy of Bulacan. The third non-Marian image to join the event is the image of Saint Anne, Mary’s mother. The image of Santa Ana of Hagonoy depicts Saint Anne teaching the young Mary the scriptures. She was currently enshrined on the National Shrine of Saint Anne in Hagonoy, Bulacan
Nuestra Señora de los Dolores de Turumba. Our Lady of Turumba of Pakil, Laguna is probably one of the most prominent Marian images in the country. The image receives the decree of Canonical coronation last May of 2021 andf the coronation rites will take place on September next year.
Nuestra Señora de la Merced of Tarlac. Just like the Turumba, the image receives the decree of Canonical coronation this year and the coronation rites is set to take place this coming February 2023.
Maria Auxilladora/ Mary Help of Christians of Parañaque City. The image was recently crowned last May.
Patrocinio de Maria of Boljo-on Cebu. The image was recently crowned last April 2022.
Nuestra Señora de la Merced of Novaliches. Canonical Coronation: September 24, 2021
Mater Dolorosa of Capas, Tarlac. Canonical Coronation: June 5, 2021.
Nuestra Señora de Lourdes de Retiro / Our Lady of Lourdes of Quezon City. Canonically Crowned on August 2020.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel of New Manila. Canonical Coronation: August 15, 2020.
La Purisma Concepcion of Santa Maria Bulacan. Canonically crowned on February 1, 2020.
Virgen de la Rosa de Makati. Canonical Coronation: March 16, 2019.
Nuestra Señora de la Soledad de Porta Vaga of Cavite City. Canonically crowned on November 2018. The image is also accompanied by Lolo Uweng of Santa Rosa, Laguna.
The image of Lolo Uweng (Santo Sepulcro) of Santa Rosa, Laguna
Nuestra Señora del Pilar of Morong, Bataan. Canonical Coronation: October 2018.
La Virgen Milagrosa de Badoc of Ilocos Norte. Canonical Coronation: May 2018
Nuestra Señora del Pilar de Manila. Canonically crowned on December 2017.
Nuestra Señora de Aranzazu. Canonical Coronation: May 2017.
Nuestra Señora del Pilar de Limbanan of Camarines Sur. Canonically Crowned on October 2015
Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe of Cebu. Canonical Coronation: July 2006
Nuestra Señora de los Desamparados de Marikina. Canonical Coronation: October 2005
Nuestra Señora del Buen Suceso de Parañaque. Canonically crowned on September 8, 2000.
Nuestra Señora del Carmen de San Sebastian. Canonical Coronation: August 1991.
Nuestra Señora de los Desamparados de Manila. Canonical Coronation: May 1991.
La Inmaculada Concepcion de Malabon. Canonically crowned on December 7, 1986
Nuestra Señora de Peñafrancia de Manila. Canonical Coronation: November 10, 1985
Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria de Jaro. The official replica of the image joined the Intramuros Grand Marian Procession for the first time. The image was canonically crowned on February 20, 1981.
Nuestra Señora de Salvacion de Joroan of Tiwi, Albay also joined the procession for the first time. The image was canonically crowned on August 1976. The original image graced the procession.
La Virgen Divina Pastora of Gapan, Nueva Ecija. Canonical Coronation: April 1964.
Nuestra Señora de Namacpacan of La Union. Canonical coronation: November 1959.
Virgen Milagrosa del Rosario del Pueblo de Orani. Canonical Coronation: April 1959
Nuestra Señora del Pronto Socorro de Boac of Marinduque. Canonically crowned on May 10, 1958
Virgen de los Remedios de Pampanga. Canonical coronation: September 6, 1956
Nuestra Señora de la Caridad de Bantay of Ilocos Sur. Canonical Coronation: January 1956.
Nuestra Señora de Guia of Ermita, Manila. Canonically crowned on December 30, 1955
Nuestra Señora de Caysasay of Taal, Batangas. Canonically crowned on December 8, 1954
Nuestra Señora de Visitación de Piat, Cagayan. Canonical coronation: June 1954
Nuestra Señora de la Paz y Buen Viaje of Antipolo. Canonical coronation: November 1928
Nuestra Señora de Peñafrancia of Naga, Cebu. Canonically crowned on September 1924
Nuestra Señora del Santísimo Rosario—La Naval de Manila. The first canonically crowned image in the Philippines. The coronation took place on October 5, 1907.
Nuestra Señora dela Consolacion y Correa. Canonically crowned on September 2000.
The procession concludes with the image of the Festejada, Nuestra Señora, La Inmaculada Concepcion, Mater Purisima. Known to be the Patroness of the Philippines.
The polychrome life-sized statue of the Immaculate Conception of Manila Cathedral
It is also interesting to mention that one of the spectators of the event is Vice President Sara Duterte. She was accompanied by her mother, Elizabeth Zimmerman.
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