MANILA, Dec. 2, 2014–The public is invited to the Intramuros Grand Marian Procession (IGMP) set on Dec. 7, Sunday, from 4:00 p.m. onwards at Plaza Roma, across the Manila Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica.
Now on its 35th year, the event which is organized by the CofradÍa de la Inmaculada Concepción, will feature some of the best-loved images of the Blessed Virgin under various titles, both local and international.
James Benedict Malabanan, a “Marian through-and-through” and an IGMP regular, agreed it is the “most prestigious Marian procession” in the country, stressing it is a good avenue to “spread devotion”.
Proof of IGMP’s following are the thousands who take part in the festivities.
In a CBCP News interview, he said many formerly obscure Marian images, ones venerated only in specific regions or provinces, have become known nationwide because of IGMP.
“Thanks to IGMP, people are now familiar with Turumba de Pakil, Soledad de Porta Vaga, Nuestra Señora de la Merced de Candaba, Remedios de Pampanga, etc.,” Malabanan shared.
According to him, new entries include Obando’s Virgen de Salambao and Cavite’s Rosario de Caracol.
While IGMP participants are mainly replicas, Malabanan said the forthcoming procession expects to have present the original images of Nuestra Señora del Pilar de Imus, Aranzazu de San Mateo, Fátima de Valenzuela, Ina Poon Bato de Zambales, Consolación y Correa de Intramuros, Divina Pastora de Nueva Ecija, and the Soledad de San Isidro, also of Nueva Ecija.
Malabanan said that in 2013 almost the whole population of Pakil, including its local officials, came in droves to Intramuros to show their support for their patroness, Nuestra Señora de los Dolores de Turumba.
Since its launch in in 1980, IGMP has attracted devotees from within the Philippines as well as abroad, some of them tourists and Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) who make it a point to flock to the Walled City every first Sunday of December in honor of the Immaculate Conception. (Raymond A. Sebastián/CBCPNews)