Naga's Peñafrancia Basilica Minore: The Home of Ina
Renzelle Ann Palma | Mar 25, 2014
This beautiful church in Naga City is steeped in a beautiful story and a rich history. The Peñafrancia Basilica Minore houses an image of the Virgin Mary that was sculpted in 1710. It was commissioned by Dominican priest Miguel Robles de Covarrubias who, as stories have it, was personally blessed by the Virgin and was witness to some of her miracles.
Devotees from all over the world flock to the Penafrancia Basilica Minore and the Metropolitan Cathedral during the Peñafrancia Festival, one of the biggest Marian celebrations in the whole of Asia.
[VIEW: Know more about the Peñafrancia Festival, Asia's biggest Marian celebration.]
The inside of the Basilica not only houses the image of the Peñafrancia, but also boasts of beautiful stained glass images made by the “Painter of Ina,” the stained glass artist and mural painter Pancho Piano.
The Basilica Jubilee Pavilion in front of the church is definitely something to marvel at. The dome-like structure is decorated with stained glass art also made by Piano. Each glass pane tells a story of devotion to Ina and how her miracles have changed the people's lives.
Make sure to say a prayer or two when you visit the home of Ina in Naga City.
To see more of Naga and the Peñafrancia Basilica Minore, watch the first part of the Choose Bicol series of Choose Philippines here.
VIEW: One of the country's biggest celebrations, the Peñafrancia Festival.
How to Get There:
Naga City is located about 377 km southeast of Metro Manila. By air, Naga is served by the Naga Airport which is located just outside the city proper, in the nearby town (and the CamSur capital) of Pili. A flight from Manila takes approximately 35-40 minutes.
By land, Naga is an eight-hour bus ride from Pasay or Cubao. The Philippine National Railways used to offer daily train rides to Naga (Bicol Express, Mayon Limited De Luxe, and Mayon Limited Ordinary); stay tuned to their website and Facebook page for updates.