Rain won’t stop Mar­ian pro­ces­sion tonight

Tonight’s pen­i­ten­tial pro­ces­sion mark­ing the cen­te­nary cel­e­bra­tion of the ap­pari­tions of the Our Lady of Fa­tima will push through, rain or shine.

The Freeman - - NEWS - — May B. Mi­asco/KBQ

Cebu Arch­bishop Jose Palma, the 67-year-old prelate, said the re­li­gious ac­tiv­ity only hap­pens once in a cen­tury that is why he in­tends to push through the event what­ever the weather con­di­tion will be.

It would re­quire “ex­treme” weather dis­tur­bance be­fore the “Grand Mar­ian Pro­ces­sion” would be can­celled.

Ac­cord­ing to the Mac­tan sta­tion of Philip­pine At­mo­spheric, Geo­phys­i­cal and As­tro­nom­i­cal Ser­vices Ad­min­is­tra­tion (PAGASA), Cebu will con­tinue to ex­pe­ri­ence light o moder­ate rain show­ers ow­ing to trop­i­cal de­pres­sion “Odette.”

Close to 15,000 Mar­ian devo­tees are ex­pected to join the foot pro­ces­sion, which may take two to three hours.

The stretch of Os­meña Boule­vard from the Cebu Capi­tol to Basil­ica Mi­nore del Santo Niño de Cebu will be closed to traf­fic start­ing 7:30 in the evening. Pro­ces­sion will start at 8.

The pro­ces­sion will tra­verse through Os­meña Boule­vard un­til reach­ing the Basil­ica, where a Holy Mass will be cel­e­brated by Palma at 10 p.m.

The Grand Mar­ian pro­ces­sion is a pen­i­ten­tial walk and a sac­ri­fice of prayer for the for­give­ness of sins and the sal­va­tion of souls as con­tained in the mes­sage of Fa­tima.

There will be 17 Car­rozas from the dif­fer­ent parishes in Metro Cebu whose pa­troness is the Blessed Vir­gin Mary, bear­ing dif­fer­ent ti­tles.

Palma hopes that the par­tic­i­pants will pray for unity and for the restora­tion of peace in some war-torn ar­eas like Marawi City.

BRACE FOR HEAVY

TRAF­FIC

More­over, the com­muters and mo­torists are warned of pos­si­ble heavy traf­fic tonight near the pro­ces­sion route.

Fran­cisco Ouano, Cebu City Trans­porta­tion Of­fice (CCTO) op­er­a­tions chief, has ad­vised mo­torists and com­muters to take al­ter­na­tive routes to avoid get­ting stuck in traf­fic.

Traf­fic rerout­ing sig­nages will be in­stalled in the af­fected ar­eas to guide mo­torists what di­rec­tions to take to reach their des­ti­na­tion.

To ease the flow of traf­fic, he said, around 90 traf­fic en­forcers will be de­ployed to man the traf­fic around the pro­ces­sion route.

“While some may feel in­con­ve­nienced, we are ask­ing them to be more pa­tient and un­der­stand­ing. This is only a rare ac­tiv­ity,” he said.

He said the thor­ough­fare will be opened im­me­di­ately once the tail end of the pro­ces­sion passes.

PALMA

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