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San Juan fluvial parade in Sagay City

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One of the estimated 100 fishing boats that joined the fluvial parade in honor of St. John the Baptist on June 24 in Sagay City, Negros Occidental.* Sagay City PIO photo

About 100 boats joined the fluvial procession of Senior San Juan Bautista on June 24, in celebration of the Feast of San Juan in Purok Bougainvillea, Brgy. Old Sagay, Sagay City, Negros Occidental.

The tradition started 50 years ago by the Baloco Family, who still continues to lead in the organizing and fundraising for the event in Purok Bougainvillea, an emerging tourism destination in Sagay, according to a press statement issued by the Sagay City Public Information Office.

It added that the fluvial procession was a symbol of community, and the fisherfolk’s prayer for good bounty from the sea.

Devotees prayed the rosary while riding the boats from Purok Roma in Brgy. Taba-ao to the “bocana,” where the river and the sea meets in Purok Bougainvillea.

Fishing boats decorated with flowers were applied with incense, as part of their ritual to pray for good catch and safety.

Festival beach goers will have to endure the dousing by water as they enter the village. It is said to symbolize cleansing, starting anew, and to purify the soul, while others say it has healing benefits.

A mass led by Rev. Fr. Albert Aldea and the baptism of children were also held during the day.

Barangay Old Sagay council, Philippine Coast Guard – Sagay Command, Sagay Marine Reserve – Bantay Dagat, and City DRRMO Rescue Volunteers helped to ensure a safe and orderly fluvial parade.*

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