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Peñafrancia civic parade reels off today; military parade on Friday

Bicol Mail

Some 506 contingents from public and private schools and colleges based in various parts of Bicol, from as far as Paracale, Camarines Norte in the north and Libon, Albay and Sorsogon City in the south are joining this year’s edition of the Bicol Regional Military Competition, one of the highlight activities of the weeklong Peñafrancia celebration.

Vicente Avila, project director and chairman of the rules and regulation committee said the traditional parade will start at 7:00 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 14, but contingents and participants for CAT units must be at the assembly area along the stretch of Panganiban Avenue, from Naga City Subdivision to St. Joseph School and SM City Naga, not later than 6:00 a.m. of that day.

This year’s military parade is being chaired by City Councilor Jose A. Tuason, with City Councilor Nathan A. Sergio as his vice-chairman.

Best marching units are to be judged from contingents in their respective categories, such as the military units (separately for high school and college levels), majorettes ( high school and college), drum and bugle corps (high school and college), and marching bands (high school and college), aside from the exhibition numbers for majorettes, CAT fancy drills, marching bands, and drum and bugle corps.

The parades wind up at Plaza Quezon which is packed with guests and spectators, led by city government officials, military and police officers, school heads, and VIP guests from Manila.

Medical teams are dispatched and stationed in various points of the parade route for the duration of the parade that takes the whole morning of Friday until past noon due to the large number of participating uniformed contingents. The event is considered one of its kind in the country and the longest that takes place every September here in Naga City.

Meanwhile, the Peñafrancia Civic and Float Parade will take off at 7:00 a.m. today, Thursday, with participants coming from the city hall, various barangay officials, civic and non-government organizations, youth sector, and business and corporate establishments that will showcase their best floats.

The civic parade is being chaired by City Councilor Nelson S. Legacion.