Pagoda sa Wawa Festival

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River Boat Festival by Jose W. Hernandez, 1989

Every First Sunday of July, the town of Bocaue in the Province of Bulacan celebrates the fluvial pagoda festival, the Pagoda sa Wawa, which commemorates the discovery of the miraculous cross floating on the Bocaue river 200 years ago.

A replica of the cross on which Jesus was crucified is paraded on a pagoda adorned with magnificent trimmings and guided by by colorful bancas. Hundreds attend the procession for a nine-day novena, during which they feast and celebrate the legendary rescue of the Holy Cross from the Bocaue River

Sources: Traveler's Companion: Philippines and

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