Rivers of Our Time Bicol River Phillipines
The Bicol River in the Philippines is a bastion of transportation, passing through the alluvial and coastal plains of the vast Bicol Valley and flowing directly into the Pacific Ocean. This program explores the eighth largest water basin of the country; 94 kilometers long and 6 meters above sea level, it is coastal flood plain heavily reliant on seasonal monsoon winds which determine the river''s tides. Locals celebrate the annual Peñafrancia Festival, a Catholic display of colorful revelries celebrating the Virgin Mary and the many miracles she has granted them. It is a huge water procession, where a statue of the Virgin, or Ina, is transported along the river and witnessed by thousands of Filipinos.