Earlier the rites were preceded by the thanksgiving mass and the blessing of 12 basic products of the city by Rev. Father Armando Inion.
Fr. Frances Ledesma who officiated the thanksgiving mass centered his sermon on the four important things the occasion like Pasalamat Festival should be. He said that to serve God is to thank Him of what He has blessed everyone.
He said what the people actually achieve and fulfill in a thanksgiving is like reaching the "heaven", being grateful to "Emmanuel", taking the opportunity as a "mission", and making a difference.