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    Timeless Devotion

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Photographer MarloCueto was in Manila, capital of the Philippines, to witness the remarkable procession honoring the statue known as the Black Nazarene. The statue of Jesus Christ is thought to have been singed by fire while being transported to the Philippines by a Mexican ship in the 17th Century. It is borne through the streets of the city on certain occasions throughout the year, sparking scenes of intense devotion from the city's largely Catholic residents. "People will come to take a glimpse of the image, give reverence ... touch it and wipe their white handkerchiefs [on it] which is believed by millions to be miraculous," he said. "I have been witnessing the procession since 2009, and the feeling was great. I felt blessed and touched by the Black Nazarene as I silently pray, thank Him and offered my petitions as it passes in front of me."
    - sarahbrowngb, CNN iReport producer

    Hundreds of thousands of Filipino devotees from different walks of life joined the annual Translacion, the procession of the image of the Black Nazarene from Quirino Grandstand to the Minor Basilica in Quiapo Manila on its feast day, January 9, 2014.

    The tradition has been practiced for decades participated by many Filipinos who have unending devotion to the Jesus of the Black Nazarene. The life-sized dark wooden image of Jesus Christ brought by the Spaniards in 1600 is believed to be miraculous granting the prayers of the million devotees.

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