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    Posted January 9, 2011 by
    Manila, Philippines
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    The Black Nazarene Festival


    Manila Philippines – The Black Nazarene (Nuestro Padre Jesus Nazareno) came all the way from Mexico on board a galleon in May 31, 1606. a life size wooden sculpture of Jesus Christ carrying the cross. The Black Nazarene is currently enshrined in the minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene, also known as Quiapo Church. For 200 years now the Black Nazarene is carried to the streets in a procession known as the Festival of the Black Nazarene. It happens every 9th of January. It starts with a Novena mass on the first Friday of the year. This year the novena mass was held in the historic Luneta Grand Stand. The Holy Black Nazarene was transported to Luneta and is on its way back to Quiapo today. The Black Nazarene left Luneta Grand Stand at around 8am and took a very long journey through a sea of devotees. A scene that reminded me of the great People Power that toppled the Marcos administration. We believe that who ever touches the Black Nazarene will be cured of his illness and be forgiven for his sins. Many devotees throw towels and handkerchief to the people guarding the statue, and ask them to rub towels on the statue in the hope of carrying some of the powers with them.


    Today I witnessed the event up close and the mere sight of the Black Nazarene made me feel great and blessed.


    The procession ended 12 midnight Manila time. A number of devotees was reported injured because of stepping on a broken glass or a sharp object, since most of the devotees are not wearing any slippers or shoes during the procession. No death was reported this year, thanks to scattered rain shower, no one died of heat stroke.


    An estimated 1.7 million people witnessed and attended the Black Nazarene Festival

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