The Black Nazarene

Every January 09 is a celebration of Black Nazarene; they will celebrate it through procession of the statue. The said statue was bought in Mexico and brought to Manila in 1606. The procession of the life-sized Black Nazarene statue started on 1998 after the many damages that inflicted to it.

The replica survived from the big fire that destroyed the Quiapo church in 1791 and 1929, the great earthquake and the bombings during World War II on 1945. The image was believed to be a miraculous one, whoever who is sick and got the chance to get near and touch the replica was reported healed miraculously. There are others who throw towels to the people who guarded the statue while it was in carriage to be paraded in the street to receive somehow a miracle. And after they rubbed the towel to the image the guards would throw it back to the owner to be kept.

If you would like to march and join the people in the street for the event, you should walk with barefoot together with the devotees. If some people didn’t get the chance to touch nor to throw a towel to be rubbed on the face of the Black Nazarene Statue, many people will try to at least hold the rope, which held the carriage where the Black Nazarene Statue was place. The area where the statue was paraded gets too crowded that it would perhaps lead to a stampede. Some were not able to survived and passed out during the event.

The Philippines as the only country in Asia where Roman Catholic has the biggest population, Filipinos devotion to Black Nazarene never ceases every year even though some died or was injured because of the event.

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One Response to “The Black Nazarene”

  1. Gee says:

    yeah…saw it on tv lastnyt…grabe…how people can do such thing…murag ako pa lang makita, malipong nako…

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