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Every January 9th of the year, millions of Catholics flock to Quiapo to celebrate the Feast of the Black Nazarene. In four years I was there thrice to document atleast a thousand of these devotees. And I promise to shoot more next year.

The Nazareno is a life-size Mulatto sculpture of Jesus Christ housed at the Quaipo Church. Carved by an unknown Mexican carpenter, it was brought by a Spanish priest to the Philippines on 17th century via a ship. The ship caught on fire and burnt the image. it even survived few more tragedies after that – earthquakes, fire, and World War II bombing.

Devotees believe that it is miraculous, every Friday they go to the church to say thanks and pray an a part of their 9 Day Devotion (Novena). Plenty of them had actually received or experienced miracles like healing and surviving un-treatable diseases.

And on the feast day, the church brings out the image for a procession. Millions of barefoot people gather around the street to have a glimpse of the miraculous image of Jesus Christ, waving their white towels and shouting “Viva Senor!” and some tug the rope that attached to the carriage carrying the Nazareno.

I brought four cameras on my first time shooting the fiesta – LC-A+, Holga, Fisheye 2 and Supersampler. The Supersampler was perfect for the action and moving shots.

My second year wasn’t that good. I only brought my LC-A+ and Diana F+, but my LC-A+ died after 15 shots.

This year I chose to shoot the event entirely on black and white! I used Kodak BWCN400 and two rolls of T-Max400.

written by icuresick


  1. willyboy


    Jesus lucked out eh?

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  2. novakmisi


    nice concept !!!

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  3. seaing


    This is so amazing!

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  4. jcgepte


    awesome shots!

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  5. susielomovitz


    amazing shots! thanks for this document.

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  6. tallgrrlrocks


    Ang ganda lahat! The BW photos are especially touching. :') Bravo!

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  7. icuresick


    Thank you guys! :)

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  8. superlighter


    Fantastic photo reportage! this year B&W is my fave! Bravo @icuresick!

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