Devotees from all walks of life gather to fulfill their vows to the Black Nazarene—walking barefoot and touching the statue for good health, peace and deliverance from calamities. This is an experience me and my LC-A wont miss.
Quiapo is a district in Manila, Philippines known for its cheap prices on stuff ranging from electronics, bicycles, cameras, pirated DVD’s, to vegetables and native handicrafts.
But Quiapo is also famous for the Feast of the Black Nazarene where thousands of devotees from all walks of life parade through the streets barefooted to fulfill their vows or “panata” to the Lord. They believe that through enduring faith, there will be peace, harmony, good health and deliverance from calamities as they shout “Viva Senor”. It was called the Black Nazarene because when the statue was brought to Manila in 1607 by a Spanish priest, the ship caught fire and burned the statue. Since then, miraculous events have been reported to those who touch the image.
This is one of the biggest Catholic gathering here and is celebrated every 9th of January. The streets is filled with not just the devotees but also the street vendors, which occupies the most street space, news reporters and photographers, policemen, local politicians and even the faith healers and fortune tellers. Really a cool subject for my LC-A.
The Filipinos’ devotion to the Black Nazarene is a long time practice and for the longest time, only now that I got a chance to document this event. Truly an experience worth a lomo shot.