Feast Of Black Nazarene|Viva Señor Nazareno!

On January 9th of 2012, I was very fortunate to witness the most spectacular religious events in the history of the Philippines. Ivan and Ian joined me in this event. The event was considered the longest procession ever in the Philippine history . It took 22 hours to bring the Black Nazarene from Quirino Grandstand to Quiapo Church. The procession  began at around 8 a.m. Monday and finished at around 6 a.m. The parade was interrupted beacause the wheels of the carriage carrying the Black Nazarene broke and one of the ropes used to pull it  snapped.

BLACK NAZARENE

Once per calendar year , thousands of devotees and millions of spectators gather to take part in a long procession to strengthen their faith and to complete their vows to the Lord.

The Nazarene or commonly known as the Black Nazarene is the patron saint of Quiapo. A small district and a city square of Manila and referred as Old downtown. Quiapo is also home to a Muslim population in the city of Manila.

The Black Nazarene is a life-sized statue of Christ carrying a cross. It was brought to Manila, Philippines in year 1606. The statue has been housed at the Saint John De Baptist Church in Quiapo, Manila and commonly known as the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene since 1787.

A spanish priest brought the statue to Manila in 1607 on a ship. The ship caught fire and the image of the statue was burnt. The actual image was burnt and the people has made a decision to preserve it. Miraculous things happened since then.

The religious celebration begins when the huge door of Quiapo church opens and when the image of the Black Nazarene is within visibility. Devotees start screaming “Viva Senor” while the others wave their towels up in the air.

As soon as the procession starts , devotees grab long ropes and pull it to move. Most people attempt to touch the statue while the rest throw their towels in the air. One thing I also noticed , People joining the procession walk barefooted as a sign of respect.

The procession passes through the streets of Manila. And the scenes I have witnessed were shocking. For first timer like me, I was literally struck with overwhelming shock , amazement filled with sudden fright. I was taking photographs along Padre Burgos , aghast as the people moves forward. The Black Nazarene carosa only stops depending on how people have been pulling the ropes at the front.

This practice has been observed for many years by the Filipino Catholics. And I strongly believe that with their faith with Jesus Christ will bring Peace , good health , good life , happiness , prosperity and love.

For many years, the statue has been placed on a gilded carriage | carosa . People from different walks of life come here to get a chance to get close enough to see the image or receive blessings or miracles. A replica of the original Black Nazarene is used and paraded on the street and the original stays inside the church.

BLACK NAZARENE

Feast of Black Nazarene

Feast of Black Nazarene

Feast of Black Nazarene

Feast of Black Nazarene

 I am not dead, obviously, and I am bringing more stories about this experience, so stay tuned! 

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  • disqus_FTBUSlf7Ox

    wag ka rin mangungumpisal sa pari.. kalokohan yun…. diretso kang dumalangin sa DIOs… there is no such thing as KAHALILI ng DIOS ang PaRE

  • disqus_FTBUSlf7Ox

    tumawag ka sa Dios sa pamamagitan ni JesuCristo…..yun lang at wala ng ibang mga santo..

  • disqus_FTBUSlf7Ox

    parang senaryo yan sa paanan ng bundok sinai, samantalang si Moses ay kausap ng Dios, nagpipista ang mag tao sa baba, sinasamba ang rebultong ginawa nila…

  • disqus_FTBUSlf7Ox

    NAKAKAAWA ANG MGA DEBOTONG YAN… SINASAMBA NILA ANG MGA INANYUANG LARAWAN… SILA’Y MGA MANGMANG SA HARAPAN NG DIYOS… HINDI KASI NILA BINUBULAY ANG BIBLIYA SA LOOB NG SIMBAHAN… KASI KAPAG BINULAY NILA, MALALAMAN NG MGA KATOLIKO NA LIKONG LIKO ANG KANILANG PANANAMPALATAYA.

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  • jake

    PLEAAAASSSSE LANG PO TIGILAN NA NINYO ANG PAGSAMBA SA DIYOSDIYOSANG KAHOY NA YAN HA GUSTO NYO BANG ITAPON KAYO NG PANGINOONG DIYOS SA IMPYIERNO? KAWAWA KAYO KAYA mula ngayon kayo mismo ang mag basa ng bibliya para mapatunayan ninyo na mali silang mga pari

  • jake

    Mga hangal kayong mga tao bakit kayo sumasamba sa rebulto yan ang walang kwentang katuruan ng mga pareng ito o katoliko kc hindi nila binabasa sa harap ninyo ang banal na aklat papatayin kayo ng mga yan dahil kasama kayong paparusahan ng diyos sa impyierno kayong sumasamba sa diyos diyosang kahoy itigil na ninyo ang mga yan walang kwenta sapagkat ang diyos ay buhay kaya sambahin natin siya sa espirito sapagkat hindi siya nakikita basahin natin

    Deuteronomio 5:     7 ” ‘Huwag kang sasamba sa ibang diyos, maliban sa akin.

                   8 ” ‘Huwag kang gagawa ng diyus-diyosang imahen ng anumang nilalang na nasa langit, nasa lupa, o nasa tubig upang sambahin. 9 Huwag mo silang yuyukuran ni sasambahin sapagkat akong si Yahweh na iyong Diyos ay mapanibughuing Diyos. Ang kasalanan ng mga magulang ay sinisingil ko sa kanilang mga anak hanggang sa ikatlo at ikaapat na salinlahi.
    2 Hari 17:     41 Sumamba nga sila kay Yahweh ngunit sumamba rin sila sa kanilang mga diyus-diyosan. Hanggang ngayo’y ganoon pa rin ang kanilang ginagawa maging ng kanilang mga kaapu-apuhan.
    Jeremias 10: 3 Ang dinidiyos nila’y hindi maaasahan.
    Isang punongkahoy na pinutol sa gubat,
    inanyuan ng mga dalubhasang kamay,

    4 at pinalamutian ng ginto at pilak.
    Idinikit at pinakuan upang hindi mabuwal.

    5 Ang mga diyus-diyosang ito’y
    tulad sa panakot ng ibon sa gitna ng bukid, hindi nakakapagsalita;
    pinapasan pa sila sapagkat hindi nakakalakad.
    Huwag kayong matakot sa kanila
    sapagkat hindi sila makakagawa ng masama,
    at wala ring magagawang mabuti.”8 Silang lahat ay pawang hangal at mangmang.
    Ano ang maituturo sa kanila ng mga diyus-diyosang kahoy?

    9 Ang kanilang diyus-diyosa’y
    binalutan ng pilak na galing sa Tarsis,
    at ng gintong mula sa Upaz,
    ginawang lahat ng mahuhusay na kamay;
    pagkatapos ay binihisan ng kulay ube at pula
    na hinabi naman ng manghahabing sanay.14 Sa harapan niya ang bawat tao’y mistulang mangmang;
    malalagay sa kahihiyan bawat panday
    sapagkat ang ginawa nilang mga diyus-diyosan
    ay hindi totoo at walang buhay.

    15 Sila’y walang silbi sapagkat likha lamang ng pandaraya;
    wawasakin silang lahat ni Yahweh.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1068321648 Tess Torrecampo-Chancellor

    I am not a catholic so I don’t believe on these idolatry. It is written in the Bible pero marami pa rin ang nag iidolize sa mga rebulto dahil sa religious believe na sinimulan ng simbahang katoliko na naging tradition. I pray straight to God,anywhere and anytime ng hindi kailangang magmemorize ng rosary  or  repitition of prayer. .but may kanya kanyang paniniwala ang tao and I don’t intend to argue.IMHO.

  • http://profiles.google.com/elal.lasola Elal Jane Lasola

    Parang gusto ko tuloy makita to next year. Natatakot pa kasi ako sa mga very crowded events sa MNL eh. Great pics btw :)

    • http://www.juanderfulpinoy.com Juanderfulpinoy.com| Chinchan

      Thanks Elal , actually i was scared too. Pero kakaiba pala yung experience when you are there witnessing the biggest religious events in the country .

    • http://www.juanderfulpinoy.com Juanderfulpinoy.com| Chinchan

      Thanks Elal , actually i was scared too. Pero kakaiba pala yung experience when you are there witnessing the biggest religious events in the country .

  • http://www.vankaizer.com/ Henry

    Ung dalawang Tita ko nakakaangat sa Buhay pumunta pa rin ng Quiapo para magsimba kht alam nila sobra siksikan. Yung mga pumunta sa Fiesta ng Black Nazarene malakas ang pananalig, impressive talaga dahil sobra hirap ng sitwasyon dun.

    • http://www.juanderfulpinoy.com Juanderfulpinoy.com| Chinchan

      Well sana swertehen din ako this year. I pray.=)

  • http://www.vankaizer.com/ Henry

    Ung dalawang Tita ko nakakaangat sa Buhay pumunta pa rin ng Quiapo para magsimba kht alam nila sobra siksikan. Yung mga pumunta sa Fiesta ng Black Nazarene malakas ang pananalig, impressive talaga dahil sobra hirap ng sitwasyon dun.

    • http://www.juanderfulpinoy.com Juanderfulpinoy.com| Chinchan

      Well sana swertehen din ako this year. I pray.=)

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  • http://twitter.com/DocWends Wendell Glenn Cagape

    love the photos and of course the write ups. Sana i can take photos of this one next year na! 

    • http://www.juanderfulpinoy.com Juanderfulpinoy.com| Chinchan

      Doc wends, We intend to join again next year sarap ng feeling. I also made a wish. =)

  • http://twitter.com/DocWends Wendell Glenn Cagape

    love the photos and of course the write ups. Sana i can take photos of this one next year na! 

    • http://www.juanderfulpinoy.com Juanderfulpinoy.com| Chinchan

      Doc wends, We intend to join again next year sarap ng feeling. I also made a wish. =)

  • http://habagatcentral.com/ Berniemack Arellano

    The longest procession in recent history. I may be a bit skeptical personally but despite the terror warnings, “The Crowd Overcame Fear with Faith.”

    • http://www.juanderfulpinoy.com Juanderfulpinoy.com| Chinchan

      We were actually expecting that to happen. We were given a headsup already and I started to give up  because it was getting dark already. Good thing We had patience and waited for the final moment. Sarap ng feeling pala.

  • http://habagatcentral.com/ Berniemack Arellano

    The longest procession in recent history. I may be a bit skeptical personally but despite the terror warnings, “The Crowd Overcame Fear with Faith.”

    • http://www.juanderfulpinoy.com Juanderfulpinoy.com| Chinchan

      We were actually expecting that to happen. We were given a headsup already and I started to give up  because it was getting dark already. Good thing We had patience and waited for the final moment. Sarap ng feeling pala.

  • http://www.senyorita.net/ Micamyx|Senyorita

    Wow talagang bilib ako sa mga deboto! Seen a number of movies and documentaries depicting the lives of the devotees and iba talaga ang lakas ng faith nila. I want to witness this din soon. For some reason, si Noli de Castro naaalala ko na isa sa mga devotees noon hehe

    • http://www.juanderfulpinoy.com Juanderfulpinoy.com| Chinchan

      I was expecting Noli De Castro to be around and other prominent personalities. =) Naghunger strike kami nila Ivan at Ian haha.

  • http://www.senyorita.net/ Micamyx|Senyorita

    Wow talagang bilib ako sa mga deboto! Seen a number of movies and documentaries depicting the lives of the devotees and iba talaga ang lakas ng faith nila. I want to witness this din soon. For some reason, si Noli de Castro naaalala ko na isa sa mga devotees noon hehe

    • http://www.juanderfulpinoy.com Juanderfulpinoy.com| Chinchan

      I was expecting Noli De Castro to be around and other prominent personalities. =) Naghunger strike kami nila Ivan at Ian haha.

  • http://www.brownmantrips.com ian dela pena

    told you we should have just went home that night and came back by 6am! lolz…. umaga na daw nakabalik ang senyor…. just kidding!
    We should do this again next year but hopefully it wouldn’t be that hard. although i would say that the sacrifice is all worth it, waiting for the senyor to pass by in front of us for 11 hours with little food and water and no access to a bathroom. Indeed this is an event that everyone should participate at be it as an observer or a devotee. =)

    • http://www.juanderfulpinoy.com Juanderfulpinoy.com| Chinchan

      I was contemplating on leaving before 5pm because I knew I would not be able to take good photos. I noticed some photographers left already . But it was a wise decision not to leave that early otherwise I did not get to see what Ivan was saying. May kilabot factor daw na magaganap. Well I guess that’s true. I was really struck with amazement and shock, Extreme yung feeling. Nakakakilabot. I learned something and basta maganda ang experience na yun sa akin. Even we stayed for eleven hours I did not mind. We did not take our lunch but all worth it. I had a great time with you guys. I was really weak na at 5pm and I felt excited na when people started waving their white towels. –

  • http://www.brownmantrips.com ian dela pena

    told you we should have just went home that night and came back by 6am! lolz…. umaga na daw nakabalik ang senyor…. just kidding!
    We should do this again next year but hopefully it wouldn’t be that hard. although i would say that the sacrifice is all worth it, waiting for the senyor to pass by in front of us for 11 hours with little food and water and no access to a bathroom. Indeed this is an event that everyone should participate at be it as an observer or a devotee. =)

    • http://www.juanderfulpinoy.com Juanderfulpinoy.com| Chinchan

      I was contemplating on leaving before 5pm because I knew I would not be able to take good photos. I noticed some photographers left already . But it was a wise decision not to leave that early otherwise I did not get to see what Ivan was saying. May kilabot factor daw na magaganap. Well I guess that’s true. I was really struck with amazement and shock, Extreme yung feeling. Nakakakilabot. I learned something and basta maganda ang experience na yun sa akin. Even we stayed for eleven hours I did not mind. We did not take our lunch but all worth it. I had a great time with you guys. I was really weak na at 5pm and I felt excited na when people started waving their white towels. –

  • http://twitter.com/renzybenzy RM Bulseco

    Grabeeeee bilib na bilib talaga ako sa mga deboto ng Nazareno!

    • http://www.juanderfulpinoy.com Juanderfulpinoy.com| Chinchan

      i agree with you and I intend to be part of that event again next year

  • http://twitter.com/renzybenzy RM Bulseco

    Grabeeeee bilib na bilib talaga ako sa mga deboto ng Nazareno!

    • http://www.juanderfulpinoy.com Juanderfulpinoy.com| Chinchan

      i agree with you and I intend to be part of that event again next year