Saturday, March 26, 2011

Black Nazarene of Quiapo

I am not a Catholic but I got curious about the Black Nazarene of Quiapo when I found out that it would be visiting the town church here at Pililla, Rizal.

Yearly, I would watch the feast of the Black Nazarene on tube and how big of a deal it is to a lot of devoted Catholics. It is said to be one of the most spectacular religious event in the Philippine history and culture. Thousands of devotees would go to Quiapo, Manila every January to take part of the procession to strengthen their faith and as part of their vow to the Lord. The statue is said to be brought in the Philippines by the Spaniards around 1607 but it got caught in a fire, reason for it being black. They decided to preserve it and since then it was said to have been bringing miracles to the people. It's amazing to watch these people how they look up to this statue. I'm not going to share my beliefs here as I'm blogging this to share my experience. 

I wasn't expecting it to be as chaotic as what I've seen on TV since our place is a province. Thank God, it was a bit pleasant. Huge crowd came to welcome the statue. It wasn't all male on the crowd but a mix. A little pushing I saw and felt too but nothing major. I was 5 ft. away from it and my eyes and camera were busy observing the event. I did not feel anything as I am not a believer of it. I just watched towels and handkerchiefs being thrown at the men protecting the Black Nazarene. They would wipe it on the statue and would throw it back. It's part of that miracle they believe in. Then the Black Nazarene went inside the church and the people started shouting "Viva Senor" then there was music and fireworks. There were too many people so I did not bother to go inside. Good thing the weather was perfect. Sunny and windy.   

Church in Pililla, Rizal


Pililla church

The Mary Magdalene statue


waiting for his white handkerfchief while it's being wiped on the statue




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