Feast of the Black Nazarene 2018 is held in honour of Jesus Christ of Nazarene located at the Minor Basilica in Quiapo, within the capital city.
The Black Nazarene is a huge statue which was carved to depict Jesus carrying the cross on the day of crucifixion. This iconic statue is popular with Filipinos, and is believed to possess the power of miraculous healing. It is little wonder that Feast of the Black Nazarene 2018 constitutes one of the largest processions in the Philippines.
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It is almost impossible to miss the fact that the participants are always barefoot. This is an act of humility and honour. Additionally, the men keep chanting ‘Viva Señor’. Locals and visitors in the vicinity of the procession attempt to touch the statue believing that this delivers miracles. The sheer number of people on the streets, however, makes this task quite hectic for the many participants in attendants.
It is amazing to think that that the Black Nazarene has a long history that dates back more than 200 years ago, with tales chronicling that missionaries brought the icon from Spain. The statue is housed in Quiapo at the Saint John the Baptist Church. The Feast of the Black Nazarene 2018 is a must-attend while in the City of Manila.