Etravel Pilipinas Header
Etravel Pilipinas Home
Etravel Philippines Hotels and Resorts
Etravel Philippines Events and Festivals
Etravel Philippines Travel and Destinations
Etravel Philippines Travel Tips
Etravel Philippines Rediscover
Etravel Philippines Tourism News
  Diving Sites  |  Surfing Sites  | Adventure Travel  |  Philippine Breaking News
 
Philippine Fiesta: Feast of Black Nazarene
 
Feast of Black Nazarene - Philippine Festival The Black Nazarene Quiapo Church in Manila - The Black Nazarene
 

Every January 9 at Quiapo Church in Manila, The Black Nazarene, a life-sized statue of Christ is carried through town by barefooted men yelling, "Viva Seņor, while huge crowd tries to touch the statue. Every year thousands of devotees from all walks of life come to the district of Quiapo to take part in the procession as a way of strengthening their faith or fulfilling their "panata" (vow) to Lord.

The statue is placed in a gilded carriage for the procession. As the procession starts, procession participants garbed in maroon tops grab two long ropes and pull it to make the carriage move. Many will attempt to touch the image while some throw their handkerchiefs and towels in the air. People who join in the procession walk barefooted as a sign of humility.

The devotion to the Black Nazarene is long time practice of the Filipino Catholics and they believe that through their faith with Jesus Christ, there will be peace and harmony among families, long life and good health among people, deliverance from all calamities and disasters, and prosperity, joy and love among nations.

The statue is made from a particular dark hardwood and arrived on a galleon ship from Mexico in 1606. Since 1787 the statue has been housed at Saint John the Baptist Church in Quiapo also known as the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene. In 1998, a replica of the original Black Nazarene was first paraded due to the repeated damages on the statue. Today this replica is still used in processions while the original rests inside the church.

 
 
 

Philippine Fiestas in the Provinces

  >> Cebu   >> Iloilo   >> Negros   >> Bohol
  >> Palawan   >> Davao    
 
 
 
 
 

Home  |  Terms of Agreement  |  Privacy Statement  |  Contact Us