Black Nazarene finally back inside Quiapo Church



MANILA, Philippines—After 22 hours, the Black Nazarene returned to its home at the Quiapo Church.

FACE OF THE BLACK NAZARENE A devotee touches the hand of the Black Nazarene inside Quiapo Church in Manila. Millions of devotees joined the procession of the Black Nazarene, a life-size wooden statue of Jesus Christ carved in Mexico and brought to the Philippines in the 17th century. RAFFY LERMA

The longest procession in the history of the feast of the Black Nazarene ended at around 6 a.m. Tuesday.

Complaints of devotees, driven to wait for several hours, were forgotten as the mulatto Christ was steered into Plaza Miranda at around 5:10 a.m. They started throwing towels and towelettes to the marshals atop the carriage as the procession stopped at the minor basilica’s doors.

A Mass will be held to conclude the religious event.

The procession left exhausted devotees on its wake as people who had kept vigil found their beds on sidewalks and elevated steps along the long traditional route.

The Black Nazarene’s return  could have been cut short at 10 p.m. Monday had devotees agreed to allow the main carriage to go through Villalobos Street from Carlos Palanca Street as the float descended Mac Arthur Bridge.

The Black Nazarene procession, which began at around 8 a.m. Monday, was delayed for several hours when the carriage bearing the image was stalled because its wheels broke.

Originally posted at 06:12 am | Tuesday, January 10, 2012

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  • Ashley Casas

     At least the devotees are saved from the terrorist threats. God’s mighty hand is still within this nation.

  • impending_raptor

    The devotees were not afraid of the terrorist threat,they are more afraid of people wearing barong and coat and tie from Malacanang.

  • CheapJ

    When did the Black Nazarene become mulatto?  

    • alice_in_chains

      who said?

  • baracena

    it’s no longer devotion…. it’s fanaticism…. filipinos like noy noy needs evangelization…. what we see in this years feast was more of fanatics….. they no longer show their devotion… better sad it’s pakitang tao na….. 

  • CoolFlowrDreamr

    thanks for the update, least I know that “He” was back at the Church “safe”.

  • CoolFlowrDreamr

    BTW, to the editor, kindly change the word “mulatto” because the Nazarene is not. Mulatto, as define is “a person with one white parent and one black parent.”.. Calling Him Black Nazarene will be fine..

    • alice_in_chains

      i thought it was a charred image? author may want to use the friendly google to help her in her research.

    • vargassantiago24



    The parish priest of Quiapo church was asking the Nazarene devotees to exercise discipline last night and to avoid throwing garbage anywhere they please. My question is……how can you exact discipline from a crowd that has turned into a mob and many of whom cannot distinguish “discipline” from “disciple”?  
    The term “discipline” to many of the devotees is as strange as math in school. They rarely practice “discipline” at home. They throw garbage anywhere. Drink each night in dark alleys, maltreat their children and wife more in drunken stupor…etc.
    The term “disciple” refers to one “who receives instruction from another; a scholar; a learner; especially, a follower who has learned to believe in the truth of the doctrine of his teacher; an adherent in doctrine; as, the disciples of Plato; the disciples of our Savior.” They represent themselves as disciple of the Black Nazarene. Yet they hardly behave as one….as religious devotees exemplarily following the teachings of Christ.
    Last night showed the Nazarene crowd openly defying church authorities and the police and dirtying the streets.
    God does not inspire chaos, filth and utter disregard for other people’s welfare.
    God inspires order and discipline and respect for authority.

  • ג’ון אלווין

    it simply showed how selfish Filipinos are. literally stepping unto others


    Let us call a spade a spade without fear or favour.
    The procession of the Black Nazarene has deteriorated into a procession participated in by fanatics, false believers, street criminals and an undisciplined throng of sadists and opportunists who does not care about hurting  other people,  flaunting their wild behaviour for the world to see or what God will say about their misplaced devotion and barbaric behaviour.
    Satan must be smiling or guffawing. “My flock is growing without much trying!”

    • john0831

      yan ang nakakalungkot. hindi na iginagalang ngayon ang prusisyon ng Mahal na Poon. iba na ang pagtingin ng mga baguhan na “mananampalataya” sa taunang prusisyon na ito

  • vargassantiago24

    kung may mollato na nazarene meron din kayang albino? ahahahaha

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