Tight security earns ire of devotees at Rizal Park


Devotees trying to get past barricades at Quirino Grandstand. KAREN BONCOCAN/INQUIRER.net

MANILA, Philippines —Tight security has riled devotees trying to enter the secured area of the Quirino Grandstand for the Feast of the Black Nazarene Wednesday.

Entrance to the Quirino Grandstand has been barricaded this year for added security and marshals are having a hard time turning away devotees insisting on hearing the 6 a.m. mass before the procession starts.

Marshals had to shout at those trying to get past the barriers by force and at one point, devotees tried to climb over or crawl under the barriers.

One of the women devotees in the area said that last year’s procession had been better as there were no barricades preventing them from sitting near the grandstand.

Police officials said that roughly 160,000 barefoot devotees have turned up at the Rizal Park for the feast of the Black Nazarene.

Chief Superintendent Leonardo Espina, chief of the National Capital Region Police Office, relayed the crowd estimate from the Manila Police District and said that no injuries have so far been reported.

Chief Superintendent Alex Gutierrez, MPD chief, said their officers have fanned out the Rizal Park grounds to ensure a peaceful procession later.

Police officers made inspections in packs, circling many devotees, some of whom spent the night at the park for a chance to take part in the traslacion (transfer) of the life-sized sculpture of Jesus Christ believed to be miraculous by many Catholics.

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  • rauloreto

    well what can you expect from filipino character of being complainants, especially when they are thinking that they are special because they are devotees, and they need  special privilege. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GURBWYA3AIXC22EF6E6HIHRNQE Ornbort Vortingeresdemesus

      it’s called tradition. filipinos ARE special. don’t you think you are special yourself?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

    Taon-taon na lang ay malaking puwerwisyo ang idinudulot ng Pista ng Itim na Nazareno.  Hindi sa pinipintasan o inaatake ko ang mga deboto pero parang hindi ganyan ang utos ng Diyos.  Hindi pa man tapos ang Misa ay sinira na ang barikada at nagtutulakan.  Ilan sa kanila ang talagang nakinig sa Misa or mga aral ng Diyos.  May tumatalon at lumulusob sa Krus na parang mga unggoy at nagsisihulog.  Nakakatawa pa ang mga dahilan kung bakit sila nagpapanata.  Ang dahilan ng iba ay para gumaling ang kanilang mga karamdaman.  Kung tutuusin, kailangan pa bang magpakapanatiko ang isang may diabetes at high blood?  Simple diet at exercise lang puwede na.  May nagsasabing gusto nilang mas yumaman pa.  Puro mga walang katuturang dahilan.  Kahit bawal, sagana na naman ang mga tindero at vendors.  Mga bagong T-shirts o mga natira noong nakaraang taon.  Mga estatuwa at mga medalya ng Santo ang ibinibenta.  Mga pagkain o anu-ano pa.  Naging parang isang malaking palengke.  Tuloy naghihinala ang mga tao na baka may parte sa kita ang Simbahan dito

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GURBWYA3AIXC22EF6E6HIHRNQE Ornbort Vortingeresdemesus

      sadly there are excesses. i just hope it’s not someone as self righteous as you who would discipline them. you remind me of Savonarola. 

    • batangpaslit

      i don’t mind the festivities
      but i do mind the gross deception of perpetuating in worshipping an idol—-a false god.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GURBWYA3AIXC22EF6E6HIHRNQE Ornbort Vortingeresdemesus

        have you ever kissed your girlfriend’s picture? (or your boyfriend’s?) no. someone as intolerant as you could not be gay. don’t you like holding your mom or dad’s picture close to you when they are away?

  • http://www.dafk.net/what/ Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

    I got a solution.

    1. Let it be a week long celebration.
      1.a Have mass every day of that week, so as to dilute the number of people at any one given time.
      1.b Have a procession every day of that week. Different routes, extended 10km each route.
      1.c Have designated areas according to surname where people may stay during the procession, de-congest areas.
    2. Before the week long celebrations, let the Black Nazarene do ‘visitas’ on various chapels across Manila, that way, local residents who cannot join the actual week long celebrations because of the transient worshipers can get a chance to be with the Nazarene.
    3. After the week long celebrations, let the Black Nazarene travel to other places far from Manila.
      3.a So that other devotees need not travel to Manila.
      3.b So that there wont be any trouble in Manila after the celebrations, since the object of their devotion is no longer there.

    4.Inviting ‘authorities’ feel like dampening the celebrations preventing people from getting to their objectives. Perhaps by spreading the time allotted during the celebrations it would not feel as constricting as it is now.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

      You can just imagine how much money are spent in such useless Fiestas.  After every Catholic event, the streets are full of garbage and the Catholics become poorer.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GURBWYA3AIXC22EF6E6HIHRNQE Ornbort Vortingeresdemesus

        so what do you do for fun? lighten up a little. 

      • http://www.dafk.net/what/ Kilabot ng mga Balahibo


        All for the Catholic devotees good time. Besides, people spending is good for the economy.

        If you rationalize things like celebrations, who would want to celebrate every time one gets 1 year older, dba?

  • batangpaslit

    why are the people worshipping a wooden idol—a false god?
    a god, carved out from wood with human image, with ears but could not hear?
    with feet but could not walk; with eyes but could not see?
    why are Filipinos worsipping a graven image of god carved out from log, which shavings are thrown into the garbage, or used as firewood
    a god made by man misrepresenting the image of the true Living GOD who desires to be worship in spirit and in truth
    the Scriptures say GOD must be worship in the spirit and in truth. Jesus Christ is the Truth.
    true Christians do not walk by sight, but walks by faith

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GURBWYA3AIXC22EF6E6HIHRNQE Ornbort Vortingeresdemesus

      *walk by faith

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