Devotees break down barricades to get close to Black Nazarene



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

MANILA, Philippines — Devotees of the Black Nazarene broke through the barricades at the Quirino Grandstand Wednesday.

Authorities were unable to stop the pilgrims from entering the secured area, as Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle led the 6 a.m. mass for the Feast of the Black Nazarene.

Police estimate that over 160,000 barefoot devotees were present at the Rizal Park to participate in the procession.

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  • John_Galt_II

    Ang daming magnanakaw at ibat ibang uri ng kriminal ang mga devotee ng black nazarene. Akala nila pag nagdasal sila sa itim na kahoy wala na silang kasalanan!

    • huseng_batute

       And are their shepherds nudging them into the right path?

      • Noel

        The flock does not even listen to the shepherd. 

  • Jeni

    ANd you call these people christians who don’t even know how to observe order, disregarding safety of others?  Devotees or fanatics?

  • Darwin

    Why don’t they just chop that piece of wood into a million pieces to be distributed to these devotees so they won’t have to go to that useless and motorist pasakit procession of theirs?

    • Tonypogi

      What seems to be a miracle is that few devotees know that the Black Nazarene icon at Quiapo isn’t the original one. An older version of this icon was donated to the Church at Roxas City. It seems, that instead of refurbishing they simply replace the icon with a new one whenever the paint or varnish gets worn out due to constant rubbing.

      Anyway, why does the Catholic Church encourages this practice which endangers people’s life and health? This is not faith but utter fanaticism. Maybe it is time for the church to make a sincere examination of its conscience with regards to its teachings for they seem to deviate from that of Jesus.

      “I am Yahweh your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourselves an idol, nor any image of anything that is in the heavens above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: you shall not bow yourself down to them, nor serve them, for I, Yahweh your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and on the fourth generation of those who hate me, and showing loving kindness to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.
      — Exodus 20:2-6 (WEB)”

  • Dan

    these devotees worship icons, its big business kasi, gustong gusto ng catholic church, ngunit labag na labag sa kuutusan ng Diyos

    • Noel

      Ganyan mga okasyon lang nakakaakit ng mga tao ang Simbahang Katolika.  Pakaunti ng pakaunti na ang nagsisimba ngayon maliban kung Pasko at Semana Santa.  Unang-una, walang kuwenta ang pinagsesermon ng mga Pari.

  • Dan

    catholic devotees are no different from PAGANS, am i right? say it isnt so,

    • Maria Dina E. Golosino

       Only God knows what is in the heart of these people, so who are you to question?

  • Homer Guo


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