Devotee passes on father’s tradition to own children


MANILA, Philippines — She was only 11 years old when her father brought her to the procession of the Black Nazarene.

This time, it was Teresita Maligang dela Cruz’s turn to bring her own children, even her 8-year-old grandson, to a tradition that her father had passed on to her.

“Mga 30 kaming nandito ngayon [We are about 30 here],” 64-year-old dela Cruz said, referring to the family members who joined her this year.

She said she has been a devotee of the Black Nazarene, religiously joining the annual procession for the past 30 years now.

Unlike other devotees, however, Dela Cruz said her devotion was not because of a miracle that she or her family has received or not because she was asking for miracles from the Black Nazarene.

“Sa amin, pasasalamat lang talaga sa mga biyayang aming natatanggap [As far as we’re concerned, it’s simply thanks for the blessings],” she said.

“At kung magkakasakit man, ang dasal lang namin hindi yung mabibigat na problema gaya ng cancer [And if there is an illness in the family, we pray that it is not as bad as cancer],” she said.

Dela Cruz was among the many devotees, wearing maroon and yellow shirts, who gathered at the Liwasang Bonifacio Shrine near Manila City Hall as early as 6 a.m.

Police Superintendent Radel Ramos, head of the sub Alternate Command Post, said street vendors were the first to arrive at the Shrine at around 4 a.m., followed by medical and rescue teams an hour after.

Just under his command, Ramos said 100 policemen have been deployed at the Shrine.

Police personnel in civilian clothes were also deployed to protect the devotees from pickpockets and other petty crimes.

As of 7 a.m., Ramos said they have not received any report of untoward incidents.

Two personnel from the Department of Social Welfare and Development were also on the ground in case of any missing children.

Several replica images of the Black Nazarene either on top of a carroza, pick up cars, jeepneys and even a tricycle were on standby in front of the Shrine.

Fire trucks and an ambulance carrying the name and image of Manila Vice Mayor Isko Moreno were also parked at the Shrine in case of emergencies.

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  • Janch

    “Fire trucks and an ambulance carrying the name and image of Manila Vice Mayor Isko Moreno were also parked at the Shrine in case of emergencies.”

    Hindi talaga nawawala ang mga EPAL.

    • January

       Paano mawawala Janch kasi ang KAPAL na ng MUKHA eh,,dapat managot yan,imbestigahan sa senado. ang sagot naman yan ni Esko ,,diko alam yan kababayan,ang mga supporters lang ang nag lagay nyan….hehehehehe bulok na pamaraan

  • 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 firewooda god made by man misrepresenting the image of the true Living GOD who desires to be worship in spirit and in truththe 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

    • January

       F… Y.. you ask your Pastor, if he get plenty of Money during Election.

  • Olibo

    Like in the witchcraft, they pass the black magic ball to their own children before they pass away?

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