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Quiapo parish priest saddened by death of 2 Black Nazarene devotees

/ 07:18 PM January 09, 2016
 BRIDGE OF FAITH. The carriage of the Black Nazarene with sea of devotees crosses Jones Bridge in Manila during the 'Traslacion'. INQUIRER PHOTO / RICHARD A. REYES


BRIDGE OF FAITH. The carriage of the Black Nazarene with sea of devotees crosses Jones Bridge in Manila during the ‘Traslacion’. INQUIRER PHOTO / RICHARD A. REYES

The Quiapo Church on Saturday expressed sadness and sympathy over the reported deaths of two people during the feast of the Black Nazarene.

Quiapo rector and parish priest Msgr. Hernando Coronel said he was “very sad“ over the passing of 58-year-old Mauro Arabit and 27-year-old Alex Fulyedo.

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“Kami po ay nalulungkot at nakikisimpatya sa mga nawalan ng mahal sa buhay. This pains us,” Coronel told reporters in a press briefing.

“I will personally go to the burial and get in touch with the families. Lahat ng possible assistance na magagawa natin, gagawin natin,” he said, adding that the parish will extend financial assistance if needed.

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Arabit of Binangonan, Rizal, a candle vendor, died due to acute coronary syndrome on Evangelistra Street even before the start of traslacion at the early hours of Saturday.

Fulyedo, meanwhile, collapsed at 11:30 a.m. after suffering seizure and cardiac arrest.

Coronel said Fulyedo’s companion flagged an ambulance passing under the Light Rail Transit near SM Manila.

READ: Black Nazarene devotee found dead near Manila City Hall

Responders tried to revive Fulyedo through CPR, but he was pronounced dead on arrival at Ospital ng Maynila at 12:44 p.m.

The rector said Fulyedo was diagnosed with chronic liver disease at Jose Reyes Medical Center two years ago.

As of writing, there has been no report of a devotee who died while still part of the procession of the 400-year-old ebony statue of the cross-bearing Christ.

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Last year, two devotees died during the traslacion, including a member of the Hijos del Nazareno, who escort the religious icon from Luneta to Quiapo Church. IDL

BACKSTORY: 2 dead, 2 hurt by electric shock in 19-hour Black Nazarene ‘traslacion’

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