Black Nazarene Festivities 2016
A few scenes earlier...

The Black Nazarene passing by the National Museum of the Philippines

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The replica procession last January 7

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From a Facebook post that I saw...

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El GRAN PODER DE MANILA - "El Viejo Imagen" de Nuestro Padre Jesús Nazareno de Recoletos

The original Nazareno de Recoletos before the great doors of la Iglesia de San Nicolas de Tolentino, Intramuros.

Before the fame of the Black Nazarene of Quiapo, which is in fact a replica sent from Mexico during the 18th century, there was an older image originally enshrined in one of the altars of the Church of San Nicolas de Tolentino in Intramuros.

The Nazareno de Recoletos was the oldest image of Christ with the Cross in the Philippines and drew a polite crowd, in contrast with the rowdier cult of the Quiapo Nazareno.

This is the Nazareno of the glorious Manila of old, housed inside the walls of the Spanish City venerated for more than 300 years by the Damas y Caballeros, the Manila gentry.

This image of the Nazareno was vested with precious robes and adorned with jewels; it wore silver sandals, and on his head were gold potencias con incrustaciones de diamantes and a golden corona de espinas.

Unfortunately, this venerable Intramuros image was destroyed during the Liberation of Manila in 1945, while Quiapo’s miraculous image of the Black Nazareno, object of devotion of the masses, survived.

The tradition of the "Traslacion", celebrated every 9th of January, originated when the replica image from Mexico was transferred to the Church of Quiapo (Iglesia de San Juan Bautista) by orders from the Archbishop of Manila, Basilio Sancho de Santas Justa y Rufina.

Our Lady waiting...

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Many years ago, the image of the Black Nazarene was shot by a bullet by one member of the Iglesia ni Cristo (lit. "Church of Christ", a sect founded in 1917 by Felix Y. Manalo). The mark persists to this very day.

The fate of the shooter is very gruesome. He died in a stampede.

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The "Dungaw" is now happening :)

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The MIRATA (or "dungaw")
The start of the procession is already inside the church

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The doors have been closed:

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A Holy Hour:

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On a side note, I think the longest duration for the procession was about 22 hours, in 2012, I think.

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