Viva Señor Jesus Nazareno!

Devotees cover the streets leading to Quiapo Church

January 9, a non-working holiday in Manila, is the feast day of the Black Nazarene. And this year, 2023, will be the third time that the much-awaited celebration will not include the Traslación—the yearly procession of the life-sized statue of Christ carrying a black cross, slowly making its way along the streets of Quiapo amid multitudes of the faithful.

Inside and outside the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene, also known canonically as the Parish of St. John The Baptist, hundreds of thousands of devotees had come to pray.

Masses were held by the hour. And by early Sunday, devotees attended the Walk of Faith from Quirino Grandstand to Quiapo Church.

At the end of the day, more than half a million people had actively expressed their faith.

And as the month of January comes to an end, these photos remind us that no pandemic or misfortune can douse the Filipino’s devotion to the Black Nazarene.

The sick, the disabled, the elderly, and simple folk listen to the holy mass from a distance
Riding a motorcycle, a devotee wears the image of the Black Nazarene as he cruises a Quiapo side street
A replica of the Black Nazarene and a handkerchief is raised to the sky as the final blessings of a holy mass is heard through church loudspeakers
Wearing a face mask, a devotee carries above her head a statue of the Black Nazarene
Drum and bugle play to celebrate the Feast of the Black Nazarene


Bernard Testa
Bernard Testa
Bernard Testa photographs human triumphs, evoking emotions of struggles between the good, the bad and the ugly. He was a former president of the Press Photographer of the Philippines. Before joining BusinessMirror and Philippines Graphic magazine, he was the photographer of the now defunct


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