GLOBAL ONE NEWS — Millions of Filipinos have joined an annual procession in Manila that commemorated the image of the Black Nazarene.
The Traslacion of the Black Nazarene was moved from the Quirino Grandstand to the Quiapo Church on Wednesday, Jan. 9 through a six-kilometer (3.7 miles) route.
An estimated three million devotees joined the annual procession, which is expected to last up to 22 hours like how it did in previous years.
Local reports said over one hundred people were injured just a few hours after the procession began at 5 a.m.
Devotees join the Traslacion as a sign of respect and humility to Christ Jesus and as a form of fulfillment to their “panata” or vow. They also try to touch the rope surrounding the image believing it has miraculous and healing powers.
A group of friars brought the black wooden statue of the Black Nazarene to Manila in 1607. Through centuries, it has survived massive fires and earthquakes, as well as the bombing of Manila in 1945.