Netizens weigh in on this year's Black Nazarene procession

By Jeo Angelo Chico Elamparo, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at Jan 10 2014 12:05 AM | Updated as of Jan 10 2014 08:05 AM

Replicas of the Black Nazarene also join the procession. Photo by Rem Zamora

MANILA – Is this year’s Black Nazarene procession better organized than in previous years?

An estimated crowd of at least 9 million, including faithful devotees and foreign visitors, attended this year’s procession of the Black Nazarene, formally known as Translacion. But is the parade this year better organized than those in the past?

On Thursday, TV Patrol asked on its social media accounts, “Milyun-milyong deboto po and dumalo’t nakisiksik sa taunang pista ng #Nazareno2014. Tulad ng inaasahan, meron pa ring mga nasugatan, nahilo at hinimatay. Sa itinatakbo ng prusisyon, tingin mo ba ay mas maayos ang naging paghahanda at sistema ngayon?”

On Twitter, social media users gave different responses.

Yuan Examina ‏(@yuan22examina) said, “For me, nothing changed. Hindi naman kailangan na makipagsiksikan talaga and a lot of people there ang nasaktan at hinimatay.”

Stephen Matute ‏(@stephenatorr) also complained about the injuries that result from the procession.

“Hindi. Kasi ang dami pa ring nasasaktan. Ang gawang kabanalan, dapat walang nasasaktan.”

Michael Himor (‏@khenofficial) disagreed and commended the Traslacion organizers’ system this year.
“Mas handa sila ngayon sa Nazareno. All medical personnel responded to thousands hurt in the procession. VIVA SENOR!”

Jeric Medrano ‏(@melvrinejeric) shared Himor’s sentiment. “Sa tingin ko, mas mabilis ngayon dahil may sistema at umuusad ang prusisyon.”

Dan Rey Tan Siembra ‏(@dandalandaaaaan) said that despite the injuries, this year’s procession is better than last year.

“Better than last year. Dahil nasunod naman ng maayos ang ruta. ‘Yun nga lang, madami pa rin ang nasaktan.”

On Facebook, netizens gave similar opinions.

Rhea B. Baluyot said, “Walang pinagbago. Katulad pa rin ng dati, walang kaayusan. Dahil ‘yan sa mga taong hindi marunong sumunod.”

Roselle Velasco Lopez commented that this year’s procession is more disorganized than last year’s.

“I think hindi kasi parang mas magulo ngayon kesa noong last year.”

Juliet Escarpe said devotees should have anticipated the injuries that will result from participating in the activity.
“Kasama talaga ‘yan. Dapat handa sila sa maaaring mangyari. Nakita niyo naman ang dami ng tao. Pero siyempre, nkakalungkot ‘yung mga ngyari.”

Helen Fe Masola Aranas, on the other hand, viewed the matter differently.

“Dahil sa kaguluhan at marami ang nasaktan, parang nawawala ang kabanalan ng kapistahan. Hindi ba pwdeng maging mahinahon hanggang makalapit ang lahat?”