MANILA -- Hundreds of devotees trooped to Quiapo church at the wee hours of Friday morning to wait for the Black Nazarene to be brought out and carried for a short procession.
Ber Corpuz, a devotee who walked barefooted for almost 12 hours from Biñan, Laguna to Quiapo, was one of them.
"Ipinagdarasal ko na ilayo ang pamilya ko sa pakakasakit at maayos ang darating na halalan," Ber said, after saying a prayer while kneeling inside the church. He has been doing his barefoot-trips to Quiapo every Holy Thursday as a vow to the Black Nazarene ever since his son was allegedly healed by the image.
The Black Nazarene is a famous icon of the Catholic faith that depicts the passion and suffering of Jesus Christ.
"Ipinapakita na naghirap siya at sa kabila ng kahirapan may mga nananampalataya pa rin sa kanya," Ramon Macaraig, another devotee, pointed out.
Aside from the devotees waiting for the procession, the grounds outside the Quiapo church have been occupied by those reading or singing the Pasyon (chant-reading of the passion of Christ) and those doing their penitential rite in the form of inflicting physical pain upon themselves.
The image of the Black Nazarene was brought out at around 3 a.m. and the devotees scrambled to be able to touch a part of it, and there were some who even fainted due to the large number of people wanting to get near the icon. -- with a report from Carolyn Bonquin, ABS-CBN News Southern Tagalog