Every 9 January, the Traslación of the Black Nazarene makes its way along the streets of the Quiapo district, with attendees reaching up to 12 million. In recent years, the processional route was altered due to a rise in vehicular and stampede accidents, to afford other neighborhoods off the traditional route a chance to participate, and because of structural deficiencies in bridges along the route.
Here the unbelievable scene in the Traslación of the black Nazarene.
Revival of the Dungaw
On 9 January 2014, an old tradition called Dungaw in Tagalog (a calque of its Spanish name Mirata, "to see" or "to look") was revived and reincorporated into the Traslación after old documents attesting to its practise were re-discovered. The custom involves the Black Nazarene being made to stop briefly at Plaza del Carmen fronting the neo-gothic Basilica Minore de San Sebastián. After the recitation of the rosary by the congregation and while the bells in San Sebastián's twin spires peal, the resident Recollect priests remove the statue of Our Lady of Mount Carmel from its shrine in the retablo mayor (high altar). This image, which was given to the Recollects in 1617 by a Carmelite nunnery in Mexico City, is then brought on a high platform at the side of the church, where it is lifted up to "see" and "meet" the Black Nazarene. The moment is accompanied by relative silence and fervent prayer on the part of devotees, and shortly thereafter the priests slowly turn the Virgin's statue so that it "watches" the Black Nazarene depart the vicinity of Plaza del Carmen.
It is notable how the images are from a similar period and provenance, and that the practise echoes the Fourth Station of the Cross, which commemorates how Christ met his mother, the Virgin Mary, as he was walking to his crucifixion.
Capture by Jay Ganzon
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About Jay Ganzon
He the neophyte member of Powerhouse G5, a freelance event photographer, a photojournalist. He graduate in Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation, Inc.(FPPF).