By Minka Klaudia Tiangco
Neither rain nor the heat of the sun could dampen the spirits of more than 1,000 devotees of the Black Nazarene, who eagerly awaited for the Traslacion to pass by the Sta. Cruz Plaza in Sta. Cruz, Manila Wednesday afternoon.
Jon Milanes, 38, referred to the weather as “a blessing.” “It just is,” he declared
Milanes opted not to join the procession because just seeing the blessed image was enough for him.
Meanwhile, 43-year-old Rochele Magpantay attributed her persistence on her strong faith in the Black Nazarene.
“Kapag ‘yung faith mo malakas, kahit ano kakayanin mo (When your faith is strong, you can overcome anything),” she said.
Both Milanes and Magpantay claimed that the Black Nazarene has previously granted them what they had prayed for, including success at work and good health for them and their families.
The “andas” or the carriage bearing the image of the Black Nazarene, arrived at Sta. Cruz, Manila at about 1:30 p.m.
Cries and shouts of “Viva!” filled the air as hundreds and thousands of faithful clad in maroon and yellow flocked around the black wooden image of Jesus Christ kneeling under a cross.
The barefoot devotees jostled with each other, with some climbing on top of others in an to kiss, touch, or wipe bits of clothing on the blessed image.
Some who maintained a distance away from the andas waved their towels with religious fervor and threw water at the devotees in the procession.
Other devotees worked together to remove the elderly, children, and women from the path of the procession so they will not be hurt.