By Ria Fernandez
The devotees joining today’s ‘Traslacion’ have a common goal: for their towels and handkerchiefs to touch the image of the Black Nazarene placed on top of ‘andas’ or carriage, believing that it will bring healing miracles.
Julius Bulawan, 17, attested that there is truth to it.
Last year, his grandmother got healed from high-blood after he used the handkerchief that he wiped on the revered image.
“When I was young, I was wondering why so many people were participating in this. I was actually skeptical about the procession. But not until I threw my towel and had it dabbed on the Black Nazarene for the first time during ‘Traslacion’ last year. When I went home, I wiped that on my sick grandmother. And just a few days after, she got healed from high-blood,” Bulawan told the Manila Bulletin.
Because of this, Bulawan said he made a promise to the Black Nazarene that he will be forever committed to him as a gesture of gratitude.
“I really vowed to Jesus Christ that I will praise him every day and that I will be here every feast of the Black Nazarene,” he said.
Ryan Reyes also has a story of miracle stemming from his Black Nazarene devotion.
“When I went to mass at Quiapo Church, my mother was supposed to undergo brain surgery. I prayed. And when I went home, I was told that her medicines already worked and she did not need operation anymore,” he said.
Thereafter, he joined the annual procession of the Black Nazarene from Quirino Grandstand to Quiapo Church.
But in 2010, he stopped joining the mammoth crowd and developed a different kind of devotion by giving free food and drinks to ‘Traslacion’ participants.
“During my first year, I was penniless. I came with an empty stomach and had nothing to quench my thirst with. This is why I thought of this as my devotion in exchange for joining the procession,” he explained.