By Ria Fernandez
Instead of joining the ‘Traslacion’, some devotees opted to venerate a Black Nazarene replica located along Magallanes Street in Intramuros.
The makeshift prayer station was set up by the Reyes family in time for the procession of the statue of dark-skinned Jesus Christ.
“I am just continuing what my mother has started,” said Gladys Reyes.
Every Jan. 9, Reyes said that it has been their tradition to sponsor a mass and give food and towels with the face of Jesus Christ to devotees.
“I encourage to them to strengthen their faith,” she said.
Aurora Lat, 82, used to brave the mammoth crowd during the procession of the Black Nazarene.
But because of old age, she could no longer take part in the tradition.
And so, she is very happy to know that there is a prayer station just a few steps away from her home.
“We don’t need to go and plunge in a sea of devotees in Quiapo anymore. At least here, it is comfortable and our minds are focused,” Lat said.
This year, Lat said her prayer to the Black Nazarene is not about her anymore but about other people.
“I prayed for others – my neighbors, peace around the world especially in the Philippines, and our President,” she said.