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The Scene: Traslacion 2018

Devotees of all shapes and sizes came in droves—as expected—to yesterday’s religious proceedings


Traslacion celebrates the solemn transfer of the Black Nazarene copy from San Nicolás de Tolentino in Intramuros to the Minor Basilica in Quiapo. It is an annual event that attracts millions, and is expectedly chaotic. Devotees of all ages rushing, straining, and risking life and limb just to touch the image. This dramatic act of devotion, they believe, may lead to miracles. It is, arguably, the most garish personification of religious fervor in our largely Catholic country. Given our neighbors, this might be true for the entire region.

Photographer Jack Alindahao trooped to Quirino Grandstand and marched along with the 350,000 or so faithful all the way to Quiapo. What he found was a relatively quieter procession, which according to reports say that has been the quickest in years.


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