17th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Mobile

Every year on January 9, an annual procession of the Black Nazarene draws million devotees in Manila, Philippines. Traslacion is a spanish term which means moving something from one place to another, hence the procession of Black Nazerene in a 6KM route making its way through a sea of people from Rizal Park to Quiapo Church which normally takes almost 24 hours before reaching its destination. Some of the devotees strive to climb the carriage to touch the Nazarene or the cross. While others tossed their towels and handkerchiefs to be wiped in the image which is believed to have a miraculous effect. Walking barefoot during the procession is panata or vow that depicts Jesus was walking barefoot, carrying the cross to Mount Calvary.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 01.2019
Date Uploaded: 11.2019
Photo Location: Manila City, Philippines
Camera: CLT-L29
Copyright: © Philip Guay