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Photo of the Day: Equal in Faith with the Black Nazarene

We have not joined any Translacion, the procession held during the feast of the Black Nazarene every January of the year, when Nazarene is brought from the Quirino Grandstand back to the Quiapo Church. We are not devotees, but we have no doubt of the intensity of the devotion that goes with the barefoot walk kilometers-long. We’re sure that there are those who question the practice, but we’re convinced that the Translacion is an equalizer when it comes to faith, pretty much like Yolanda was. There’s no rich or poor. Any devotee, when going to the procession, knows very well to leave any worldly valuables at home. You go there barefoot, with just your most comfortable pants, purple Itim na Nazareno shirt and a white face towel or handkerchief. You will be crushed by the same ocean of humanity, estimated at millions in number. And growing each year. You must co-exist with others, makikisama, to come out of the experience in one piece — alive and kicking. People have died during the Translacion. This annual even is not for the week of heart; definitely not for the weak of faith. Here’s a photo courtesy of Dong D. (follow his instagram account, @dongtheexplorer). Click the photo to enlarge: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Equal in Faith with the Black Nazarene

Photo of the Day: Light Traffic

We may make fun of traffic in Metro Manila but it’s one thing that will test your patience to the very edge. However, we’re not talking about normal traffic here. When we say “light traffic,” we mean the graceful flow of vehicle lights captured in beautiful night photography. It’s a skill that can be learned, yes, but it’s naturally a skill that doesn’t come with the mere purchase of the camera (or, in most instagram users, smart phones). We haven’t tried “traffic light” photography yet, so we’ll look at the cool photo by Mark Joseph Lalata (@mark.joseph.lalata; check his ig account for other nice photos). This intersection is near Quiapo Church (home of the Black Nazarene). The road at the bottom leads to Quezon City while the fork to the right goes up the Quezon Bridge, going to the Manila City Hall and the Manila Central Post Office. Click photo to enlarge: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Light Traffic

Must-Visit Philippine Festivals in 2014

We came across a list of top 5 restaurants in the Philippines, compiled by the It’s More Fun in the Philippines website — KaLui (Puerto Princesa, Palawan), Abe, Chocolate de Batirol (Baguio City), La Preciosa (Laoag, Ilocos Norte), Cafe Juanita (Pasig). We’ve visited all these restaurants (and then some) and we can humbly say that other restaurants should be in that list (Lantaw of Cebu, for instance). So why don’t we have our own list? We can start with the Top 5 Festivals that everyone must visit, see and experience this year, 2014. Continue reading Must-Visit Philippine Festivals in 2014

Feast of the Black Nazarene (Quiapo)

Every 9th of January, millions of devotees of the Black Nazarene flock to its house, the Quiapo Church in Manila (Saint John the Baptist Church, also called Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene), to yet again show their undying religious fervor. Seeing the feast and the procession, captured in this internet photo, easily tells anyone that the yearly event is not for the weak of heart. Certainly not for those who are weak in faith. Continue reading Feast of the Black Nazarene (Quiapo)