After the mass held at the Quirino Grandstand and officiated by His Emminence Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle which was attended by at least 300 thousand people, the image of the Black Nazarene was then transported to its official home, the Quaipo Church. Authorities have estimated that some 9 million Black Nazarene devotees joined the “Traslacion” of the Black Nazarene from the Grandstand to Quiapo church. And among those people who joined the procession was my colleague and one of my good friends Mark Joseph Santos.
Mark is a photo hobbyist and a self-confessed Black Nazarene devotee. He started his devotion to the Nazareno in the year 2002. It was his father who influenced and introduced him to this devotion. And for 11 years now he continues to join the annual festivities of the Quaipo Church. Ask when he think he will do this devotion, he said, as long as he can he will still go to Quaipo and join the Traslacion because this devotion helped him to deepen his faith in God and it is also his way of giving thanks for all the blessings and to ask forgiveness for all his shortcomings.
Let’s listen to the stories of his lens during yesterday’s Feast of the Black Nazarene.