In a country predominantly composed of Catholic Filipinos, Traslacion or the Feast of the Black Nazarene draws millions of people January 9 of every year. In the hopes of more blessings and healing, devotees undergo a solemn procession following the life-sized, dark-skinned statue around the nation’s capital Manila. The said statue, carried into streets for procession by andas or carriage, is believed to be miraculous. And these Pinoy celebrities, despite their busy schedules, are as devoted to Black Nazarene as any other believer.
Veteran actor Christopher de Leon believes that his family’s success was brought by the Black Nazarene’s miracle. Praying for a continued blessing, the actor would scramble his feet just to the reach the carriage.
“FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano” actor Coco Martin revealed that he has been a devotee of the Black Nazarene long before he entered the entertainment industry. He believes that he owes much of the blessings he’s receiving to the black Jesus. Now blessed with big projects, Coco sees to it that he never forgets to continue the religious tradition he started in 2007. In fact, last year, he went to Quirino Grandstand to touch the Black Nazarene.
In case you didn’t see Noli de Castro reporting in studio for “TV Patrol” on January 9, he must be somewhere in the crowd of the procession. A devotee for 30 years now, the newscaster has always been putting the Traslacion on top of his priorities every January 9.
Meanwhile, the year 2018 marked the fourth year singer Angeline Quinto took time to join the annual tradition. Clad in a maroon shirt, Angeline braved the crowd to climb up the andas so she could touch the life-sized statue. One fellow devotee even gave her a replica of the statue. Her devotion can be traced back to when she was just 9 years old. According to her, one of the greatest miracles she received is the recovery of her mother from an illness.
Last year, “Hashtags” member McCoy de Leon shared a life-changing experience about his close encounter with the Black Nazarene. In his Instagram, he wrote:
“Dalawang halik sa krus mo at nahawakan ko pa ang kamay mo. Ito ay isa sa pinaka kakaibang nagawa ko sa buong buhay ko. Natulala lang ako nung nasa taas ako habang naka tingin lang sayo at hindi na inda lahat ng sakit sa katawan bago sumampa. Maraming salamat lahat salamat dahil hinayaan mo kong makalapit sayo Poong Nazareno. Mahal ka po namin.”
The tradition runs in Bayani Agbayani‘s family since 1965. His mother, who stood as their only parent taking care of six children, primarily influenced him to join the procession.
Other celebrities who are known devotees of the Black Nazarene include the couple Melai Cantiveros and Jason Francisco, siblings Camille and John Prats, Giselle Sanchez, and even Kris Aquino.
Sources: Manila Bulletin
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