Podcast and photos by Lois Joy Guinmapang, VERA Files
The annual Feast of the Black Nazarene culminates on Wednesday with the grand translacion procession that will bring the life-sized dark wooden sculpture of the Nuestro Padre Jesus Nazareno from the Quirino Grandstand back to its home at Quiapo Church.
The celebration started days earlier. On Monday, devotees jammed the streets of Quiapo surrounding the basilica to join the procession of replicas of the Black Nazarene. Lois Joy Guinmapang was there capturing the sounds of Quiapo as it geared up for the grand fiesta.
(The podcast was produced by Lois Joy Guinmapang, a senior journalism student at the University of the Philippines-Diliman, for her J196 seminar class under VERA Files trustee Yvonne T. Chua. VERA Files is put out by veteran journalists taking a deeper look at current issues. VERA is Latin for “true.”)