Thousands of devotees gather at the Quirino Grandstand on Monday for the traditional “Pahalik” of the Black Nazarene – a show of faith and devotion for Filipino Catholics.
Devotees clad in maroon shirts queue to touch and kiss the feet of the Nazareno, the image housed at the Quiapo Church believed to be miraculous.
Unlike in previous years when the pahalik started at 12 midnight, this time the devotees will only be allowed to get near the statue after the 7 a.m. mass.
According to the National Capital Region Police, around 10,000 are already at the site as of 6 a.m.
To manage the crowd, authorities created three lines: one each for males, females, and persons with disability and senior citizens.
However, Quiapo Church officials said they allowed volunteers for the Traslacion to touch the image of the Black Nazarene first since this is the only time they can get near the image as they will be busy today until tomorrow.
No untoward incidents have been reported so far. First aid stations are all around Quirino Grandstand for any emergency.
“Pahalik,” which means “to kiss,” happens on the eve of the Traslacion or the Feast of the Black Nazarene.
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