Sonny Angara greets devotees of Black Nazarene
ON the eve of the 405th celebration of the Feast of Black Nazarene, Aurora Rep. Edgardo “Sonny” Angara has greeted its millions of devotees throughout the country, saying that the yearly devotional procession truly shows the people’s deep faith and love for the patron saint of Quiapo Church.
In a statement, Angara said the annual feast is a symbol of hope and optimism for us Filipinos that despite and inspite of all the trials and ordeals that we face day in and day out, there is still the Almighty whose unconditional love and compassion will prevail and rule at the end of the day.
“I am hopeful that this year’s observance of the feast will be meaningful, peaceful and safe for all, Angara said, as he called on the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the local government of the City of Manila to ensure the safety of the devotees who will be flocking to Quiapo to celebrate the feast.
The lawmaker has urged those going to the area to take the needed precautions and avoid bringing along with them children and valuables for a safer, orderly celebration.
The yearly event attracts a huge throng of devotees from across the regions, many of whom came from far away places just to fulfill what they call as a “vow” to the Black Nazarene.
The Black Nazarene is the patron saint of Quiapo Manila. The statue is a life size replica of Jesus Christ that was brought to Manila by a Spanish priest in 1606. Since then, miraculous things have been reported to those who touch the image.