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Viva Nuestro Senior Nazareno

Every 9th of January, we are celebrating the Feast of Black Nazarene in Quiapo, Philippines. And there is a tradition that we called it TRASLACION. Doing the procession of the statue from Church of Saint Nicholas Tolentino. But this year, it’s really different because of the pandemic so the other churches help to celebrate the Feast. The devotee can go to other churches like Sta Cruz and San Sebastian to pray and pay respect.

How it’s started?? The January 9 procession reenacts a seemingly minor historical event, the 1787 solemn Translacion, or transfer, of the image from its original home, where Rizal Park is now located, to its present home at the basilica in Quiapo.

An image of the Black Nazarene, carved of mesquite wood by an anonymous Mexican sculptor, arrived in Manila in the mid 1600s. The statue was partially destroyed in 1945 during the liberation of Manila in World War II. The Archdiocese of Manila commissioned a renowned Filipino santero, or saint carver, Gener Manlaqui, to sculpt the present day replica, using the original head.

The Quiapo Church has been a minor basilica in the year 1988. Nuestro Señor Jesús Nazareno (a dark figure of Christ carved by a Mexican artist from black wood) whose image, reputedly miraculous, was brought to the country in a Spanish galleon in the 17th century.

My father is one of the devotee of Poon Nazareno. I still remember him going to that Church a day of the Feast or the day itself early in the morning just to join the procession and throwing white towels to the statue. He believes that this can help to throw away all the worries and can help us solve the problem or cure sickness. He had a big faith for the Black Nazarene and I also believe in it.

For the pictures below, the first one you can see at Sta Cruz Church and the other two pictures has been taken two years before this lockdown. And it’s a normal busy place for all the people in any walks of life.


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A Church and Museum to see the Cultures of Filipinos influenced by different Countries and Traditions.

Find out how much God has given you and from it take what you need; the remainder is needed by others.

Saint Augustine

San Agustin Church in Intramuros, Manila is one of the oldest church in Philippines and one of the most scenic place for wedding photo venue or photoshoot. It is also known as the Archdiocesan Shrine of Nuestra Señora de Consolación y Correa or the Immaculate Conception Parish,

It has been designated as World Heritage Site by UNESCO and named as National Historical Landmark in the Phillippines. You can see some of the famous burials inside their museums such as Miguel Lopez de Legazpi (He is a Spanish Navigator who leads the Pacific Exploration to find the Spice Island and was the first Spanish Governor-General ing the East Indies) and Juan Luna (He is a Filipino great painter, sculptor and political activist).

It is recommended to include to your itinerary if you are going to travel in Manila as it will shows how the Philippines culture influence by Spanish Culture. It’s like you can see some of the churches in Europe, the ceiling and facade with a baroque sytle and curving. You can see also in its museum the different saints of different places in the Philippines. It has been display the old paintings and caricatures of churches and antiques.

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A Cobblestone Walkway

In support to the Intramuros Administration in promoting the Intramuros to the World Travel Awards, I will share my memorable experiences in this wall city.

I’m Manileno by heart and by blood. I grew up in Tondo where my parents are teachers at Magat Salamat Elementary School. Whenever they had “lakbay-aral,” I always be there as “saling-pusa.” My tatay was my historian, he was a fan of our national hero and he always tell the good stories of Jose Rizal.

Fort Santiago was a playground for me from the days as “saling-pusa” to my college days as my tambayan because our school (CCM/UDM) do not have a quadrangle or grounds for the students who were taking their long breaks in their class schedule. This Fort is really one of the important historical site in Manila, Philippines. It was a prison dungeon way back in Spanish Era. It was declared a Shrine of Freedom in 1950. It witnessed many battles of our fellowmen to the foreign invaders or colonisers.

Intramuros is a Latin word means “within the walls.” Therefore it is a city within a city or popularly knows as Walled City in the Philippines.

We still can see the old houses that has been renovated and made as museums and memorabilia of the history within this walls. It is famous for the wedding events and celebrations. And also for pre-nuptial photo shoot with the sepia theme or old era theme or for those that cannot go to Europe to have this kind of setting.

Manila Cathedral and San Agustin Church (oldest stone church in the country), located inside Intramuros and have the biggest contributions for the Catholic religion in Manila.

Last year , when Intramuros Administration opens a free entrance to all the museums located in Intramuros, we accompany our mother to have some tours in Casa Real and San Agustin Church. We didn’t manage to go to other museums because we are running out of time, we need to keep up for the long que of people. She was a teacher of Araling Panlipunan and you can see on her facial expression when she saw those old things and memorabilia. She’s really happy to walk again to the cobblestone streets.

We are looking forward to see Intramuros again after this pandemic or crisis.

So please help us Intramuros to become Asia’s Leading Tourist Attraction in the 2020 World Travel Awards (WTA) – Asian Edition.

1. Go to and REGISTER to create an account.

2. Wait for the confirmation email to VERIFY your account.

3. To cast your vote, select ASIA from the Region Menu.

4. From the list of categories or Outstanding Votes, choose ASIA’S LEADING TOURIST ATTRACTION and vote for INTRAMUROS, PHILIPPINES

Deadline of voting is on September 24, 2020.