1. January 9 marks the feast day of the Black Nazarene, a life-size statue of a dark-skinned Jesus Christ.
2. It is considered as the largest Catholic procession in the Philippines, possibly in the whole world.
Attendance this year is estimated at 2 million.
3. Originally from Mexico, this wooden statue of Jesus Christ has a darker skin tone, believed to have been caused after being charred from a fire aboard the galleon transporting it.
(Note that the statue in the photo is one of hundreds of replicas being paraded at the same time.)
4. Catholic Filipinos believe this religious icon is miraculous. Tradition dictates they walk barefoot from their homes all the way to Quiapo Church in Manila, where the Black Nazarene is enshrined, as part of their “panata” (vow) to God.
Of course, they can drive themselves or hitch a ride to the church if they are from outside the city, but they still have to go barefoot.