Revisiting Minor Basilica in Quiapo on the Eve of The Feast of Black Nazarene Traslacion 2013

The Feast of The Black Nazarene is the reflection of devotees faith.

I readied my camera, charged the batteries, and packed my gear to witness a yearly festival which is very close to the heart of every Filipinos. And so I went revisiting Minor Basilica in Quiapo on the Eve of The Feast of The Black Nazarene Traslacion 2013 and took snapshots of what could be the most important days of the festival.

Everyone is minding their own business and so am I. Here are some photos we took today.

This lola is minding her own business, selling sampaguita to church goers.
Law enforcers are doing round-the-clock to make sure that no untoward incidents happen during the feast day.
This man sells Black Nazarene t-shirts and face towels .
A woman with deformity sells crucifix necklace.
This old lady in wheelchair is not going to this church to hear mass but also to sell her religious items.
This man sells miniature icons of The Black Nazarene for Php 250.00
A devotee stands in-front of Minor Basilica while holding his prized Black Nazarene possession.
A child suddenly appears on the right side frame, innocently having the times of her life playing while vendors wait for customers in-front of the church’s main door.
While the little girl on the previous photo have the freedom to run around the church grounds, this little boy has to push his young body to work to survive.
For these kids, begging for alms is the fastest way to fill-up their stomachs. Eating is more fun in the Philippines.
One more devotee holds an icon of Sto. Niño.
Everlasting flowers are ornaments for The Black Nazarene.
Minor Basilica sits on the grounds of Plaza Miranda, Quiapo in Manila
Prayers will not be complete without these colored candles for offerings.
The Feast of The Black Nazarene opens a lot of opportunities for vendors to sell items during the feast day making the religious event more commercialized as years pass by.

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