Traslacion 2017

YOUTHSPEAK | New generation of Black Nazarene devotees vow to keep the strength in their faith

Millions of Filipinos participate at the annual Traslacion. Photo by Neil Portugal, InterAksyon.

Millions of Filipinos participate at the annual Traslacion. Photo by Neil Portugal, InterAksyon.

Every year, millions of Filipinos participate at the Feast of the Black Nazarene with the Traslacion as the culminating event—expressing their devotion, gratitude, or petition.

A number of them are millennials—some of whom are new while some have been observing the tradition as young children along with their parents and elders.

We gathered some of their stories as they expressed their gratitude to the Black Nazarene and even their prayers for the country.

Passing on the faith

Devotee Mike Marcos, 32, says he has received miracles from the image and promises to continue passing on the tradition to the young generation. Photo by Neil Portugal, InterAksyon.

Devotee Mike Marcos, 32, says he has received miracles from the image and promises to continue passing on the tradition to the young generation. Photo by Neil Portugal, InterAksyon.

Mike Marcos, a 32-year old devotee from Montalban, Rizal said miracles have been granted to him by the Black Nazarene. The Nazarene, he said, answered his prayers immediately after three months when his paralyzed mother who had suffered from stroke was able to recover her mobility and stable health.

After his prayers were answered, Mike said he committed himself to attending Traslacion yearly. And as part of giving back, he is passing the faith to the younger generation, particularly his children and his staff members.

Tinuturo ko na ngayon ito bilang deboto ng Nazareno doon sa mga pamangkin ko saka sa anak ko. At the same time, sa mga staff ko rin. First time nila dito at nung nakahawak sila sa lubid, nakaramdam naman sila ng saya nung makahawak sila at sa kanila na rin mismo nanggaling na taun-taon na nila ito gagawin. Si Nazareno ang aking tagapagligtas, sya yung aking guardian at ang aking Diyos,” he said.

Young mother’s vow

Mary Jane Paojana, shown here with her two-month old  baby, attend the Traslacion festivities, January 9, 2017. Photo by Neil Portugal, InterAksyon.

Mary Jane Paojana, shown here with her two-month old baby, attend the Traslacion festivities, January 9, 2017. Photo by Neil Portugal, InterAksyon.

Mary Jane Paojana, 20, from Alabang came to Traslacion with her newborn child whom she is trying to expose in the faith even at a young age.

Kasi po gusto ko rin na matulad sya sakin na bata pa lang po may panata na sya. Pinalaglag ko po ito kasi takot po ako na ipaalam sa mama at papa ko. Sa dami po nang ininom kong gamot na pampalaglag, ‘di siya nalaglag. Kaya po nung pumunta po kami ng Quiapo, nagdasal po kami na sana po walang mangyaring masama sa kanya. Wala naman po. Normal po siya. Pina-newborn test ko po siya, wala naman pong diperensya,” she said.

After the miracle she experienced, she vowed to never leave her child. “Minsan umiiyak ako kasi sa dami ng gamot na ininom ko, ‘di po siya nawala sa akin. Minsan, umiiyak ako sinsabi ko na ‘di ko siya iiwanan kasi di nya ko iniwanan.

Serving the Nazarene

Princess Ibarra helps devotees rub their clothes on a replica image of the Black Nazarene during the Traslacion, January 9, 2017. Photo by Neil Portugal, InterAksyon.

Princess Ibarra helps devotees rub their clothes on a replica image of the Black Nazarene during the Traslacion, January 9, 2017. Photo by Neil Portugal, InterAksyon.

Eighteen-year-old Princess Ibarra from Caloocan shows her service for the Black Nazarene by helping devotees rub their cloths to a replica of the revered image.

Itong ginagawa ko yung pagpupunas ng santo namin. Ito yung paraan kung paano ako nagseserve kay God kasi maraming deboto ang gustong magpapunas sa kanya na naniniwala na maraming magandang mangyayari sa buhay nila,” she said.

Her devotion to the Black Nazarene started when she witnessed how their lives improved when her father got a job after continuously praying in Quiapo Church.

Inheriting the faith

Bryan Posas, 16,  said he inherited his devotion to the Black Nazarene from his grandfather. The teenager is one of a number of young people who are attending the 'traslacion' procession on Monday, January 9, 2017. Photo by Neil Portugal, InterAksyon.

Bryan Posas, 16, said he inherited his devotion to the Black Nazarene from his grandfather. The teenager is one of a number of young people who are attending the ‘traslacion’ procession on Monday, January 9, 2017. Photo by Neil Portugal, InterAksyon.

Bryan Posas, 16, of Marikina says he was a devotee since he was a kid, and it is something he inherited from his grandfather. He shared: “Nandito po kami para makita ang Poong Nazareno. Matagal na po kaming deboto simula pa po pagkabata namin. Lagi po naming sinasamahan yung lolo namin kasi yung lolo po naming yung laging pumapasan. Yung Nazareno ayon po sa aking experience at galing na rin sa mga matatanda, sya po yung nagpapagaling ng mga maysakit.

Posas is also a witness to this healing: “Isang beses po nagkaroon ng isang malalang insidente, nabully po ako. Humiling po ako na sana i-bless at bigyan po ako ni God ng pagbabago sa aking sarili. Sa awa ng Diyos nagkaroon ng pagbabago sa aking sarili.

Waiting for the right time

For Rosebeth Robles, 20, petitions sometimes take time to be answered. Photo by Neil Portugal, InterAksyon.

For Rosebeth Robles, 20, petitions sometimes take time to be answered. Photo by Neil Portugal, InterAksyon.

Rosebeth Robles, a 20-year old from Caloocan, participated in Traslacion to pray for his father who suffered a stroke. For her, prayers are sometimes not granted promptly.

Minsan, ‘di naman agad agad ibibigay yung hiling mo. Antayin mo lang po, ‘di man ngayon, maguguglat ka andyan na po yung blessings,” she said.

Robles also considers the Black Nazarene as a father. She shared, “Si Nazareno po anak niya tayo lahat. Nagpakatao po sya sa atin. Yung mga blessings na binibigay niya sa amin ng mga magulang ko, ‘di ko man siya mapuntahan palagi, ‘di niya po kami pinapapabayaan.”

Prayer for the country

Tina Padilla, 20 years-old and a Black Nazarene devotee, says she is also praying for change for the country. Photo by Neil Portugal, InterAksyon.

Tina Padilla, 20 years-old and a Black Nazarene devotee, says she is also praying for change for the country. Photo by Neil Portugal, InterAksyon.

Twenty year-old Tina Padilla from  Caloocan is praying for change for the Philippines, she shared, “Yung ibang tao, sana po baguhin na lang ang sarili para wala na lang pong namamatay. Yung mga gang binabaril po nila yung mga walang kasalanan. ‘Di naman po nila deserve yun; pagbaguhin na lang nila. ‘Di na nila kailangang patayin. Dasal ko rin na magbago sila para umayos na ang bansa para wala nang patayan.

Act of gratitude

Friends Mary Grace Fermeza, 30, and Vince Flores, 23, came to Traslacion to express gratitude and pray for unity. Photo by Neil Portugal, InterAksyon.

Friends Mary Grace Fermeza, 30, and Vince Flores, 23, came to Traslacion to express gratitude and pray for unity. Photo by Neil Portugal, InterAksyon.

Mary Grace Fermeza, 30, from Cavite sees to it that she goes to Traslacion every January 9 since 2012 as a gesture of gratitude towards the Black Nazarene.

She shared, “Naging panata kasi dinasal namin sa kanya yung pag-heal ni Mama. Up to now, naging panata namin ang mag-vigil, na pagpapa-thank you sa kanya for another year na binigay niya kay Mama. Meron si Mama na adrenal tumor before so dinasal namin sa kanya. Benign naman yung binigay sa kanya so up to now nandito pa rin si Mama na nagvi-vigil din. Pasasalamat sa kanya at paghingi ng guidance, health, and safety sa family tapos new beginnings lahat for this year.  For the country, (I pray for) peace kasi medyo magulo  lalo na doon sa mga bombings and unity sa ating lahat.”

Black Nazarene as image of peace and unity
Vince Flores, a 23-year old from Manila, says the Black Nazarene is for peace. “Black of Nazarene kasi sign of peace.  Kasi nagkakaisa yung mga tao para lang sa black Nazarene. Marami syang nabigay na blessings, marami nang napatunayan,so halos lahat siguro may panata kaya sila nandito.”

He also claims that his life changed after showing devotion to the Nazarene. “Sobrang dami lang talagang blessings basta may faith ka sa kanya. Dati kasi parang wala lang pero ngayon naka-focus na ko sa Black Nazarene. Grabe na yung faith ko kay God. Yung blessing parang ‘di  ako nawawalan, ‘di na ko nauubusan. Ang laking tulong niya.

Flores prays for others to have peace and love; and as for the country, he prays that amid series of killings, there would be freedom and hope so that our country would grow.

InterAksyon.com
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