The Black Nazarene donated by my grandmother and family to Saint Patrick Church in San Francisco.
Every January 9 the original life-size image of the Black Nazarene is taken on procession in Quiapo, Manila. Thousands of men come barefooted to this fiesta as a sign of humility!
Thousands try to touch the image in hopes that miracles and cures will occur. This custom has been carried out for over 200 years since its housing at Saint John the Baptist Church in Quiapo in 1787. In this context, many come with firm hope in their faith in the suffering Christ who suffers with them.
I may never find myself in the midst of such a beautiful filipino tradition, but perhaps this video catches all the sentiments of filipino faith.