The Most Spectacular Filipino Festivals in January

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9 January
Quiapo, Manila

One of the most momentous religious events in the country, the Feast of the Black Nazarene is observed annually in the heart of the City of Manila — Quiapo. Clad in maroon clothing, millions upon millions of devotees from all over the country flock to Quiapo barefooted to participate in the Translación or the “transfer” of the holy image from the Quirino Grandstand in Rizal Park to where it is currently enshrined, the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene, also known as the Quiapo Church.

Last year’s procession is the longest solemn transfer of the image in recent history, lasting a total of 22 hours, covering a distance of six kilometers. This year, almost 19 million people are expected to join in the series of activities set for the religious to express their devotion to the Black Nazarene.

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Andy Flores is a pathological penny pincher with impulse shopping and binge-eating tendencies. She’s constantly saving up for new adventures, so she dabbles in writing jobs here and there. Her not-so-secret dream is to be an extra in a big Bollywood movie.