The Feast of the Black Nazarene celebrated every January 9 brings millions of Filipinos flocking in Manila.
Every year, devotees from all over the country would religiously walk barefoot and join the procession to catch a glimpse of the religious figure of the Black Nazarene.
Many believed that the Black Nazarene miraculously grant wishes and answer prayers. Filipinos identify with the figure of Christ as a symbol of passion and hardship.
This is not only popular to the common public. Some religious celebrities who has grown accustomed to this annual practice of devotion to the Black Nazarene.
Take a look at these celebrities who admitted being Black Nazarene devotees.
“FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano” star Coco Martin has been a devotee of the Black Nazarene even before he joined show business. It was in 2007 when he first got the chance to touch the blessed image while shooting the indie film “Tirador.”
In an interview with a local news channel, he said, “Yung experience na ‘yun, hinding hindi ko makakalimutan kasi alam mo ‘yung ang hirap sa dami ng tao. Pwede kang mamatay.”
However, Martin said that after joining the feast and touching the image, blessings started to pour in his life.
“Mula noong araw na ‘yun hanggang ngayon, ‘yung blessing na dumadating sa akin, alam ko nanggaling doon kasi ‘yun ‘yung hiniling ko eh,” he said.
“Siguro sa 10 hiniling ko, 15 ‘yung binigay niya sa akin. Sobra-sobra pa,”
John And Camille Pratts
John and Camille Prats also revealed in a television interview that they have been going to Quiapo Church with their family religiously for the past years. According to the brother and sister, they always visit Quiapo Church every Holy Week, and has adopted the customary veneration to the Black Nazarene.
“Kapag Holy Week, nakasanayan na talaga ng pamilya namin na mag-Bisita Iglesia. Binibisita talaga namin ang lahat ng simbahan, at napupunta din kami sa Maynila, sa Quiapo, at sa Baclaran,”
Following an unfortunate event in her life when she was ill and found herself struggling to go to work, Giselle decided to turn to the statue of the Black Nazarene to ask for a solution to her problem. Since then, she has been supporting the church’s feeding project by being one of its sponsors.
Noli de Castro
Despite her impressive credentials as a renowned broadcaster who tried his luck in the politics, Noli has always been a proud Black Nazarene devotee.
As a matter of fact, he has been joining the feast almost annually.
Christopher de Leon
Veteran actor Christopher de Leon is also one of the devotees who strive to climb the “Andas” just to touch the Black Nazarene.
De Leon believes that his and his family’s success are attributed to divine providence.
She is also a well-known Black Nazarene devotee. It can be recalled that Kris asked help for Boy Abunda’s mother, who was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
In 2014, Kris held the Black Nazarene handkerchief. She secured in a zip lock to be sent to Boy Abunda’s mom who at the time was already in the hospital.
“I can send this, pwede kong ipadala ito sa ospital. Ilalagay ko sa ziplock para safe”
Bayani Agbayani’s devotion also stemmed from his mother’s strong faith to the Black Nazarene. After the death of Bayani’s father, his mother Mila had been praying to the Black Nazarene to help her raise all six children.
The comedian tries his best to attend the procession every year to give thanks for all the blessings and their family receives.
Melai Cantiveros and Jason Francisco
Married celebrity couple Melai Cantiveros and Jason Francisco were one of the thousand devotees at the Quirino Grandstand attending the holy mass.
Mcoy De Leon
Hashtag member McCoy de Leon took a break from his hectic schedule last year and joined the procession. On Instagram, he shared his experience of climbing up and kissing the cross of the Black Nazarene.
“Dalawang halik sa krus mo at nahawakan ko pa ang kamay mo. Ito ay isa sa pinaka kakaibang nagawa ko sa buong buhay ko. Natulala lang ako nung nasa taas ako habang naka tingin lang sayo at hindi na inda lahat ng sakit sa katawan bago sumampa. Maraming salamat lahat salamat dahil hinayaan mo kong makalapit sayo Poong Nazareno. Mahal ka po namin,”
Angeline Quinto also believes she received a miracle from the Black Nazarene. The singer had been praying everyday at Quiapo Church when her mother was very sick. She would consistently pray for her wellness and ask for some blessings.
After many singing contests, she finally struck gold and made a name for herself. But, she believed that her mother’s recovery was her biggest blessing from the Black Nazarene.
The singer turned actress’ most memorable procession was in 2013 when she was able to ride along the image’s carrier.