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One of the many very significant places to visit on worship days for many Filipino Catholics is the Quiapo Church located at the center of Manila. This is where the very well known feast celebration of the Black Nazarene, Jesus Christ's image, is being celebrated every January 9 of each year. Thousands of devoted Catholics are here to express their faith and endless beliefs to the miracle that it could bring to their life. Eighty five percent of the Philippines' population are Catholics and to see them gathered altogether during the procession of the image is a very spectacular view.

On the Photo: Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene in Quiapo, Philippines



Quiapo Church has been there since 1789. Long story to tell on how this church came into being but the architecture of this structure is purely based from the Spanish concept and culture. Today, the church is considered as one of the most holy places out of the 600,000 religious structures built on the land. Other than these churches, there are also around 20 million chapels scattered all over the country resembling the devotion of the catholic people to Jesus Christ.

On the Photo: Quiapo Church's Historic Bell Tower



However, for many religious groups and organizations other than the Roman Catholic, there are traditions and practices of the Catholics that are unacceptable to the real essence of the human's relationship with God. At the very side of the church, you can see a lot of images of saints, crucifixes, herbal medicines, amulets and many other forms of religious representations that are for sale. Many says that this is against the Christian ways of worshiping the almighty God. There is no specific record as to when the business trade started at the very circumference of this historic church. But the fact that it is there until today and possibly will be forever, then the criticisms of the many will also not be gone.

On the Photo: Sto. Nino Replicas and Other Religious Items for Sale at the Side of Quiapo Church



If the people's belief and culture have something to do with the nation's failure to achieve the real progress and development, then these traditions and structures are the exact evidences. However, the Catholic people claimed that there are really big changes on their lives since they began attending to the Black Nazarene (Itim na Nazareno) feast at the Quiapo Church. The huge number of churches and chapels in the country is undeniably the life and death of the Filipino nation. Then this just proves that strong faith, be it wrong or correct to anyone else in this world, cannot be the basis of the measurement of any country's global economic status. The Filipino people is standing as to what they are as a community believing to Jesus Christ and also seeking for salvation.



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Curious about Quiapo or the Black Nazarene? This is just one of the many tradition-revealing blogs we posted in this blog site. Project Pilipinas is about the culture, tradition, and life of the Filipinos in the Philippines. This blog exposes both the good and the bad in the Filipinos way of life, leaving a recommendation in the end on how these things can be changed for the good of all.


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