Friday, 30 October 2020 12:53

Quiapo Church cancels "Pahalik"

The Manila City Government earlier announced the cancellation of the Black Nazarene Procession on January 9, 2021.  In line with this, Quiapo Church has also canceled its traditional veneration ("pahalik") of the image amid the COVID-19 Pandemic.

The image of the Black Nazarene during the Traslacion 2019 | Photo by Maricar Santos/RCAM-AOC

According to CBCP News, Msgr. Hernando Coronel, Rector and Parish Priest of the Minor Basilica of St. John the Baptist or Quiapo Church, said that the traditional kissing of the image or “pahalik” would be replaced with the viewing of the image or “pagtanaw” from the Church’s balcony for two weeks.

“The pilgrim image of the Nazarene will be brought up to the balcony of the church fronting Plaza Miranda two weeks before the actual Feast Day,” said Msgr. Coronel.

It will be the first time in history that the annual grand Traslacion has been canceled.

Every January 9, thousands of devotees join the procession of the Black Nazarene from Quirino Grandstand to Quiapo Church. The kissing of the image is usually held a day before the Traslacion at the Quirino Grandstand.

Last October 23, 2020, the city government of Manila and Quiapo Church have agreed to cancel the procession of the Black Nazarene for 2021.

"There is no harm in having none for a year or two. Because they're still a hundred years, 50 years, 20 years, ten years, five years... to continue to practice 'yung pamana, 'yung kustumbre at 'yung pamamanata,” said Manila Mayor Isko Moreno. (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC)


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