‘Nazareno fever’ hits Masbate

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In their little own way, Catholics in Dimasalang, Masbate try to replicate the “Nazareno phenomenon” by holding their own mini Traslación for the first time in the town’s St. Joseph Parish. (Photo: Rainier Solibaga Bognot)

DIMASALANG, Masbate, Jan. 10, 2015 – They may be miles away from the epicenter of the devotion, but Catholics in Dimasalang, Masbate did not allow distance to get in the way of expressing solidarity with their brethren in Quiapo by holding their own mini version of the phenomenal “Traslación.”

“It’s the first time our parish organized this kind of activity for the Feast of the Black Nazarene. Last year, we only celebrated Mass and a rite of acceptance for the image of the Black Nazarene. Now we are more blessed,” said Rainier Solibaga Bognot, a youth minister of the St. Joseph Parish in the Diocese of Masbate, in an interview.

According to him, a certain Judge Fred Bien was kind and generous enough to donate to their parish an image of Nuestro Padre Jesus Nazareno (NPJN).

The statue, a near replica of the Quiapo original, allowed the Dimasalang faithful to mount for the first time a procession in honor of the Black Nazarene.

The event was attended by hundreds of the local faithful and officially signalled the start of a growing Nazarene devotion in the Masbate town.

While this devotion originated in Manila’s Quiapo district and is concentrated mainly in Metro Manila, it has come to spread across the non-Tagalog provinces of the Philippines to as far as the United States as well as other foreign countries where Filipinos are present. (Raymond A. Sebastián / CBCP News)

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