IN PHOTOS: The Quiapo fiesta

NAZARENE COLORS. Everyone is clad in maroon and gold bearing the image of the Nazarene. All photos by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

NAZARENE COLORS. Everyone is clad in maroon and gold bearing the image of the Nazarene.

All photos by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – Quiapo residents celebrate their fiesta just like how most Filipinos observe an annual tradition honoring a patron saint.

They go to mass, prepare food and feast with relatives and guests, drink alcohol, sing karaoke, play street parlor games or try their luck on a color game that’ll double their money or win chicks as pets for their kids. 

FEAST. There's food in every home!

FEAST.

There's food in every home!

LIQUOR BAN? For residents a fiesta is not a fiesta without alcohol.

LIQUOR BAN? For residents a fiesta is not a fiesta without alcohol.

COLOR GAMES. Double your money by betting on your favorite color.

COLOR GAMES. Double your money by betting on your favorite color.

Kids try their luck to bring home a pet for a peso.

Kids try their luck to bring home a pet for a peso.

The only activity that sets them apart from any other community or province is the Translacion. Once the Senyor arrives, the merry making ceases. Fun turns to solemnity as soon as the andas arrives. 

THE CROWDED STREETS. Every nook and cranny gets busy once the andas enters Quiapo.

THE CROWDED STREETS. Every nook and cranny gets busy once the andas enters Quiapo.

Everyone leaves their respective places to pay respects to the Senyor, either to do the pasan ng lubid or salang (to pull the ropes of the carriage to give thanks), the pingga (offer of sacrifice by staying close to the carriage to offer their shoulders or head as virtual ladder for other devotees), or the sampa (touching the image to whisper their prayers).

Everyone leaves the table once the Senyor is near
DEVOTEES. Some residents stay in their homes to keep safe from the swelling crowd.

DEVOTEES. Some residents stay in their homes to keep safe from the swelling crowd.

 

ANDAS. The packed carriage of the Black Nazarene as it breezes through the tight streets of Quiapo.

ANDAS. The packed carriage of the Black Nazarene as it breezes through the tight streets of Quiapo.

The Translacion is not for the faint hearted.

The Translacion is not for the faint hearted.

Unlike other fiestas – where at the end of the day everyone is full or drunk – Quiapo residents feel blessed, thankful and hopeful. – Rappler.com