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Black Nazarene festivities begin in Manila

Published Jan. 8, 2014, 4:12 p.m. PHT

Last updated Jan. 22, 2014, 9:45 a.m. PHT

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Pilgrims have started to flock to downtown Manila on Wednesday, January 8, to participate in the activities leading up to the annual feast of the Black Nazarene.

Pilgrims begin to flock to Quiapo Church in Manila a day before the Black Nazarene feast. (Jeric Pena/JPR Photo)

Pilgrims begin to flock to Quiapo Church in Manila a day before the Black Nazarene feast. (Jeric Pena/JPR Photo)

At Quiapo Church, home to the original Black Nazarene image, throngs of devotees attended Mass this morning. Devotees also swarmed around replicas of the Black Nazarene image stationed outside the church. Vendors selling Black Nazarene souvenirs and other religious articles also lined the adjacent Plaza Miranda.

A vendor sells shirts with the image of the Black Nazarene outside Quiapo Church in Manila. (Jeric Pena/JPR Photo)

A vendor sells shirts with the image of the Black Nazarene outside Quiapo Church in Manila. (Jeric Pena/JPR Photo)

Meanwhile, the crowd at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila has begun to swell Wednesday afternoon as the traditional “pahalik” continues for the second day.

An image of the Black Nazarene is temporarily enshrined at the Quirino Grandstand for the "pahalik." (Jeric Pena/JPR Photo)

An image of the Black Nazarene is temporarily enshrined at the Quirino Grandstand for the "pahalik." (Jeric Pena/JPR Photo)

Devotees endured long lines and the intense heat to kiss the venerated image and wipe it with their handkerchiefs. Some waited for 2 to 3 hours to get in front of the line.

The feast, celebrated on January 9 each year, draws millions of devotees from all over the country.

Photos: Festivities for Black Nazarene Day begin in Manila