It's that time of the year.
The majority of Manila, all its nooks and crannies actually, had been cleared for Traslacion 2017. Millions—an estimated 3.5—took part in the annual Black Nazarene procession, which reportedly lasted for 22 hours.
Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, in a statement on Tuesday, called this year's proceedings "God's miracle": "No one was seriously hurt, no one died. No matter how excellent our preparations are, it is God’s doing that we’re able to hold the Traslacion safely and peacefully."
Overall, the religious gathering turned out to be a huge success, except for the recorded 2,235 injured and 70 tons of trash (double last year).
While others doubt it, the Feast of the Black Nazarene is symbolic of the Filipinos' extraordinary faith. Even if it means risking their well-being for the holy parade, believers of the "Itim na Nazareno" won't think twice about sacrificing themselves just to fulfill their yearly devotion.
FHM bore witness to the religious spectacle:
Devotees flocked the Quirino Grandstand in the wee hours of the morning, hoping to be in close proximity to the "andas" or carriage.
Some took the expression "carrying your own cross" quite literally.
Replicas allow for close veneration of the image of the Black Nazarene for those who can't shove their way into the wild mob.
Kudos to the Hijos del Nazareno—imagine having to brave the same kind of frenzy (if not, worse) every year.
Until next year, kapatid!
Check out the rest of the sights and sounds of Traslacion 2017 in our video below:
Photography Eve Baswel