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The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly: Mixed Reactions To Traslacion 2018

Is this faith or idolism?
by Andrei Medina | Jan 10, 2018
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Traslacion 2018 saw over six million Filipino followers flock to Quiapo, Manila as the Black Nazarene seemingly drowned in a sea of devotees.

After all was said and done, it took nearly a whole day for the Black Nazarene to return to the Quiapo church. For attendees, it meant that their faith was fulfilled as they endured 22 hours of shoving their way through human meat-shields in order to touch the replica which is believed to perform miracles.

Our police officials, for their part, said the event ended in a generally peaceful manner. Despite this, there were a lot of issues during the whole event: from the long queues of the Pahalik, to the jamming of signals, and even the truckloads of trash left by participants. But perhaps the most unfortunate incident was when one of the devotees died due to cardiac arrest, while hundreds of others were also injured.

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From pure appreciation to the most scathing criticism, here’s what netizens had to say about this year’s Traslacion.

Some called out the whole event as practicing fanaticism and idolatry

Others defended their devotion

Of course, there were the usual Pahalik jokes

Some—probably Arena of Valor junkies—were triggered by the signal jam

But we’ll end it with this guy right here, who restored our faith in humanity 

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