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Nazareno returns to Quiapo Church after 22 hours

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The image of the Black Nazarene returned to Quiapo Church on Wednesday, January 10, ending a 22-hour procession that began at the Quirino Grandstand.

The Nazareno image entered the Quiapo Church at around 3:05 am on Wednesday.

The procession began at the Quirino Grandstand at around 5 am on Tuesday, January 9.

The 17th-century image entered Quiapo Church a bit earlier than in 2017, when the procession ended around 3:30 am of January 10.

According to Manila Police District chief Joel Coronel, 6.314 million devotees joined the Black Nazarene procession this year.

The Black Nazarene statue, crowned with thorns and bearing a cross, was brought to Manila by Augustinian priests in 1607. (WATCH: 2018 Feast of the Black Nazarene of Quiapo)

It is also believed to have been partially burnt and blackened when the galleon carrying it caught fire on a voyage from Mexico, another Spanish colony at the time. – Rappler.com

Related video: Mary 'meets' Jesus at San Sebastian Church

Paterno R. Esmaquel II

Paterno R. Esmaquel II, news editor of Rappler, specializes in covering religion and foreign affairs. He obtained his MA Journalism degree from Ateneo and later finished MSc Asian Studies (Religions in Plural Societies) at RSIS, Singapore. For story ideas or feedback, email him at pat.esmaquel@rappler.com.

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