PRESIDENT Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. expressed hope that Filipinos will remember their deep rooted culture in surpassing challenges in the past amid the Feast of the Black Nazarene celebration.

In a statement, Marcos said the annual tradition of transferring the image of the Black Nazarene from the Quirino Grandstand in Manila to its home at the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene, also known as the Quiapo Church, is a “symbolic movement of our collective earthly journey, finding new meaning in our passions and sufferings as a people.”

“Indeed, it is through our faith that we can conquer the storms that loom ahead of us and bring forth a life filled with grace and steadfastness,” he said.

“May the image of Jesus Christ inspire us to center our existence around love, hope, and compassion as we open up ourselves to others and the world during these extraordinary times. Together, let us embody these values as we write a new chapter in our nation’s narrative so we can altogether usher in an era of peace and prosperity for all,” he added.

The traditional Traslacion, a procession of the Black Nazarene image, commemorates its replica’s transfer from Intramuros to the Quiapo Church in 1767.

It was, however, cancelled over the past two years due to the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.

On Sunday, January 8, 2023, thousands of devotees joined the Walk of Faith, which replaced the Traslacion. (SunStar Philippines)