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Black Nazarene devotees in Bataan hold own rites
By Ernie B. Esconde

Jan 09, 2018

BALANGA CITY -- Devotees of the Black Nazarene in Bataan were almost ready on Monday for the “pahalik” and procession of the replica of the Image on Tuesday.

Family and friends of Jimmy Mangalindan, a local radio broadcaster, were busy preparing small towels and candles for distribution to procession participants.

The “andas” or carriage has been fixed and cleaned while the Image was given a new garment.

Mangalindan, owner of the image, said they have been conducting the celebration for already seven years.

“The number of devotees in Bataan is growing every year and they chose to hold their devotion in Balanga fi nding it hard to go to Quiapo and the Quirino Grandstand in Manila,” he said.

There will be “pahalik” of the image at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Plaza Mayor in Balanga and Holy Mass at 5:15 p.m. at the Saint Joseph Cathedral, followed by procession around the city.

Mangalindan said the small towels and candles came from donors.

“This year’s them of the celebration is ‘Kapayapaan sa Sandaigdigan para sa may Karamdaman at Kahilingan’,” he said.

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