Puerto Princesa - While millions of Black Nazarene devotees are expected to participate in the yearly Traslacion in Manila, others around the country unable to travel to the capital will pay tribute in their own areas.
At the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Puerto Princesa, Catholics will honor the Nazarene through a mass, followed by a procession. The difference, however, is that instead of a black image, devotees here chose a "white" image of Christ.
According to Feast of Nazarene Chairman JR Palanca Golifardo, the White Nazarene has been significant to residents in the city since World War II.
Historical accounts said that after the war, the Cathedral was devastated, but it was considered a great miracle when the image of the White Nazarene and the Immaculate Conception survived the war without any damage.
Until now, religious in Palawan have not determined when and where the White Nazarene was made.
A carving on the image's back said that it came from Madrid, Spain, donated to the Catholic Church 1926 and was brought to Manila on February 18, 1939.
Despite the uncertain history of the White Nazarene, the devotees focus on the good example of the Nazarene such as its simplicity and how Jesus remained faithful despite his trials, which depicts the life of the people, especially the poor.
On Monday, January 9, the mass will be held at the cathedral and will be followed by a procession and traditional "pahalik."