CAGAYAN DE ORO - Days before the feast of the Black Nazarene, devotees are now starting to flock to the Shrine of the Black Nazarene in the city.
As the home of the replica of the Black Nazarene from Quiapo, Manila, the shrine has been an alternative pilgrim site of devotees from Visayas and Mindanao.
Alex Bantulan, 65, took the opportunity to visit the shrine and offer prayers.
Bantulan, who suffers from blood and gall bladder complications for years, believes that the Black Nazarene plays a big role in healing his sickness.
Trinidad Dimaano, 50, was also emotional when she visited the shrine. She will be celebrating her birthday on January 9, the same day of the Feast of the Black Nazarene.
She said the Black Nazarene never fails to answer her prayers.
Last year, police estimated 200,00 devotees joined the annual Traslacion in the city. They are expecting more devotees to join this year.