IN PHOTOS: Nazareno's 'Pahalik' draws over 24,000 devotees
MANILA - More than 24,000 Filipino Catholics braved long lines under the scorching sun to attend the traditional "Pahalik" or kissing of the Black Nazarene statue at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila Sunday.
The four-century-old ebony statue of Jesus Christ was transferred to the grandstand from its home in Quiapo Church at around 11 p.m. Saturday.
The Pahalik opened for an hour at 2 a.m. Sunday. Many devotees slept in the grandstand to wait for the Pahalik to resume at 8 a.m.
As of 1 p.m., there were around 24,000 devotees waiting in line to kiss and touch the icon, according to a police tally.
Millions more of devotees are expected to attend the 7.5-kilometer "traslacion" or grand procession of the Black Nazarene from the grandstand back to the Quiapo Church on Monday morning.
Browse this gallery for photos of Sunday's Pahalik.