Where the Black Nazarene is called 'Tatay'

Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau

Posted at Jan 09 2018 04:38 PM

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BELLFLOWER, California – Filipinos are keeping the Black Nazarene Feast tradition alive in California.

They call an image of the Black Nazarene as "tatay", the Filipino word for "father". 

Draped in a red robe, it stands about a foot tall but a Filipino community in California believes even bigger things happen for those who never wavered in their faith.
"We're praying for the sick people, problem people, everything, family problem. After we pray they really get the blessing. The answered prayers," said Maria Cordova.

Cordova found the foot-tall Black Nazarene in the Philippines about seven years ago. She decided to keep it and eventually shared it with others. 

"I found it in Las Piñas, in the trash. And now, it's here. That year that I found Him, I was so blessed," she said.

Devotees at the annual Nazarene feast in Bellflower share their own tales and miracles.

"For my grandson, Calvin Roldan, when he was one and a half years old, we brought him to Tatay Nazareno and with his blessing with the help of Maria Cordova he is better now," said devotee Fe Roldan.

The blessings have continued to pour in since. For couple Sarah and Joel Pablo, their blessing came six months ago with the birth of their daughter.

"She is a blessing from God. After three and a half years," said the couple.

In the four years since the first procession, the group that started with a miraculous find and a handful of friends has become a year-round devotion of novenas and visits.

But their biggest celebration comes during this time of the Year on Three Kings Day when they get together in prayer.

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