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What is Traslacion?

Words by Clyde Ericson Nolasco

Photo by JP Gonzalo


TRASLACION is a Spanish word that means “moving something from one place to another.”

The original image of the Black Nazarene was brought to the Philippines from Mexico. Tradition says that it was first enshrined in Intramuros and then eventually moved, presumably in a festive traslacion, to Quiapo.

In spite of the inaccurate details of its history, whether the Black Nazarene originally came from Intramuros or from Quiapo, thousands to even millions of people have gathered and continue to devotedly gather every January 9 to join the Translacion, a procession enacted to commemorate the first “transfer” that happened on January 9, 1787.

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