I promised to my mother that we will go to the Quiapo Church and we will visit the Luneta Park after my first hike at Mt. Mamara which is located at Tanay, Rizal. Unfortunately, on the day before our hike (July 08, 2016), the Municipality of Tanay announces that all mountains climbing and other outdoor activities, especially in the upland areas are temporarily suspended due to bad weather brought by typhoon Butchoy. To shift my mood from being disappointed, I told my mother that we can already attend the mass and she quickly agreed.
Second Sunday of July 2016. I woke at around 05:30 AM and prepared myself for this day. We rode in a jeepney bound to Blumentritt and descended in the area where the other jeepneys going to Quiapo stay and wait for its passengers. Before we can sit in the jeep, we need to pay first and asked for the white chips which serve as a ticket.
It’s my first to attend the mass in Quiapo. What makes it more unique is I was with mother.
Quiapo Church is one of Manila’s most famous Churches and the home of the Black Nazarene. It has been a witness in the various events in the life of the many people According to the history; it has been around 400 years. It was built by the Franciscans in 1586 using bamboo and nipa materials. Some parts have been rebuilt or added as the time goes by.
There are many vendors who sell replica of saints, candles, rosaries, booklets for novenas and rosary and other holy materials. There are also children and some are adults who came near to us and sell Sampaguita, the Philippines National flower, while we were falling in line to touch the feet of the Black Nazarene. I bought one which cost Php 20 and offer it on the Black Nazarene.
Just always remember to be more careful on what things we are going to buy because some vendors will insist their things even if you said no.