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Millions Of Filipinos Troop Out To Celebrate Black Jesus

Millions of barefoot devotees on Monday joined the largest religious event in the Philippines to honour a centuries-old statue of Jesus Christ despite warnings that Islamist extremists might attack the gathering.

Thousands of police officers and soldiers were deployed to guard the feast of the Black Nazarene in central Manila, the highlight of which is a day-long procession that traverses nearly six kilometers.

The US, Britain and Australia warned their citizens to stay away from the procession after authorities said extremists who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State might retaliate for the killing of a leader last week.

The threat, however, did not stop the huge crowd of people from coming out into the streets to offer prayers to the Black Nazarene, which is believed to be miraculous.

“The Poon will protect us,” said Eric Salazar, 46, referring to the Black Nazarene with the name used by devotees. “He will not allow anything bad to happen to us because of our devotion.”

Salazar, who has been a devotee since he was a child, came to the procession with more than a dozen neighbours.

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  • Kenny D Osonwa

    Black Jesus kwa….. Things happens

  • chichinwaafrica

    At least none black people knows Jesus is not a white blonde but black,……Good one!

  • emekachilaka

    Nothing I will not hear

  • WillieBravo

    Well, good thing there was no terrorist attack on the said day.

  • Mezzy Gilbert

    Smh

  • Cornel Nwankwo

    They stood strong to their faith even when they got when they got warnings of attack criminals Islamic extremists.
    May God guide them

  • comrade segun

    This peeps no well

  • Olovo Obinna

    Lol…no be small thing oh…happy celebration to them anyway…