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Brigada: Adventures in Marogondon, Cavite



I was a guest and co-host for this segment of Brigada to feature Maragondon as the next travel and adventure destination near Manila. Go watch and discover what the town can offer for tourism.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Feast of the Black Nazarene 2016–on my way to Quiapo Church (coverage part 2)

Feast of the Black Nazarene 2016 - coverage 2 by Azrael Coladilla

My first plan is to wake up early, attend the mass, do a photo walk and do meet up with Ted Claudio of www.wazzup.ph in Sta Cruz church, then we eat lunch in Ongpin and continue our photo walk and capture the scenes and moments at the procession of the Black Nazarene.

The plan was okay, but the next morning, I realized that I woke up so late hahahah. I sent a PM to Ted and I learned that he woke up late too. So we agreed to meet up after lunch in Sta Cruz church and continue what we have planned.

Feast of the Black Nazarene 2016 - coverage 2 by Azrael Coladilla

I was expecting some traffic along the way but I noticed that the bus traveled so smooth in the congested road of Emilio Aguinaldo highway, Coastal Road and Roxas Blvd. I guess that it was a Saturday and people avoided to go out on that day because of the blockade in Manila caused by the procession of the Black Nazarene.

Usually, the roads will open again in some parts of Manila after the arrival of the procession.

Feast of the Black Nazarene 2016 - coverage 2 by Azrael Coladilla

I wear again my Nazareno shirt, I think it’s a 3 years old shirt and it’s the design that I really like. I have plans to buy a new shirt, but I have to find a colored yellow shirt and a nice drawing of the Black Nazarene

Feast of the Black Nazarene 2016 - coverage 2 by Azrael Coladilla

The only way going to Quiapo is to ride the LRT, it’s the only transport that can help you reach the inner city of Quiapo. LRT Quirino is my 1st drop off and ride going to D. Jose station. Its my usual route every year. I was planning to meet Ted first, but then I told him that I will attend the mass first and then meet him.

Taking the D Jose Route will lead me to Quiapo church on foot. It’s the easiest way going there compare to taking the Carriedo route.

Feast of the Black Nazarene 2016 - coverage 2 by Azrael Coladilla

At the Recto LRT station, I noticed a graveyard of old ticket machine. They are just there and left it to rot.
The old machines were replaced by new ones.

Feast of the Black Nazarene 2016 - coverage 2 by Azrael Coladilla

And this the fate of the old ticket machines… is there a way that we can recycle them?

Feast of the Black Nazarene 2016 - coverage 2 by Azrael Coladilla

Looking the view of Recto…and ohh the Nice Hotel hahah

Feast of the Black Nazarene 2016 - coverage 2 by Azrael Coladilla

At the other side is the old Isetan mall.

Feast of the Black Nazarene 2016 - coverage 2 by Azrael Coladilla

Time to walk to Quiapo church, taking the side walk of Isetan and then Quiapo road.

Feast of the Black Nazarene 2016 - coverage 2 by Azrael Coladilla

First replica of the Nazareno that welcomed us when we arrived in Recto.
As usual, people throw their towels to the image.

Feast of the Black Nazarene 2016 - coverage 2 by Azrael Coladilla

Spotted this kid taking a rest infront of the mall’s vent.
There’s cool air coming out of it and I noticed a lot of people stay here to cool down and relax.

Feast of the Black Nazarene 2016 - coverage 2 by Azrael Coladilla

People come in and out of the streets
They are everywhere and all of them came from Feast of the Black Nazarene

Feast of the Black Nazarene 2016 - coverage 2 by Azrael Coladilla

This guy takes a nice rest after sleepless nights after observing the procession

Feast of the Black Nazarene 2016 - coverage 2 by Azrael Coladilla

Silk screen made towels with design of Jesus is being sold in the streets of Quiapo.

Feast of the Black Nazarene 2016 - coverage 2 by Azrael Coladilla

There are some arts and craft décor sold in the sidewalk. The guy uses a Tulip paint to do a plate décor.

Feast of the Black Nazarene 2016 - coverage 2 by Azrael Coladilla

Some guy managed to padlock his bike at the railing of the under pass

Feast of the Black Nazarene 2016 - coverage 2 by Azrael Coladilla

the under pass road the connects Quiapo to Sta Cruz Manila and Espana.

Feast of the Black Nazarene 2016 - coverage 2 by Azrael Coladilla

Spotted a couple doing a selfie

Feast of the Black Nazarene 2016 - coverage 2 by Azrael Coladilla

A blind guitar player and singer serenades the crowd once more. Im not sure if he is the same guy I see here every year.

Feast of the Black Nazarene 2016 - coverage 2 by Azrael Coladilla

The Black Nazarene shirts on the streets are selling like pancakes.
And ohh that banner…

Feast of the Black Nazarene 2016 - coverage 2 by Azrael Coladilla

Spotted a group of street sweepers cleaning the the sidewalk
They carry a push trolly carrying tons of garbage.

Feast of the Black Nazarene 2016 - coverage 2 by Azrael Coladilla

A guy carries his mini statue of the Black Nazarene

Feast of the Black Nazarene 2016 - coverage 2 by Azrael Coladilla

I took a pic of this lady because I saw that the color combination of the shirt is good
I still like the yellow shirt, but combining it with brown at the sleeve looks better.
I tried to look for this design on the street but its hard to track where she got this

Feast of the Black Nazarene 2016 - coverage 2 by Azrael Coladilla

Plain maroon shirt

Feast of the Black Nazarene 2016 - coverage 2 by Azrael Coladilla

Toys attracted me.. hahhah its hard to miss this toy seller at the streets of Quiapo
Fake LEGO are sold at PHP 150 each
The Star Wars line is so neat….

Feast of the Black Nazarene 2016 - coverage 2 by Azrael Coladilla

Behind me…the under pass and the view of a passing MRT

Feast of the Black Nazarene 2016 - coverage 2 by Azrael Coladilla

It was 1pm already and I was so hungry…I have to attend the mass first
eating street food at this busy and crowded area is a big no no for me.
This fishballs looks yummy..hay

Feast of the Black Nazarene 2016 - coverage 2 by Azrael Coladilla

I think this is the cheapest Black Nazarene merchandise

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More merchandise and memorabilia of the Black Nazarene


Feast of the Black Nazarene 2016 - coverage 2 by Azrael Coladilla

Welcome to the Mercato area of Quiapo
There’s kwek kwek, kikiam, fishballs, fresh buko juice, bibingka and puto sold at this long stretch of Quiapo

Feast of the Black Nazarene 2016 - coverage 2 by Azrael Coladilla

Before I get busy… I need to have a selfie first.

Feast of the Black Nazarene 2016 - coverage 2 by Azrael Coladilla

I wonder which mall?
The pambahay shorts looks good na din
I posted in my blog last year that Im in the search of the best and cheapest pambahay shorts.
I guess this is a good venue to shop for cheap shorts

Feast of the Black Nazarene 2016 - coverage 2 by Azrael Coladilla

An Indian guy is giving away free bottled water to the devotees of the Black Nazarene.
The crowd went at him asking for water. The Indian guy just hands over it to people who needs it.
He carries a big plastic bag filled with bottled water. I think he is a business man in Raon that gives back to the community.

Feast of the Black Nazarene 2016 - coverage 2 by Azrael Coladilla

Fruit and macaroni salad
Bakit ang dami masasarap ng pagkain dito sa Quiapo ahhaahh


Feast of the Black Nazarene 2016 - coverage 2 by Azrael Coladilla

Uy Aldub fever!
The lady seller smiled at me and she loves my Tagaytay City hat, it reminds her of CAvite daw.

Feast of the Black Nazarene 2016 - coverage 2 by Azrael Coladilla

Bronze painted statues
they are good ha. Im not sure if a wood sculpture or a resin mold.
Sana pala bumili ako, mura naman pala

I just pan my camera and shot kasi.
I didn’t got a time to stop, because I need to walk fast and reach the church for the mass
Para after the mass, I can eat my lunch
Gutom na kaya hahahaa

Feast of the Black Nazarene 2016 - coverage 2 by Azrael Coladilla

The poster ad is very annoying
Sana related to the Feast of the Black Nazarene.
The local govt sana should regulate this

Feast of the Black Nazarene 2016 - coverage 2 by Azrael Coladilla

Then I felt that Im in a safe place when I spotted our hard working army men on stand by here in Quiapo

Feast of the Black Nazarene 2016 - coverage 2 by Azrael Coladilla

Tshirt seller and buyer trying to close deal

Feast of the Black Nazarene 2016 - coverage 2 by Azrael Coladilla

I think the overpass at Raon is a holding area and station for our policemen.


Feast of the Black Nazarene 2016 - coverage 2 by Azrael Coladilla

Im just checking for a nice sando my son Ashton.
But we have the good designs already.

Feast of the Black Nazarene 2016 - coverage 2 by Azrael Coladilla

The new and trending tshirt designs are these rubberized iron on design shirts
But its expensive.. PHP 160+ daw

Feast of the Black Nazarene 2016 - coverage 2 by Azrael Coladilla

Miniature statue of the Black Nazarene

Feast of the Black Nazarene 2016 - coverage 2 by Azrael Coladilla

People from various regions of the county are here carrying their own mini statue and andas of the Black Nazarene

Feast of the Black Nazarene 2016 - coverage 2 by Azrael Coladilla

This group is from the Kaunlaran center
I think its in Caloocan city. tama?

Feast of the Black Nazarene 2016 - coverage 2 by Azrael Coladilla

Our army men are here assisting the public in using that steel ladder and bridge that leads to them to the other side of the island barrier.

Its my first time to see that the local govt installed those steel ladder. Its an easy access to the public to transfer to other side and instead of climbing the island that leads to injuries.

good job Manila!

The blogger

Azrael Coladilla is the blogger and founder of Azrael's Merryland Blog. This blog started as a personal blog in 2003, and then converted the blog into a lifeblog about his interest and reporting about pop culture, lifestyle, entertainment, technology, food, travel, toys, outdoor adventure, internet and social media. Awarded as the 2009 Most Influential Blogger for Luzon, Philippines, awarded by the Philippine Blog Awards. He is the founder of several online communities - Manila Bloggers Network, PBNetwork PH, Oh My Food! community, Cavite Bloggers, Travel and Blog Community, and Philippine ToyCon. He loves to travel, explore, discover, eat new food, document and record his life, meet new people, do photography and collects Transformers toys.


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