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Jan. 9 is the Feast of the Black Nazarene in the
Each year, the sight of this sea of men heaving and inching their way toward the church, where the statue will rest, is awe-inspiring. Few events in this country underscore the deep Catholic faith in Filipinos. This year, devotees to the Black Nazarene are expected to increase as replicas of the statue have been distributed to other cities for the first time.
For a journalist like myself, covering a country with such a colorful religious tradition can be fascinating. The
Add to all this its experience with imperialism (mainly with Spain and the U.S., briefly with Japan; or what some historians had described as “300 years in a Spanish convent and 50 years in Hollywood) and we have a country that is at once unique but conflicted, constantly in a flux but not quite going anywhere.
To journalists enthralled by these contradictions, such is the mystique of the