View from the ground: Reaching the Black Nazarene carriage

Posted at 01/11/14 5:35 PM

MANILA -- In the last seven years, we've always been on the sidelines of the annual procession of the image of the Black Nazarene -- the biggest in the Philippines -- reporting on the millions of devotees who try to touch the image of the dark-skinned Jesus Christ which they believe is miraculous.

Some devotees describe it as penance, considering that performing such task could be quite dangerous. They call it "panata" -- a religious pledge.

This year, we wanted to document what devotees of the image go through just to climb the "andas" that carries the image and why it's important for them to fulfill their promise. We wanted to bring the audience at the center of the chaotic scene and show them up close what happens around the carriage.

Titled "Panata", this piece for ABS-CBNnews.com chronicles our day of coverage when we joined a group of devotees in their mission to climb the carriage. The piece shows you some behind-the-scenes footage of what happened before, during and after.

I shot, produced and edited this story with my cameraman, Romel Zarate, for this year's coverage of the Feast of the Black Nazarene.

Panata from Jeff Canoy on Vimeo.