Part of Black Nazarene's crown missing?

Posted at 01/10/13 10:28 AM

MANILA, Philippines – A portion of the crown of the Black Nazarene went missing, a radio dzMM report said on Thursday.

Radio dzMM reporter Noel Alamar said he noticed that one of the three "rays" of the crown of the Black Nazarene was already detached when he visited it at the adoration chapel on Thursday morning.

Alamar said one of the "hijos del Nazareno" told him that the portion of the crown went missing during the procession on Wednesday.

"Naibulong sa akin ng isang hijo, nawala iyan habang nasa kasagsagan ng traslacion," Alamar said, referring to the rowdy annual procession that drew some 9 million barefooted devotees scrambling to get in contact with the image that is believed to be miraculous.

The procession of the image ended at around 1:30 a.m., 18 hours after the iconic figure left its starting point at the Quirino Grandstand.

The Philippine National Police estimated that some 9 million devotees participated in the one of the country's biggest Catholic events.

At least 1,428 devotees had been given medical attention, according to the Philippine Red Cross.

Last year's procession, considered to be one of the longest in history, lasted for roughly 22 hours after one of the tires of the Black Nazarene's carriage broke down.

Now on its 406th year, the procession commemorated the feast of the "traslacion" or the transfer of the sacred image from the Recollect Church in Intramuros, Manila to the Quiapo Church in 1787.

The statue was brought to Manila by Augustinian priests from Mexico in 1607, and its dark color is believed to have been caused by it being slightly burnt in a fire aboard the Spanish galleon on which it was being transported.