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Postscript to ‘Monsi’

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I’m glad my favorite cardinal, Chito Tagle, spoke out for retired Quiapo Church rector Josefino “Monsi” Ramirez. Ramirez is mentioned in the Luy files as one of those who had benefited from Janet Napoles’ largesse. Specifically, he was one of those who received a P2.5-million donation for a church program and, additionally, P434,451 in transportation fare for a foreign trip.

Posted: May 28th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

‘Hardly a loving, respectful way to honor the Lord’

We see the piety and fervor of the Filipino devotees to the Black Nazarene enthroned in Quiapo Church every year when its feast is celebrated on Jan. 9. We also noticed the crowds of devotees getting bigger each year; but so, too, the problems confronting city officials in managing them.

Posted: January 30th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Grim harvest

It has become widely known as an awesome display of faith and fervor—a showcase of Filipinos’ profound devotion to an image believed to have wrought miracles in many lives, miracles as wondrous as the healing of a patient deemed “terminal,” or as commonplace as a job that materializes when urgently needed, a folk devotion that commands men (and a number of women) to set out barefoot before first light to take part in a ceremony that begins early in the morning and ends way past midnight, that grows ever bigger, more unwieldy, and more dangerous by the year, that threatens grave injury to devotees, even death.

Posted: January 13th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial | Read More »

Why people turn to saints

Policymakers are to blame why throngs of poor and sick people opt to seek deliverance from the Black Nazarene rather than flock to hospitals for regular medical treatment.

Posted: January 13th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Faith surge

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It was an awe-inspiring sight I saw on TV last week. That was the near-literal sea of humanity filling up every interstice of Quiapo and neighboring parts, sending ripples this way and that as the procession of the Black Nazarene went underway and a multitude pressed on, the more intrepid or unruly clawing their way toward the carriage and clambering aboard.

Posted: January 12th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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