Quiapo Church, Manila-- The biggest religious event and celebration in the Philippines-- the Feast of the Black Nazarene or Pista ng Itim na Nazareno-- happens every year on the 9th of January . Beginning with a holy Mass held in honor of the Holy Nazarene on the first Fiday of the year, the celebration culminates with a grand procession where the Black Nazarene, a life-sized, dark-colored sculpture of Jesus Christ, bearing the cross on his shoulder, is the focal point.
The same day each year, thousands of devotees in maroon-colored shirts and several replicas of the dark-colored statue become the usual sight around the Quiapo Church area and its surrounding streets.
August 17, 2010 is when this blog was born and launched into the travel blogosphere. It's barely half-a-year old and already 2010 is over. Before Lakwatsera or I make the first official travel post for 2011, We would like to share our favorite travel pics of 2010. As already mentioned in the About Us page of this blog, Lakwatsera and I are not travel writers or photographers, and for that reason, we are not sharing these pictures because we think they are great or of good technical quality; we simply want to share our own images of places that were most memorable to us in 2010. Because we both keep regular nine-to-fives, we did not have the time to post all of our travels (together and separately) in 2010. Hopefully, 2011 will give us more time to sit and think about the forgotten details of our untold or unshared travel stories. For the meantime, We've rummaged through old files of our combined 2010 travel pictures and would like to share10 of our favorites: