Quiapo Festival

Bagong Sibol

About the Piece

Far Eastern University, the students’ artistic aptitude is nourished and guided by the competent fine arts faculty and a physical environment conducive to creative work. The FEU student artist finds himself or herself in this locus: a learning institution bejeweled with its collection of artworks and enveloped by the nurturing enclosure of nature.

and non-Christians, gather together in celebration for a festivity in honor of a patron saint or in thanksgiving for a blessing right after the Christmas season comes the Black Nazarene procession and festival held annually on January 9. Enshrined in the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene in the district of Quiapo in Manila, the image of the Black Nazarene is that of the Christ carrying the Cross on the way to his Crucifixion. The image was brought to Manila in the 17th century via a galleon that sailed from Acapulco, Mexico. As to the mystifying color of the image, it is widely believed that the statue was charred in a fire aboard the galleon. A more realistic reason is that the wood is known as mesquite, similar to the wood used for the Virgin of Antipolo. No matter the real answer, numerous are the miracles attributed to the fierce devotion to the Black Nazarene.

  • Artist/s

    Bagong Sibol

  • Date


  • Medium

    Oil on Canvas

  • Dimensions

    74½ x 68¼”

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