The Black Nazarene image
The Black Nazarene image in Quiapo is a life-sized statue of Jesus Christ in a semi-kneeling position, bearing a cross. It is clad in a (dark) red robe with gold patterns.
The Black Nazarene image is said to be the work of an unknown Mexican artist.
The Black Nazarene has been in the country for a little over 400 years. It was entrusted to a Recollect priest and was brought to Manila from Mexico onboard a galleon in the early 1600s (the first group of Recollect friars arrived in the country in 1606, so the statue could have been with them on that year or a few years later). The ship caught fire at some point during the voyage, damaging the image and causing its dark brown color to turn even darker.
The Black Nazarene is also referred to as "Nuestro Padre Jesus Nazareno" and "Señor".
The Black Nazarene has been housed at the Quiapo Church (Saint John the Baptist Church/ Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene) since 1787.
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source:GMA News/ Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene, Archdiocese of Manila website, PNP, Philippine News Agency