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|PHOTOS| After 37 years, Capalonga's Black Nazarene gets restored

Capalonga Black Nazarene
Photo by Kgd. Manny Jacob

CAPALONGA, Camarines Norte--After 37 long years, the statue of the Black Nazarene was rehabilitated.

To prevent its further deterioration, a group of artisans, led by actor Leandro Baldemor, was invited to sculpt and fix the damaged parts of the image.  

Most of the parts of the original image were retained like the hands, feet, hair, and head. The  trunk and upper thigh, however, were replaced by a sturdier piece of wood.

The same group also brought a replica of the image, which was blessed by Bishop Gilbert Garcera.

Present to witness the process of restoration were town officials Mayor Senandro Jalgalado, Melchor Fulgueras, Dorvin Oliva, and Councilor Gregorio Mendoza Jacob, Jr.

To this day, the story behind the religious statue remains a mystery.

One version says that the image was washed ashore.

Another states that it was a log, which had a red sap, which was seen floating on the sea. After the image was carved, the color of the wood turned ebony.

In yet another version, the image was carved by a Dumagat, who made the image dark-skinned like himself and his people.

The statue of the Black Nazarene of Capalonga draws throngs of devotees every year on its feast day.
--BICOLSTANDARD.COM


Capalonga Black Nazarene
Photo by Kgd. Manny Jacob

Capalonga Black Nazarene
Photo by Kgd. Manny Jacob

Capalonga Black Nazarene
Photo by Kgd. Manny Jacob

Capalonga Black Nazarene
Photo by Kgd. Manny Jacob

Capalonga Black Nazarene
Photo by Kgd. Manny Jacob
Capalonga Black Nazarene
Photo by Kgd. Manny Jacob
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