A man died while participating the annual Black Nazarene procession in Quiapo, Manila on Friday, January 9, 2015, Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management chief Johhny Wu confirmed the death.
Renato Gorion succumbed to a heart attack after collapsing just as the andas of the Black Nazarene was leaving the Quirino Grandstand.
Gorio was declared dead on arrival at the Manila Doctors Hospital along UN Avenue at around 9 a.m.
Thousands of devotees trooped to Manila on Friday to catch a glimpse of or touch the statue of the Black Nazerene as it was carried down the streets of Quiapo.
Former Vice President Noli de Castro was also present, fulfilling his vow or panata to walk on bended knees from the door of the Quiapo Church to the altar.
The annual “traslacion” or the procession of the religious image through the streets of Manila which starts from the Quirino Grandstand until it returns back to the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene (also known as the Quiapo Church).
This year’s translacion created a delay of nearly two hours, but finally got underway past 8 a.m. Friday. Earlier post from the management of Quiapo Church said that the procession will start at 6:16 a.m., after the morning prayers.