The Republic of the Philippines established diplomatic ties with Mexico on April 23, 1953. Furthermore, the Philippines – Mexico relations go back centuries before both countries became free and independent nations. Our roots go back to Galleon Trade.
The Black Nazarene in the Philippines
Black Nazarene, the patron saint of Quiapo is a "blackened" icon of Jesus Christ carrying a cross. The statue is a replica of the original wooden icon, which was not black. According to one tale; Spanish missionaries, brought the icon to Manila aboard a ship. On its way to Manila, the ship caught fire and the Nazarene got burned. Despite its condition, the people, kept the charred Nazarene for worship. Since then, rniraculous things occurred in the place. The feast of the Black Nazarene is the Philippines' largest religious festival. Catholics come from all .over Manila hoping that they will be able to get close enough to touch the image and receive a miracle. To touch the Nazarene, a cloth is rubbed on the statue and is believed to cure illnesses.