Trash-lacion: The ‘Nazarene’ procession is one big walking contradiction

Gelo Lasin

A new year has come which means its time once again for the annual ‘Traslacion’. Millions of devotees will come together to march and do their damnest to get to touch the life-sized image of the Black Nazarene.

It’s one of the most notable traditions in Filipino culture. People would literally risk their lives to get to the statue, in an effort to show that yes, they are devoted and that they deserve some sort of positive divine intervention in their lives.

But in spite of the admirable display of faith – which suggests that these people are deeply rooted in their religious values – the attendees seem to forget the most basic of them: which is to clean up after themselves.


It’s also concerning that this habit is getting worse every year, as CNN reports that 385 tons of garbage were collected from the procession in 2018, an 11% increase from 2017.


And it’s not like organizers fell short of preparations of reminders. Attendees were regularly blasted with announcements re: proper trash disposal, and yet to no avail.

It’s one of the most baffling mysteries of my lifetime. How could an entire group of supposedly deeply ‘religious’ individuals be so indifferent and improper? It just doesn’t make any sense.





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