Shot, produced and edited this story with my cameraman, Romel Zarate, for this year's coverage of the Feast of the Black Nazarene.
In the last seven years, we've always been on the sidelines of the annual procession -- the biggest in the Philippines -- reporting on the millions of devotees who try to touch the image of the Nazarene which they believe is miraculous. Some devotees also describe it as penance, considering that performing such task could be quite dangerous. They call it "panata" - a religious pledge.
This year, we wanted to document what devotees of the image go through just to climb the carriage that carries the image and why it's important for them to fulfil their promise. We wanted to bring the audience at the centre of the chaotic scene and show them up close what happens around the carriage.
That story aired on TV Patrol and ANC. This online piece for ABS-CBN News Online, titled "Panata", chronicles our day of coverage when we joined a group of devotees in their mission to climb the carriage. The piece shows you some behind-the-scenes footage of what happened before, during and after.
Shot using Nikon D600, GoPro Hero 3+ and GoPro Hero2.
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