Nazareno devotee dies after fulfilling ‘panata’ PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 10 January 2016 14:39

A 27-year-old man died shortly after joining the procession of the Black Nazarene in Manila Saturday, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) confirmed.

PRC Secretary Gwendolyn Pang said the victim suffered seizure while resting.

“Sumama po siya sa pagpasan, pagbuhat at nagprusisyon. Namamahinga na po siya and doon po siya inatake,” she said.

The victim was already unconscious and without a pulse when doctors reached him, Pang said. They tried but failed to revive him.

The devotees’s companion told doctors that he was suffering from kidney disease. Doctors could not yet confirm if this triggered the seizure.

Many Filipinos believe that the Black Nazarene holds miraculous healing powers, and make lifetime vows to join the annual parade of the ebony statue.

Earlier Saturday, another man died before the start of the annual parade of the centuries-old image of Jesus Christ. The victim suffered heart attack after attending early morning Mass at the Quiapo Church.

The PRC has given medical aid to some 325 devotees so far. Of the total, 197 patients required blood pressure monitoring while the rest sustained minor injuries.

Last year, two devotees died during the traslacion while scores of other individuals were injured.