011913 The Urban Tracker (In Manila): Collective Hope From Moriones To Wagas

Gangnam craze hit Moriones festivity

he Gangnam bang has struck and bitten even the onlookers and passersby of the en grande parade of Sto Nino here in Moriones. Dropping by the Moriones Park  from Pajo, the beat was ferreting out in every street corner with myself randoming with others who joined  among  thousands of Tondo fandoms signing up yearly in this scampering parade.

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The many faces of Sto. Nino image
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Kids on stand by at Plaza Ferguson
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Bunch of images in the cartwheel
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Sponsor festoon the inner alleyways
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Arch welcomer feting Sto. Nino
All participants assembled along the Moriones loitered and almost swallowed the street of Moriones  in stand by for a signal. The streets going to interiors are decorated and festooned to flaunt its time for fiesta.  The motorists are avoiding this part for fear to get stuck as carriages of fashioned Sto. Nino’s already parked on streets. In Plaza Moriones meanwhile the participating kids are hanging it out in the Cry of Tondo monument together with the rest of  barangay representatives who are wearing uniform colored theme and each rehearsing dance steps.  The Ati-atihan revelers, musicians, bands,  and impersonators all mixed up conspiring ready for the turn-out of the next moment.

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Sto. Nino image carriers never mind the burden
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In Wagas, residents carry the images by tradition
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Venerating the Sto. Nno replica
In Wagas street,  the motion is up there as the procession has now kicked off for the venerated image of Sto. Nino being manned by devotees. I see girls taking turns carrying the burden. All the windows of the neighborhood are open, all with their images propped with them. Then there’s Mayor Lim who flashes on a smile as policeman band orchestrate again a Gangnam style tune to the march of the participants. I got caught in the middle of the walking crowd all heads up carrying their own image of fashioned Sto. Nino, proudly waving it and making it follow the beat of the band.  This is madness but I guess a professing adoration for this tradition is linked to innermost faith. Their deep devotion has blessed them in miraculous and certain ways that they cannot contain behaving this way.

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Following the parade on the back
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The street filled up with Sto. Nino revelers
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The bandstand drummer in uniform of the beat
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Checking in with he elusive everlasting 
I followed the parade as they make way out of Wagas to Moriones signaling all the waiting participants to assemble on their blocking marking the procession start. I made my way to a safe zone where people were now scrambling to get a spot on the street lining up for the remaining hours of procession. And so the army of revelers began.

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Colorful performances in batches
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Sto. Nino mysticism never goes out of style
It's pretty hard at first to understand the infection of  Sto. Nino in the lives of Moriones revelers. But in a way its a form of thanksgiving, a part of Pinoy's festive blood. These people may have simple requests and some unspoken pains that they all want to channel in their prayers to the child wonder.  There's  hope so collective floating among these people's struggle translating and leaving the street on fire.
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