Do you know that there’s extra to the Black Nazarene than the one in Quiapo? Within the distant municipality of Capalonga, Camarines Norte, there exists one other revered Black Nazarene that pulls hordes of devotees each Might. Nestled inside the Diocesan Shrine of Jesus, this centuries-old non secular icon attracts pilgrims from each close to and much, regardless of being located roughly 285 kilometers away from Manila. As soon as guests pay their respects to this miraculous picture, they’ll delve into the exhilarating ecotourism adventures that await on this picturesque coastal city.
Capalonga: A Hidden Gem
Capalonga, an enthralling third class municipality positioned within the northwest area of Camarines Norte, boasts a wealthy historical past. It’s believed that the unique inhabitants of the realm have been the Agtas and Dumagats, who resided in a settlement known as “Apalong.” The city derived its identify from the Palong Manok or cockscomb flower (Celosia cristata), which nonetheless thrives abundantly in Capalonga to this present day.
In recent times, the native authorities has made vital enhancements to the highway community, linking the city to its neighboring Labo through a well-paved 39-kilometer nationwide highway by means of Silang. This improvement has facilitated the direct transportation of locals and guests through air-conditioned buses. Whereas ongoing efforts to reinforce tourism infrastructure are nonetheless underway, Capalonga is now extra accessible than ever earlier than.
The Mysterious Capalonga Black Nazarene
With the improved highway system, Capalonga has been in a position to accommodate roughly 250 busloads of devotees throughout its non secular fiesta held yearly on Might 12–13 in honor of the revered Black Nazarene, domestically often known as the “poong Nazareno.” Regardless of being centuries outdated, the precise origins of the Capalonga Black Nazarene stay shrouded in thriller. Nevertheless, three theories have emerged (supply):
- One intriguing account tells of a floating pink sap found within the ocean, which was finally carved into the picture of the kneeling Christ. As time handed, the sap dried up, turning the picture black.
- In keeping with one other idea, a faithful Dumagat tribe member carved the picture of the Black Nazarene, impressed by their tribal colours.
- The third model means that the picture was merely discovered washed ashore on an islet and dropped at the church.
No matter its true origin, devotees firmly imagine within the miraculous powers of the Capalonga Black Nazarene, attributing it to the power to bestow “good well being, fortune, and lengthy life,” significantly upon the Chinese language-Filipino group.
Shrine of Jesus and a Mix of Religions
Apparently, the Diocesan Shrine of Jesus, which was initially devoted to St. Lucy, the Virgin, and Martyr, gained prominence because it turned the official shrine of Jesus, the Black Nazarene, in 1984 (supply). This distinctive place of worship showcases the harmonious coexistence of various non secular practices. Simply behind the parish, one can discover a Chinese language temple—a current addition to the positioning, having been established round two years in the past. This fusion of religions mirrors the Chinoys’ follow of displaying each the picture of Buddha and Christ of their houses and companies.
Sibol Capalonga: A Blossoming Paradise
Whereas the Black Nazarene has undoubtedly put Capalonga on the map as a pilgrimage vacation spot, the municipality’s breathtaking landscapes are equally deserving of consideration. Even upon coming into the city, the Sibol Capalonga Marker greets guests with a park that overlooks the scenic mouth of the Balaong River, together with beautiful sandbars and seashores. The Capalonga Tourism Data workplace is conveniently located right here, together with cozy gazebos good for leisurely picnics.
Throughout our temporary go to, we had the chance to discover the city’s baywalk, the place an iconic tower stands, and an enthralling small-town carnival close by. Throughout the river, close to the church, lies an unlimited mangrove forest—the most important in Camarines Norte by way of space.
The native tourism officer tantalized us with tales of the 26 documented waterfalls in Capalonga, 9 of that are already accessible to guests. Journey seekers can conquer the peaks of Mount Samat, whereas seaside lovers can take pleasure in the fantastic thing about Pulong Guijanlo sandbar island and different scenic seashores and rock formations.
Actually residing as much as its tagline of “Sibol Capalonga” (which suggests “to develop”), this municipality is flourishing not solely as a pilgrimage vacation spot but additionally as an rising ecotourism haven. The hidden gems of Capalonga are slowly receiving the popularity they deserve, beckoning vacationers to discover their fascinating wonders.
Ferdz Decena is an award-winning journey photographer, author and blogger. His works has discovered print in publications resembling Singapore Airways’s Silver Kris, Philippine Airways’ Mabuhay, Cebu Pacific’s Smile and Seair InFlight. He has additionally lent his experience to varied organizations just like the Oceana Philippines, Lopez Group Basis, Save the Youngsters and World Imaginative and prescient, contributing high quality pictures for his or her advertising supplies.