Manila, Jan. 9 -- Many devotees of the Black Nazarene believe the statue holds miraculous healing powers, but for 54-year-old Mario Francisco, the most rewarding part of joining the annual Traslacion is its own way of building stronger family connections.

While he is aware that the long procession is sacrificial, for him, joining the Traslacion is worthy because it brings his family and neighbors closer.

"It's not about asking more miracles, but it's more on thanking the Black Nazarene for giving us a durable family connection, good health, and stable life. For me, that's already a miracle," he said.

Aside from the deep religious devotion, Francisco said devotees must learn not only to ask for miracles but also to be thankful to the Blac...