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Manila's Black Nazarene procession January 10, 2018

An estimated six million Filipino Catholics joined the annual procession of the image of the Black Nazarene in Manila that lasted 22 hours this year.

The procession, dubbed "traslacion," commemorates the "solemn transfer" in 1787 of the Nazarene image from a chapel in the old city of Manila to Quiapo church.

Authorities estimated that at least 18 million people attended this year's feast, which is considered one of the biggest religious events in Asia.

At least one devotee reportedly died of heart attack after going up the carriage carrying the image of the Black Nazarene.

Medical responders said at least a thousand people suffered hypertension and minor injuries.

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