This photo series depicts the faith and devotion of Filipinos from different walks of life during the Feast of Black Nazarene in Manila, Philippines. Amidst hectic celebration, devotees are striving to touch the image of Black Nazarene with the belief that their prayers can be granted. The congestion, stampede, heat and exhaustion might cause injuries and even casualty in the grand procession.
“Art is a product of imagination, passion and inspiration…” The quotation embodies the artistic soul of Jophel Botero Ybiosa. Born and raised in Culiat, Quezon City to a simple family, Jophel is an inspiring Filipino visual artist and youth advocate. He brought major international awards for the country and his primary mission is to showcase to the world the inherent beauty and meaningful story of the Philippines through artistic works. He finished his secondary studies in Culiat High School with a Youth Leadership Excellence Award from Philippine Jaycees and Department of Education (DepEd) and graduated as Most Outstanding Student of Polytechnic University of the Philippines - College of Communication in 2007. He wrote and directed documentaries for the Liwanag ng Kapayapaan Foundation and Robin C. Padilla Productions. He also taught Art Appreciation among the scholars of LKF. As an artist, he shares his talent in photography, abstract painting and performance art. His abstract painting entitled, "Flying High the Filipino Dreams" won the Excellent Prize in the 2011 Global Youth Artistic Competition in Los Angles, U.S.A. He presented his performance art depicting socially - relevant issues in some significant venues like Cultural Center of the Philippines, Art Association of the Philippines – Kanlungan ng Sining, Quirino Grandstand, GSIS Museum, Rizal Park, Conspiracy Bar and Art Center-SM Megamall. Known for his keen eye for composition and visually – arresting images; freedom, style and passion are best known qualities that reflect on Ybiosa’s bodies of work. One of his famous techniques in Photography is the creative use of mirror in reflecting and framing a subject. He represented his country and emerged victorious in international competitions: *Highly Commended Award in Landscape and Events Category, The Societies Image Competition 2015 (United Kingdom) *Honorable Mention, The ASC Art Showdown 2015 (U.S.A.) *Finalist, Baltic Biennale of Photography 2015