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Nazarene feast: 2 dead, 1,200 injured

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MANILA, Philippines – Two men died while over 1,200 were injured and treated for various conditions during Saturday’s Black Nazarene procession that drew over a million devotees.

During the procession, devotees traditionally jostled to get closer to the image of the Black Nazarene which they believe to be miraculous.

Devotee, Alex Fulyedo, 27 of Sampaloc, Manila suffered from cardiac arrest and died on arrival at the Ospital ng Maynila at 12:44 p.m., said Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Chair Richard “Dick” Gordon.

READ: Man, 27, dies during Nazarene procession

Fulyedo, after joining the Black Nazarene procession, reportedly had a seizure and collapsed at 11:30 a.m. while trying to rest on the sidewalk.

The PRC responders tried to revive Fulyedo, who was diagnosed with chronic liver disease two years ago, but did not make it to the hospital.

Fifty-year-old Mauro Arabit, a candle vendor along Evangelista Street, Quiapo, Manila, also died due to acute coronary syndrome.

He was rushed to the Jose Reyes Hospital by a medical team in Quiapo but died at 2:21 a.m. Saturday.

The PRC reported that as of 6 p.m. Saturday, its personnel and volunteers treated at least 1,277 people for various conditions, including cuts, bruises, hypertension and dizziness.

RELATED: 'Traslacion' injury toll grows to 1,253, says Red Cross

ALEX FULYEDO

BLACK NAZARENE

CHAIR RICHARD

EVANGELISTA STREET

FULYEDO

GORDON

JOSE REYES HOSPITAL

MAURO ARABIT

MAYNILA

PHILIPPINE RED CROSS

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