We saw this shrine when we were passing by San Nicholas Street in Binondo. What piqued my interest is the presence of the crucifix and incense sticks at the same place. To add, there are also sampaguita garlands and structure of school of fish above the crucifix. At first glance, it is clearly a fusion of Christian and Chinese beliefs.
We approached the shrine and noted that there are (guide) prayers pasted beside the crucifix. Written on foot of the cross is “Santo Cristo De Longos”. We later found out that the original miraculous image is housed in the side entrance (Ongpin Street) of Binondo church.
I used incense sticks for the second time (the first was in A-ma Temple in Macau) and oddly erred (though I have seen several times in the movies how it should be done) because I burned the other end. Probably I was too consumed that time by the history of Santo Cristo De Longos.
Story tells that a mute-deaf Chinese found the image of the crucified Christ in this particular spot (i.e. it was an old well). Incidentally, he regained his speech after that.
Accepting the miracle, the parish priest of the Church of Hospital De San Gabriel made a cross for the crucified image. When the church was destroyed by the 1883 earthquake, the image was transferred to its current location, Binondo Church.
Something is still unknown to me. Would you know the story/reason why there is a fish design on the shrine?