19M devotees seen to participate in Feast of Black Nazarene

  • Written by Itchie G. Cabayan
  • Published in Metro
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AT least 19 million devotees are expected to participate in the 10-day series of activities lined up
for the celebration of the annual Feast of the Black Nazarene this year.

Supt. Lucille Faycho of the Manila Police District said that beginning January 5, the number
of policemen who will be securing the vicinity of the Quiapo Church will be doubled and that signal
jammers will again be used during the ‘Traslacion.’
It was learned that the activities began on Dec. 31, 2017 via a thanksgiving procession,
followed by a nine-day novena which will end on January 8 at 5:45 p.m.
Reverend Monsignor Hernando Coronal, parish priest of the Minor Basilica, said there will be
a replica procession in various parts of the country on January 7.
Meanwhile, the technical working committee in charge of the ‘Traslacion’ said that the
procession had slight changes. Instead of passing by the eastbound lane of P. Burgos and Lagusnilad
from Quirino Grandstand, the procession will use the westbound lane of P. Burgos because it is safer
and wider.
Based on previous experience, TWC head Alex Irasga said the route starting from the National
Museum area to Lagusnilad had always been a bottleneck area. From Padre Burgos, the procession will
turn left to Taft Avenue, straight to  Jones Bridge, right to Dasmariñas Street, right to Plaza Sta.
Cruz, left to Carlos Palanca under the  Quezon Bridge, left to Quezon Boulevard, right to Arlegui
Street, right to Fraternal Street, right to Vergara Street, left to Duque de Alba Street, left to
Castillejos Street, left to Farnecio Street, right to Arlegui Street, left to Nepomuceno Street, left
to Concepcion Aguila Street, right to Carcer Street, right to Hidalgo straight to Plaza Del Carmen,
left Bilibid Viejo straight to Puyat Street, left De Guzman Street, right Hidalgo Street, left
Barbosa (Bautista Street), right Globo de Oro under Quezon Bridge, right Palanca Street, right
Villalobos then straight to Plaza Miranda going to the Quiapo Church.
From 12 midnight of January 9, all vehicles from Quezon City going to España Boulevard may
turn right on P. Campa Street, left Mendoza Street, right Fugoso Street, right Recto Avenue or left
Nicanor Reyes Street, then right to Recto Avenue to point of destination.
Vehicles from Legarda may turn right to C.M. Recto Avenue or left to Mendiola Street to point
of destination.
Those from Caloocan City may go straight to Rizal Avenue and right to Fugoso Street or Recto
Avenue to destination point while heavy vehicles and cargo trucks may use Osmeña going to President
Quirino Avenue and Nagtahan via Lacson Avenue up to Capulong Street.
Buses from the northbound lane of Taft Avenue may turn right to San Fernando Street or make a
U-turn to Plaza Ruiz to point of destination.
Vehicles from the southbound lane of Reina Regente Street may turn right to San Fernando
Street or make a U-turn at Plaza Ruiz to point of destination.
Light vehicles passing through Bonifacio Drive and the southbound lane of Roxas Boulevard and
Anda Circle may use Delpan or Moriones to destination point.