MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The image of the Black Nazarene of Quiapo will be passing through a different route for this year's Traslacion, following recommendations on the most stable bridge that can bear the brunt of millions of devotees that participate in the annual procession.
One major change is that the Traslacion will now go through the Ayala Bridge instead of the usual Jones Bridge. The Department of Public Works and Highways recommended the Ayala Bridge as the safest bridge to cross since the Jones Bridge had recently been retrofitted.
The annual religious procession which attracts millions of devotees begins 5 am on January 9.
For this year, the andas (carriage) of the Black Nazarene will go through the following route:
Another change this year is that police will be barricading the procession, forming a 2,100-strong 'andas wall' to facilitate the movement of the Nazareno.
Fourteen prayer stations will also be installed for the Feast of the Black Nazarene. At these stations, devotees can pray the novena, have their religious items blessed, and sing religious songs.
The DOH said each prayer station wil also be an emergency medical station.
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A mammoth throng of barefoot devotees take part in the annual Traslacion, a procession that takes the statue of the Black Nazareno from Quirino Grandstand to its permanent home in Quiapo Church. – Rappler.com
Loreben Tuquero is a researcher-writer for Rappler. Before transferring to Rappler's Research team, she covered transportation, Quezon City, and the Department of the Interior and Local Government as a reporter. She graduated with a communication degree from the Ateneo de Manila University.