Tomorrow, January 9, 2013 is the Feast of the Black Nazarene. It commemorates the Traslacion, which refers to the transfer of the image to its shrine in Quiapo Church, Manila. It is attended by million of devotees every year walking barefooted as an act of penance and great devotion to the Nuestro Padre Jesús Nazareno. It is indeed one of the most well-attended fiesta in Metro Manila.
This year, the route of the procession will begin at the Quirino Grandstand at the Luneta, turn right at Katigbak Drive and pass through P. Burgos, turn left at Taft Ave. and cross McArthur Bridge, turn right at Palanca and pass under Quezon Bridge, turn left at Quezon Blvd., right at Fraternal, right at Vergara, left at Duque de Alba, left at Castillejos, left at Farnecio, right at Arlegui, left at Nepomuceno, left at Aguila, right at Carcer, right Hidalgo through Plaza Del Carmen, left Bilibid Viejo through Puyat, left Guzman, right at Hidalgo, left at Barbosa, right at Globo de Oro and under Quezon Bridge, right at Palanca, right at Villalobos and finally go through Plaza Miranda to Quiapo Church.
Schedule of Activities:
January 7, 2013
3:00 PM - Procession of all replicas of the Black Nazarene
January 8, 2013
1:00 PM - Kissing of the replica of the Black Nazarene
7:00 PM - Vigil at the Quirino Grandstand
January 9, 2013
12:00 MN - 4 AM – Vigil at the Quirino Grandstand
6:00 AM - Holy mass to be celebrated by Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle
Meanwhile, Mayor of Manila, Mayor Alfredo Lim ordered suspension of classes in schools along the route of the procession. There will be no classes on the following schools:
- Manila Science High School
- Araullo High School
- Geronimo Santiago Elementary School
- V Mapa High School; Manila High School
- Ramon Avancena High School
- Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila
- Universidad De Manila (previously called City College of Manila)
UST, FEU and San Beda have also already declared suspension of classes in all levels.
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