Every January 9, the roads of the City of Manila are filled with devotees and pilgrims to celebrate the Feast of the Black Nazarene. Also known as "Pista ng Itim na Nazareno ng Quiapo", it is considered as one of the most-attended and highly-anticipated religious gatherings in the catholic church. Every year, millions of devotees and pilgrims join the procession of the Black Nazarene to commemorate the "Traslacion" or the transfer of the miraculous image of the Black Nazarene from Quirino Grandstand to Quiapo Church in Manila. Certainly, the Feast of the Black Nazarene is one of the most-attended fiestas in Metro Manila and in the Philippines.
Feast of the Black Nazarene 2017 Schedule of Events
December 31, 2016
Start of Novena Mass to Nuestro Padre Jesus Nazareno
New Year’s Eve Mass
December 31, 2016 – January 8, 2017
Novena Mass to Nuestro Padre Jesus Nazareno
January 1, 2017
Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
Procession of Mahal na Inang Maria
January 2-6, 2017
January 7, 2017
Procession of Replicas of the Black Nazarene
January 8, 2017
5:00 p.m. – onwards
Quirino Grandstand (Luneta)
January 9, 2017
Quirino Grandstand (Luneta)
Liturgy for Procession at the Quirino Grandstand followed by the procession (Traslacion) of the Black Nazarene to Quiapo Church
3:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Hourly Eucharistic Celebration
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Feast of the Black Nazarene 2017 Procession Route
The image of the Black Nazarene is borne in a carriage pulled by the devotees in a procession (Traslacion) which commences from Quirino Grandstand (Luneta), passes through the streets of Manila and finally ends in Quiapo Church. The whole procession usually lasts for about 10-12 hours.
From Qurino Grandstand, the Black Nazarene will turn left to Katigbak Drive through P. Burgos Street. It will turn left to Taft Avenue through Jones Bridge. It will then turn right to Dasmariñas Street, then go right to Plaza Sta. Cruz St. before turning left at Carlos Palanca St. through Quezon Bridge, turn left to Quezon Boulevard and turn right to Arlegui Street.
The procession of the Black Nazarene will then turn right to Fraternal St. and turn right to Arlegui Street, turn left to Nepomuceno St., turn left to Conception Aguila St and turn right to Carcer street.
It well then go to Hidalgo through Plaza Del Carmen and turn left to Bilibid Viejo through Gil Puyat. The Black Nazarene will then turn left to Z.P. De Guzman St., turn right to Hidalgo St., and turn left to A. Bautista Street. It will then turn right to Globo de Oro under Quezon Bridge. The image will then turn right to Palanca Street and turn right to Villalobos through Plaza Miranda to get to Quiapo Church.
Useful Safety Tips and Reminders
I experienced an overwehelming multitude of devotees and pilgrims joining the annua traslacion of the Blac Nazarene when I witnessed the Feast of the Black Nazarene Procession in 2013. Whit this, let me share some of safety tips and reminders that could help you plan if you wish to attend the Feast of the Black Nazarene on January 9, 2017.
- Be sure to check and study the procession route. If you've already chosen the place where to witness it, be early at the procession route to get a good spot.
- Always bring an Identification Card with contact information of any of your family members in case of emergency.
- Wear comfortable clothing and footwear (preferably shoes). Do not wear jewelries, or bring expensive electronic devices or any valuables. Just bring what you need.
- Bring something to eat (crackers, sandwich, biscuits) and bottled water. Although there are food stalls along the procession route, you just have to make sure that your food is clean. Drink a lot of fluid to prevent dehydration.
- With too many people around, it is best not to bring your wallet. Just bring enough cash and secure it in your pocket.
- If you're coming in groups, assign a designated meeting place and time in case someone gets lost. Cellphone signal along the procession is sometimes turned off by the telecoms for security purposes.
- Maintain appropriate distance to other people to avoid unnecessary injuries in case of stampede. Always plan a safe exit path from the huge crowd.
- Make sure that you are physically prepared. Always be alert and patient.
You may read my coverage on the Feast of the Black Nazarene's procession in 2013, click HERE.
Where to Stay in Manila during the Feast of the Black Nazarene 2017?
As the Philippines' capital city, Manila has many hotels, hostels and inns to choose from if you wish to stay for a night in Manila. Click the link below to check for accommodations near Quiapo Manila or along the procession route.
"Viva Señor Jesus Nazareno!"
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