Thousands of Philippine Catholics flood the streets for the Black Nazarene procession

Postado Janeiro 12, 2018

Devotees of the Black Nazarene pray during a novena at the Quiapo Church in Manila yesterday.

Nineteen million people are expected to celebrate the Feast of the Black Nazarene in Manila next week.

Over 600 devotees, including some members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) joined the first procession of the Black Nazarene organized by the Police Regional Office (PRO) 1 on Tuesday afternoon here.

But Arrojado reiterated that there were no terror threats to the Black Nazarene feast.

Drawn by devotees pulling on thick ropes attached to its carriage, the icon left a central Manila park with 490,000 people in tow waving white towels and chanting "Viva" ("Long live"), Manila police said.

The official also said that Estrada suspended work at the city hall except the department directly involved in the event.

Millions of Catholic devotees are expected to join the procession.

Coronel said devotees who would jump over the Jones Bridge would be arrested.

The statue will pass through the streets of old Manila as it is taken to its home in the Quiapo church, a journey that usually takes 20 hours or more and which police said would draw millions of participants.

Fr. Douglas Badong, parochial vicar of the Quiapo Church said they are "100 percent ready".

Aside from the thanksgiving procession last December 31, Badong said there would be a procession of the replicas of the image of the Black Nazarene on January 7. It will cover a 500-metre radius from the procession route, the Quirino Grandstand and Quiapo Church.

Guide to the "traslacion" procession.

Msgr. Hernando Coronel leads a media briefing on what to expect at this year's "traslacion" procession and related activities.

"We hope that the procession would be shorter this year".

This year's procession will have a new feature - 12 prayer stations that will be set up along the way. "But I have a devotion", Honey Pescante, a 24-year-old housewife from Bataan province, said.