Every 9th of January is the most awaited date of millions of devotees of the Black Nazarene. This is the day that poor and rich people come together as they tried to get near in the Black Nazarene. We can expect some injuries, jammed mobile signals and closed roads to traffic.
The image of the Black Nazarene was already transferred to Quirino Grandstand last night, ahead of the annual procession on Thursday.
And to those who are concerned about the procession route from Quirino Grandstand to the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene in Quiapo, Manila, it was learned that the procession would no longer cross the MacArthur Bridge as observed in previous years. Instead, it will pass through the Jones Bridges.
The religious rite will start with a mass at 6 a.m. at the Quirino Grandstand celebrated by Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle.
After the mass, the procession will start at the Quirino Grandstand, then left to Katigbak Drive through Padre Burgos Street, left to Taft Avenue, and then to Jones Bridge. It will then turn right to Escolta, then turn right along Palanca Street which is below Quezon bridge, then left to Quezon Boulevard.
It will now pass through the narrow roads of Quiapo starting turning right to Arlegui Street, right to Fraternal Street, right to Vergara Street, and left to Duque de Alba Street. From there, it will turn left to Castillejos Street, left to Farnecio Street, and right to Arlegui Street.
Then it will turn left to Nepomuceno Street, left to Aguila Street, right to Carcer Street, right to Hidalgo Street towards Plaza del Carmen, turn left to Bilibid Viejo through Puyat Street, left to Guzman Street, right to Hidalgo Street, then left to Barbosa Street, right to Globo de Oro Street through under Quezon bridge, then right to Palanca Street, right toVillalobos Street, and then back to Plaza Miranda.
(photo credit to the owner)