AFP to deploy 500 soldiers for Black Nazarene procession

Erika Holt
January 12, 2018

Others said they joined the procession or paid homage while waiting for the arrival of the image at the Quiapo church to thank the Black Nazarene for all the blessings granted them.

In a frenzied display of religious fervor, men, women and children climbed over heads and shoulders and flung themselves at the centuries-old Black Nazarene that they say performs miracles.

This specific procession, known as the Translación, takes place on 9 January and attracts the largest crowds.

Msgr. Hernando Coronel of the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene discusses the route of the Traslacion at a news briefing. A crowd of devotees gather around the statue and try to touch the icon.

The administration of Quiapo Church on Monday said 18 million devotees were expected to flood the streets of Manila during the procession or the Traslacion from Quirno Grandstand to the Quiapo Church basilica.

"We hope that the procession would be shorter this year". Gen. Alan Arrojado said the troops would augment the security of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

Explaining the strong Filipino devotion, Monsignor Sabino Vengco, a prominent Catholic priest, told CNN Philippines: "People will suffer sickness, old age.so pain and suffering will always be there", he said.

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"Enduring a challenging procession where devotees walk barefoot is also seen as a test of faith for some".

He said that they will be implementing a "no sail zone" in the areas near the Quirino Grandstand.

There will also be a walkthrough along the route of the procession to ensure the safety of the millions expected to attend the event.

Officials of the Manila Police District (MPD) yesterday inspected the route of the traslacion or the procession of the Black Nazarene.

Exemplifying the fervor and devotion to the image were shouts of "Viva Nazareno " (Hail the Black Nazarene) and the waving of white handkerchiefs or towels as the "andas" (carriage) wended its way to the Quiapo church.

The procession plied a different route this year, skipping the traditional routes of McArthur and Quezon bridges.

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