22-hour procession of Black Nazarene

After 22 hours since its procession began, the Black Nazarene statue was returned to its home, Quiapo church In Plaza Miranda, at 3:00 a. M. on Wednesday, finishing the grand Traslacion this year.

Black Nazarene Traslacion 2018

Black Nazarene Traslacion 2018

Devotees brought up their arms, chanting, “Viva Poong Hesus Nazareno!” as the image was pulled into the church.
Police had framed a blockade along the doorway of the basilica to guarantee the fast entry of the Andas, or the stage carrying the statue.

Escorted by millions of barefoot devotees, the admired image left Quirino Grandstand early tuesday morning (January 9), at 5:07 a. m. , heading through Manila’s old streets toward the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene, more commonly known as Quiapo Church.

According to police estimates, at least 4.5 million devotees attended this year’s Traslacion – or about two million more than last year But, opposite to the earlier prediction of Director General Ronald dela Rosa, chief of the Philippine National Police, the barefoot procession, which started at five:30 a.m., lasted just as long as last year – 22 hours.

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Held every year on Jan. 9, the Traslacion is widely considered as one among the biggest religious activities in Asia as tens of millions of barefoot devotees observe the Black Nazarene hoping to get a chance to kiss, touch, or rub cloth at the icon.

In an interview with reporters at Quiapo Church on Tuesday afternoon, Dela Rosa stated the “smoother” flow of this year’s procession was due to the changes brought by means of police to make sure the protection of devotees.

Among these is the signal interruption of mobile services inside a 1-km radius of the procession routes, as well as some of Manila’s neighboring towns, which Dela Rosa said was done to reduce terrorism threats.

The procession was peaceful, marked by zero casualties and more than 1,000 people injured generally because of high blood pressure, according to figures from the Philippine Red Cross (PRC).

In its 1:00 a.m. report on Wednesday, the PRC said more than 400 were reported injured from over a thousand devotees it tended all through the six-kilometer procession.

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