Feast of Black Nazarene January 9, 2013 -news, announcements, photos and video

    The Feast of Black Nazarene on January 9, 2013 commemorates the 'Traslación' or Passage of life-sized, dark wooden statue of Jesus Christ through procession or transfer of the image to its present shrine in Quiapo church. Highlight of the celebration is the grand procession from Quirino Grandstand at seven in the morning. Photos and video are available here.
     Grand Procession Feast of Black Nazarene
    Photo: Grand Procession Feast of Black Nazarene

    According to NCRPO, 11 million devotees of the Black Nazarene are expected to flock the procession. NCRPO said that more than 3,000 police officers will be deployed for security. MMDA is also expected to provide around 1,000 personnel to assist in the orderliness.

    Security is now ready for Feast of Black Nazarene 2013
    Photo: Security is now ready for Feast of Black Nazarene 2013

    Prior to the activity, advisories and announcements were dessiminated for the safety and guide of all devotees, citizens directly involved in the festivity and students in the vicinity of procession.

    Replica of Black Nazarene take part in procession
    Photo: Replica of Black Nazarene take part in procession

    For the safety of students, suspension of classes was announced for the following schools: Manila High School, Victoriano Mapa High School, Apolinario Mabini Elementary School, Geronimo Santiago Elementary School, Ramon Avancena High School, Manila Science High School and Araullo High School.

    Private schools also announced their suspension of classes:  Colegio de San Juan de Letran, Adamson University, University of the East (Manila), Mapua Institute of Technology, Far Eastern University, University of Sto.Tomas and San Beda College.

    DepEd said that classes will resume the following day. However, for Mapua, January 9 is still a regular working day as posted on its Facebook page.

    MMDA on their official Twitter account, Official MMDA (@MMDA) posted advisories on the procession route. Here is the full announcement:

    ADVISORY: This pertains to the Traslacion 2013 Procession of the Black Nazarene to be held on January 9, 2013 at Quiapo Church and the highlight of the celebration is the Grand Procession that will start at Quirino Grandstand (Luneta) at about 7:00 AM onwards.

    ROUTE: From Quirino Grandstand (Luneta), right Katigbak Drive thru P. Burgos,left Taft Ave.(P.Burgos) thru McArthur Bridge,right Palanca,thru under Quezon Bridge,left Quezon Blvd.,right Fraternal,right Vergara,left Duque de Alba,left Castillejos,left farnecio,right Arlegui,left Nepomuceno,left Aguila,right Carcer,right Hidalgo thru Plaza Del Carmen,left Bilibid Viejo thru Puyat,left Guzman,right Hidalgo,left Barbosa,right Globo de Oro thru under Quezon Bridge,right Palanca,right Villalobos thru Plaza Miranda to Quiapo Church.

    1. Stretch of Roxas Blvd./Bonifacio Drive from Anda Circle to TM Kalaw north and southbound lane.
    2. Southbound of Quezon Blvd. from Recto to Palanca (subway-isetan Recto)
    3. Stretch of Lerma from P.Campa to Quezon Blvd.
    4. Taft Ave./Finance (westbound lane).
    5. Lagusnilad/P.Burgos (westbound lane).
    6. P.Burgos/Taft Ave (Freedom Triangle-northbound lane).
    7. Villegas/N.A Lopez.
    8. 25th Street/Bonifacio Drive (southbound lane).

    1. JANUARY 8, 2013 - 8:00 AM, katigbak Drive and South Drive will be closed to traffic.
    2. at 4:00 AM, January 9, 2013, southbound lane of Quezon Blvd. (Quiapo), from Andalucia/Fugoso to Plaza Miranda and España/P.Campa/Lerma shall be closed to traffic for Public Utility vehicles (PUV) only.
    3. At 5:00 AM total closure for all types of vehicles shall be implemented.

    North Area (5:00 AM)
    1. P Campa/España
    2. Nicanor Reyes/España
    3. Andalucia/Fugoso
    3. Recto/Issetan (Service Road)
    4. Raon/Evangelista

    South Area (6:00 AM)
    1. Ma. Orosa/P.Burgos
    2. Lagusnilad/P.Burgos
    3. Taft/Finance/Westbound
    4. A. Villegas/Taft Ave. (LRT)
    5. 25th Street/Bonifacio Drive
    6. N.A. Lopez/A. Villegas
    7. Anda Circle/Bonifacio Drive
    8. Gen. Luna/P.Burgos
    9. Roxas Blvd. TM Kalaw
    10. katigbak/Roxas Blvd.

    1. All vehicles coming from Quezon City using the stretch of España shall turn right P.Campa,left Andalucia,right Fugoso,left T.Mapua to point of destination.

    2. All PUJs/light vehicles coming from España intending to proceed to South Pier Zone turn left Nicanor Reyes,right Recto straight to JAS,left Reina Regente take Jones Bridge,right Magallanes Drive to point of destination.

    3. All vehicles coming from northern part of Manila intending to utilize the stretch of Bonifacio Drive southbound shall turn right Roberto S. Oca St.,left Delgado,left 25th St.,left Bonifacio Drive (for Port Area offices) or shall take right to A. Soriano to magallanes Drive,right P.Burgos,go straight to Lagusnilad to Taft Ave.

    4. All vehicles coming from southern part of Manila intending to utilize the stretch of P.Burgos shall take TM Kalaw,left Taft Ave.,right A Villegas,right Quezon Bridge to point of destination (NOTE: northbound of Quezon Blvd. is open to traffic).

    5. All vehicles coming from southern part of Manila intending to utilize the northbound or Roxas Blvd. from P.Ocampo to P.Burgos shall turn right TM Kalaw left Taft Ave. to point of destination.
    6. All PUJs plying Monumento-Gasak-Recto intending to utilize Andalucia thru Recto shall turn right Oroqueta to point of origin.

    7. All vehicles coming fromLegarda shall turn right Recto or left Mendiola to point of destination.

    8. All vehicles using Taft Ave. northbound shall turn right A. Villegas (Arroceros) right Quezon Bridge to point of destination.

    9. All heavy vehicles/Cargo Trucks coming from the south shall take Pres. Osmeña, Pres. Quirino to Nagtahan via AH Lacson to Capulong (vise versa).

    10. All motorist intending to proceed to North of Manila or South of Manila shall advise to utilize the stretch of AH Lacson to Nagtahan (vise versa) or to utilize stretch of Road-10 to Roxas Blvd. (vise versa) to point of destination.

    11. All buses coming from eastern part of Manila particularly G-Liner/RRCG utilizing Legarda shall turn right Palanca to Quiapo Ilalim to point of destination.

    12. All buses coming from Taft. going to Fairview shall right UN Ave. up to Otis left Nagtahan go straight AH Lacson,right España to point of origin.

    13. All buses coming southern part of Manila laguna & Cavite utilizing taft Ave. are not allowed to enter from 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM and allowed only up to Remedios St. right San Marcelino back to point of Origin.

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