Marcos declares January 9, 2024 special non-working day

MANILA, Philippines – President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. has declared January 9, 2024, Tuesday as special non-working day in the City of Manila to give way for the observance of the Feast of the Black Nazarene.

Traslacion 2020
Catholic devotees during the Black Nazarene procession on January 9, 2020.

“It is but fitting and proper that the people of the City of Manila be given full opportunity to participate in the occasion and enjoy the celebration,” a Proclamation No. 434 signed by Executive Secretary Lucas P. Bersamin on January 4, stated.

The City of Manila will mark the celebration of the Feast of the Black Nazarene on January 9.

The Traslacion or grand procession of the iconic image of the Black Nazarene is set to return this year.

The procession is held annually, where hundreds of thousands of devotees join the activity starting at the Quirino Grandstand in Rizal Park and ending at the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene or Quiapo Church in Quezon Boulevard.

In 2021, the grand procession was shelved due to the coronavirus disease pandemic.

The last Traslacion was held in January 2020, two months before the Duterte administration declared a nationwide lockdown due to the pandemic.

Meanwhile, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said they will deploy around 15,000 police personnel to secure the activities.

During the final inter-agency meeting for the feast, authorities and organizers said they are expecting the number of attendees to reach the pre-pandemic record of around 2 million.

— The Summit Express


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