[PHILIPPINES FESTIVAL] Quiapo, Manila: Feast of the Black Nazarene 2020

The yearly feast of the Black Nazarene is when devotees of the Black Nazarene walk long hours through the streets of Manila as a ritual of ‘Translacion’ - a Spanish word for ‘transfer.’ The Black Nazarene was carved by unnamed Mexican in the 16th century then transferred to the Philippines in 1606.  The feast also reenacts the transfer of the Black Nazarene from  the original location in Intramuros to different churches until it was settled in Quiapo Church in 1787. As believed by many Filipinos, especially Manileños, the Black Nazarene is believed to be miraculous; especially devotees participate in the Feast itself.

Annually a million devotees are expected to join the procession. Manila Mayor Isko Moreno suspends classes and works in government offices on January 9 to give way to the ‘Translacion’ of the Black Nazarene.

 According to Quiapo officials the annual procession that will happen on Thursday, January 9, 2020, will follow different routes amidst the ongoing bridge repairs. The image of the Black Nazarene would still begin at Quirino Grandstand but is set to pass the Ayala Bridge route. The procession usually passes through Jones, Quezon, and MacArthur bridges however they are currently undergoing retrofitting.

Below are the following areas where the Translacion would pass through:
  • Quirino Grandstand
  • Katigbak Road through Padre Burgos Street
  • Finance Road through Ayala Boulevard
  • Palanca Street
  • Quezon Boulevard
  • Arlegui Street
  • Fraternal Street
  • Vergara Street
  • Duque de Alba Street
  • Castillejos Street
  • Farnecio Street
  • Arlegui Street
  • Nepomuceno Street
  • Concepcion Aguila Street
  • Carcer Street
  • Hidalgo through Plaza del Carmen
  • Bilibid Viejo through Gil Puyat Street
  • J.P De Guzman Street
  • Hidalgo Street
  • Quezon Boulevard
  • Palanca Street through under Quezon Bridge
  • Villalobos through Plaza Miranda
  • Quiapo Church

Planning to go Manila and join the feast? Since many roads would be closed and going there via car or jeepney will be difficult, it is most advisable to take the LRT to Quiapo, Manila. Here are ways you can get there via LRT1 and LRT2:
  • Via LRT1 – get off at Recto Station, and then walk towards Quiapo Church from Claro M. Recto.
  • Via LRT2 – get off at Carriedo Station or Central Station, and then walk towards Quiapo Church

 A large number of local police will be deployed to ensure the peace and order during the religious festival. Paramedics are always on standby for those who might need medical assistance.

Like before, mobile phone signal will be turned off in the area for security purposes and the entire route may be declared as a “no-fly zone” which means drones and other flying devices will be prohibited.

Here are a few more reminders for your safety:
  1. Leave all your valuables at home. If you are unable to, make sure to secure your phones properly. Note that for security purposes, mobile phone coverage is turned off in the area.
  2. Advise your family. Make sure that your house is properly secured before leaving. Turn off and unplug all electrical devices.
  3. Do wear comfortable clothes.
  4. Bring an ID with the contact information of your family members, in case of an emergency.
  5. Bring small snacks like crackers, candies, and drinking water.
  6. Avoid alcoholic drinks.
  7. For photographers, make sure to check the procession route and ask other experienced photographers for more vantage points.

As mentioned above many people attend the Translacion, whether you’re a devotee attending the Feast or just a civilian watching, it is always best to plan ahead for you to appreciate it and also to be safe.

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