Black Nazarene feast has been a yearly celebration for millions of devotees participating in the “translacion,” a procession considered to be one of the biggest religious gatherings in the country. Road closure and heavy traffic is expected and Manila prepares in anticipation of the said event.
To give way to the Black Nazarene Feast, the local government of Manila has announced the cancellation of classes on January 9. According to Philstar, City of Manila Administrator Ericson Alcovendaz said that classes in all levels are suspended.
“Saturday suspended po ang klase… in all levels po ‘yun,” Alcovendaz said in a press briefing.
Reportedly, this year’s procession route for the Feast of Black Nazarene will begin at the Quirino Grandstand and will end at Quiapo Church.
In connection to the Black Nazarene Feast, Manila City Mayor Joseph Estrada issued an Executive Order disallowing people from drinking liquor products during the feast.
Philippine Star reported that the Manila Disaster Risk Reduction Office recommended it.
The order bans people from selling, offering, serving or taking beer, wine or any intoxicating liquors on any street, sidewalk, plaza or any place within 200 meters of The Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene, the Image of the Black Nazarene, the procession or the vigil area or any other activity area of the Traslacion.