Aside from welcoming the coming year, January is also a special month for the devotees of the Black Nazarene. Every January 9, millions of Catholic devotees are expected to flock to Quiapo and other streets of Manila for Traslacion.
Since a lot of people will join the religious gathering, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) released traffic advisories in preparation for the Feast of the Black Nazarene. Take alternate routes and take note of the following road closures:
January 8, 10pm onwards
- Katigbak Drive and South Drive (one lane accessible to Manila and H2O Hotel)
- Northbound lane of Quezon and MacArthur Bridge, from Bonifacio Shrine onwards
- Taft Avenue, from Ayala Boulevard to Bonifacio Shrine
January 9, 12am onwards
- Stretch of MacArthur Bridge, Jones Bridge, and Quezon Bridge
- Roxas Boulevard from Katigbak Drive to T.M. Kalaw Street
- Both lanes of Quezon Boulevard, from A. Mendoza/Fugoso Street and Espana Avenue/P. Campa Street (southbound), and Taft Avenue/Ayala Boulevard (northbound)
MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim said that 850 personnel will be positioned at the vicinity of the Grandstand, Quiapo Church, and along the route of “Andas” to provide traffic and emergency assistance during the annual procession. The Manila City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, on the other hand, will lead the first emergency response in collaboration with the Metro Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (MMDRRMC).
Check out the full advisory here.
Header image from MANILA BULLETIN
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