NCRPO chief Eleazar expects around 2.5M devotees for Traslacion 2019

Devotees hold ropes pulling the carriage of Black Nazarene as they parade a black statue of Jesus Christ during the annual Catholic religious feast in Manila, Philippines January 9, 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

Over 2.5 million devotees are expected to attend the annual procession of the Feast of the Black Nazarene in Manila next week, as per the National Capital Region Police office.

In a press briefing on Wednesday, NCRPO chief Guillermo Eleazar said that on January 9, the event will start at 5 a.m. where devotees will walk a 6.1-kilometer route from Quirino Grandstand to the Quiapo Church.

The procession or Traslacion is an annual activity administered by devoted Catholics wherein the miraculous image of the Black Nazarene is brought from Quirino Grandstand all the way to Quiapo Church. During the previous procession, Eleazar noted that the devotees took at least 23 hours to bring the Black Nazarene to the church.

The NCRPO chief then noted that at least 7,200 police officers will be deployed and safety precautions will also be prepared by different agencies in order to administer a peaceful Traslacion 2018.


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