The procession showcases Filipinos’ strong devotion to the Nuestra Padre Jesus Nazareno de Quiapo or popularly called the Black Nazarene or Poong Itim na Nazareno in Tagalog.
HISTORY. Sculptured by an unknown Mexican carpenter, the life-sized Black Nazarene was carried to the Philippines by the Augustinian Recollect missionaries on May 31, 1606, through a galleon coming from Acapulco, Mexico. Folk tradition attributes the dark color of the statue to a fire on the ship carrying it, charring the white image to its present dark complexion. It was first enshrined in a Recollect church in Bagumbayan (now Rizal Park) and was transferred many times in different churches in Manila before being kept in its present location at the high altars of the Quiapo Church. The January 9 procession commemorates the Translacion or transfer of the statue to its present shrine.
Pope Innocent X and Pope Pius VII have sanctified the Black Nazarene and have merited the Filipinos’ devotion to the image.
This year's Traslacion procession of the Black Nazarene will start from the Quirino Grandstand left to Katigbak Drive through Padre Burgos St., left to Taft Avenue through McArthur Bridge, right to Palanca St. through under Quezon Bridge, left to Quezon Blvd., right to Arlegui St., right to Fraternal St., right to Vergara St., left to Duque de Alba St., left to Castillejos St., left to Farnecio St., right to Arlegui St., left to Nepomuceno St., left to Aguila St., right to Carcer St., right to Hidalgo St. through Plaza del Carmen, left to Bilibid Viejo through Puyat St., left to Guzman St., right to Hidalgo St., left to Barbosa St., right to Globo de Oro St. through under Quezon Bridge, right to Palanca St., right to Villalobos St. through Plaza Miranda and ingress to Quiapo Church.
SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES
January 7, 2013
3:00 PM - Procession of all replicas of the Black Nazarene
January 8, 2013
1:00 PM - Kissing of the replica of the Black Nazarene
7:00 PM - Vigil at the Quirino Grandstand
January 9, 2013
12:00 MN - 4 AM – Vigil at the Quirino Grandstand
6:00 AM - Holy mass to be celebrated by Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle
Mayor of Manila, Mayor Alfredo Lim ordered suspension of classes in schools along the route of the procession. Classes are suspended on the following schools:
- Manila Science High School
- Araullo High School
- Geronimo Santiago Elementary School
- V Mapa High School; Manila High School
- Ramon Avancena High School
- Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila
- Universidad De Manila (previously called City College of Manila)
Note: Adoration Chapel of Quiapo Church will be closed until January 12, 2013
History Source /References
Photograph by: Denvie Balidoy
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