Manila all set for feast of Black Nazarene

January 9, 2011 2:51 am 

MANILA, Jan. 8 — The city of Manila is all set for the feast of the Black Nazarene festivities on Sunday.

Manila Mayor Alfredo S. Lim is Hermano Mayor in this year's feast of the Black Nazarene in Quiapo.

On Saturday, Jan. 8, a prelude started with the kissing of the Nazarene image at 1:00 p.m. at the Quirino Grandstand, followed by a band parade at 3:30 p.m., Mass & Healing Service at 5:00 p.m.and Vigil from 8:00 p.m. up to midnight.

On Sunday, Jan. 9, the Holy Hour starts at 4:00 a.m., the Holy Mass at 6:00 a.m. and the procession of the image of the Black Nazarene from Luneta to Quiapo at 8:00 a.m.

The procession route is as follows: Luneta, Katigbak Drive through Padre Burgos Street, Taft Avenue through McArthur Bridge, Palanca through under Quezon Bridge, Quezon Boulevard, Arlegui, Fraternal, Vergara, Duque de Alba, Castillejos, Farnecio, Arlegui, Nepomuceno, Aguila, Carcer, Hidalgo through Plaza del Carmen, Bilibid Viejo through Puyat, Guzman, Hidalgo, Barbosa, Globo de Oro through under Quezon Bridge, Palanca, Villalobos through Plaza Miranda and Quiapo Church.

Lim tapped all concerned units of the city hall in preparation for the annual holding of the grand procession of the Black Nazarene which will take place on January 9.

Catholics started holding mini processions in streets around the basilica as prelude to Sunday’s grand procession.

Lim reminded his deputies to get in touch with other concerned bureaus and offices to extend help to ensure peaceful and orderly celebration of the feast.

The mayor said his officials are working hand in hand with Quiapo officials led by parish priest Monsignor Clemente Ignacio.

“I reminded my officials to coordinate with the committee in charge of the procession for the necessary preparations,” he said.

For his part, Chief Superintendent Roberto Rongavilla, Manila Police District (MPD) director, assured that there would be enough uniformed policemen to secure the devotees and onlookers.

Rongavilla said lawless elements could take advantage of the huge crowd at the procession.

The mayor has also issued a directive that all streets to be used in the procession be cleared of any obstructions and things which may cause injury to the devotees who usually walk alongside the Black Nazarene on barefoot.

Lim also met city engineer Armand Andres to discuss regarding the conduct of a thorough check of the route of the procession.

“Make sure that all potholes, open manholes and bumps which may cause accidents are taken care of,” he said.

The city’s health department, through its deputy chief Dr. Benjamin Yson was also tasked by Lim to assign ambulances, doctors and nurses to be on standby to attend to those who might get injured or need medical attention during and after the procession.

Lim appealed to all those planning to join the procession to make sure that they are physically fit and do not to bring children with them.(PNA)

LAM/CS

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