The annual celebration of the Traslacion 2021, may be canceled. However, devotees are still expected to visit the Quiapo Church. The annual feast of the Black Nazarene is a commemoration of the solemn transfer of the Black Nazarene image from the Recolletos Church in Intramuros, Manila to Quiapo Church in 1787. Due to the pandemic, the schedule of the grand procession on January 9 as well as the traditional “pahalik” or kissing of the image have been canceled.
Traslacion 2021 – Feast of the Black Nazarene
In replacement for the canceled procession, there will be novena masses until January 9, 2021. Only 400 people per mass may attend the Quiapo Church. Those who will not be able to get inside the church can view a massive LED screen placed along Quezon Boulevard, Carriedo, Carlos Palanca, Plaza Miranda, and Plaza San Juan.
Road Closes in Manila – Mass Preparation
Manila City will be closing several roads starting this evening January 8, 2021. This is part of the preparation made for the annual religious event. The city has planned road closures, alternate routes, and parking areas for Traslacion 2021 to ensure the smooth flow of traffic. From 10:00 p.m. today and onwards, the following roads will already be closed to vehicular traffic:
Southbound lane of Quezon Blvd. (Quiapo), from A. Mendoza/Fugoso to Carlos Palanca St.
Northbound Lane of Quezon Blvd. from Carlos Palanca St. to Fugoso St.
Westbound lane of España Boulevard from P. Campa to A Mendoza St.
Stretch of Evangelista St. from P Paterno St. to Recto Ave.
Stretch of Palanca St. from Carriedo/Plaza Lacson to P. Casal St.
The following areas have been designated as parking areas for devotees: Isetann Recto pay parking, pay parking area beside Dating Daan Building, Quinta Public Market pay parking, and one eastbound lane of Carlos Palanca Street from Palanca Bridge.
To further ensure that people obey the new rules, the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) will deploy more than 20,000 policemen in Manila as part of the security measures. These policemen are tasked to ensure peace and order.
NOTE: Please wear your face masks when going out in public. Wash your hands as often as possible. Sanitize your hands with alcohol or sanitizer. Maintain physical distancing of 1 meter.