Every January 9, Black Nazarene Procession also known as Quiapo Fiesta was being held in Quiapo Manila. This procession is the most attended religious procession in the country, in fact last years event was attended by almost 7.5 million devotees.
Black Nazarene Quiapo Fiesta
The Black Nazarene procession committee of the Saint John de Baptist Church in Quiapo recently released the route for this year’s celebration on Monday, January 9, 2012.
The said procession will start at 8 a.m. so make sure to check the parade route to avoid the traffic in this part of the historic City of Manila. As early as 5 a.m. on January 9, the southbound lane of Quezon Blvd. (Quiapo), from Andalucia – Fugoso to Plaza Miranda and España – P. Campa and Lerma will be closed to traffic so avoid these streets for your convinience.
According to the organizers, here is the route that the procession will take:
From the Quirino Grandstand (Rizal Park), left to Katigbak Drive through Padre Burgos Street, left Taft Avenue through McArthur Bridge, right Palanca Street through under Quezon Bridge, left to Quezon Boulevard, right Arlegui Street, right Fraternal Street, right Vergara Street, left Duque de Alba Street, left Castillejos Street, left Farnecio street, right Arlegui Street; Left Nepomuceno; left Aguila, right Carcer Street, right Hidalgo Street through Plaza del Carmen, left Bilibid Viejo through Puyat Street, left Guzman Street, right Hidalgo Street, left Barbos Street, right Globo de Oro through under Quezon Bridge, right Palanca Street, right Villalobos Street through Plaza Miranda, and then inside Quiapo Church.
The Black Nazarene is a life-sized statue of Christ that a priest bought in Mexico and brought to Manila in 1606. Since 1787 the statue has been housed at Saint John the Baptist Church in Quiapo.
For more than 200 years the church has been placing the statue on a gilded carriage every January and pulling it through the streets of Quiapo with millions of devotees.