Quiapo Church Fiesta 2020: Feast of the Black Nazarene 2020 Schedule of Activities
Manila, Philippines — The Feast of the Black Nazarene is a yearly event that is greatly anticipated by devotees. It has been believed that if you have a wish that you want to have granted, you will need to participate in the procession for it to come true, and there have been numerous stories stating that their wishes all came true.
The Black Nazarene was made by an unknown Mexican woodcarver back in the 16th Century and was brought to the Philippines in 1606. It was moved to different churches until it was settled in Quiapo Church in 1787. The statue depicts Jesus carrying his cross, on his way to his crucifixion.
The procession of the Black Nazarene originated from reenacting its transfer from its original location in Intramuros to where it is now back in 1787. In recent years, the procession itself takes around 20 hours the longest.
On January 9, 2020, devotees will once again be attending the Translación, and safety precautions will be set in regards to those that will participate in the procession, rerouting traffic, among others.
How to get to Quiapo Church
If you wish to go to Quiapo Church, the best option will be by riding the LRT1 or LRT2, as Quezon Boulevard will not be accessible:
- Via LRT1 – get off at Recto Station, and then walk towards Quiapo Church from Claro M. Recto.
- Via LRT2 – get off at Carriedo Station, or Central Station, and then walk towards Quiapo Church
2020 Feast of the Black Nazarene Schedule of Activities
As this is a traditional event, and religious for that matter, numerous activities are to be expected inside and outside, before and after the actual procession.
Here’s the Traslacion 2020 Official Schedule of Activities in full text:
December 31, 2019 – January 8, 2020
- 5:30pm – Novena Prayer
- 6:00pm – Novena Mass to Nuestro Padre Jesus Nazareno
January 1, 2020, Wednesday
- 5:00pm – Solemnity of Mary Mother of God / Sunday Mass
- 6:00pm – Procession
January 2-6, 2020
- 7:00pm – Barangay Masses
January 3, 2020
- Most Holy Name of Jesus
First Friday Mass of the Year 2020
- 4:00am – 12:15pm mass
- 3:00pm – 8:00pm mass
January 4, 2020, Saturday
- 7:00pm – Blessing of Standarte Mass / Presider – Rev. Msgr. Hernando Coronel
January 7, 2020, Tuesday
- 2:00pm – Replica Procession and Blessing
January 8, 2020, Wednesday
Quirino Grandstand Manila
- 3:00pm – Opening Program
- 5:00pm – Panalangin sa Takipsilim
- 7:00pm – Start of Program
January 9, 2020, Thursday
- 12:00mn – Vigil Mass at Quirino Grandstand Luneta
- 5:00am – Panalangin sa Umaga
- 5:30am – Start of Traslacion
Hourly Masses at Quiapo Church
- 3:00am – 12:15pm mass
- 3:00pm – 12:00 midnight mass
Traslacion Route 2020: Feast of the Black Nazarene Procession Route (Final)
According to Quiapo Church Parochial Vicar Fr. Douglas Badong, the Black Nazarene procession route will not pass through any of the Jones Bridge, Mc Arthur Bridge, and Quezon Bridge. The annual traslacion on January 9 is set to pass through the Ayala Bridge.
After starting at the Quirino Grandstand, the procession shall head to Katigbak Road, Finance Road, LRT Taft Station, all the way to Ayala Bridge, and Palanca. The procession will follow the traditional route once it reaches the Quiapo area.
Here is the updated 2020 Traslacion Route / List of areas where the image of the Black Nazarene will pass according to the MMDA:
- Quirino Grandstand
- Katigbak Road through Padre Burgos Street
- Finance Road through Ayala Boulevard
- Palanca Street
- Quezon Boulevard
- Arlegui Street
- Fraternal Street
- Vergara Street
- Duque de Alba Street
- Castillejos Street
- Farnecio Street
- Arlegui Street
- Nepomuceno Street
- Concepcion Aguila Street
- Carcer Street
- Hidalgo through Plaza del Carmen
- Bilibid Viejo through Gil Puyat Street
- J.P De Guzman Street
- Hidalgo Street
- Quezon Boulevard
- Palanca Street through under Quezon Bridge
- Villalobos through Plaza Miranda
- Quiapo Church
Closed Roads and Alternate Routes during Traslacion 2020
The following roads will be closed for the yearly Black Nazarene Procession according to Manila Police District:
- Southbound lane of Quezon Blvd. (Quiapo), from A. Mendoza/Fugoso to Plaza Miranda
- España/P. Campa/Lerma (closed for all types of vehicles)
- The eastbound lane of C.M. Recto from Rizal Ave. to SH Loyola St.
MPD suggested the following alternative routes:
- Vehicles coming from Quezon City utilizing southbound lane of España Ave. shall turn right to P. Campa St., then turn left to A. Mendoza St., right to Fugoso St., turn left to Rizal Ave. to point of destination
- All vehicles intending to utilize Quezon Blvd. coming from A. Mendoza St. shall turn right to Fuguso, left to Rizal Ave. to point of destination
- All vehicles utilizing eastbound lane of C.M. Recto coming from Divisoria shall turn left to Rizal Ave. to point of destination
Recommended Hotels in Quiapo, Manila during the Festival of the Black Nazarene 2020
City State Hotel is the best place to stay in Quiapo, Manila due to its accessibility. It has one right beside the Quiapo Church. There’s another City State Hotel near Hidalgo Street and Carriedo LRT Station, just right beside SM Carriedo.
- Citystate Hotel Quiapo – located right beside Quiapo Church (book online) Address: 475 Quezon Blvd. Cor. P. Paterno Quiapo, Santa Cruz, Manila, Philippines
- Citystate Hotel Palanca – in front of SM Carriedo (book online) Address: C. Palanca Sr. St., (near Hidalgo Camera Shops), Santa Cruz, Manila, Philippines
Public Safety Tips
The Philippine National Police is once again expected to deploy a large number of cops to ensure peace and order during the religious festival. Paramedics are always on standby for those who might need medical assistance.
As before, mobile phone coverage will be turned off in the area and the entire route may be declared as a “no-fly zone” which means drones and other flying devices will be prohibited.
The Traslacion is one of the biggest religious events in the country and with the huge turnout of attendees, it is always best to plan ahead so you can appreciate it and for the safety of yourself and others.
Black Nazarene 2020 Procession Safety Reminders
- Leave all your valuables at home. If you cannot leave them, make sure to secure your cellphones properly. Mobile phone signals are sometimes turned off in the area for security purposes.
- Advise your family. Make sure that your house is properly secured before you leave. Check if all electrical devices are unplugged.
- Wear comfortable clothes.
- Bring an ID with the contact information of your family members, in case of an emergency.
- Bring crackers, candies, and drinking water.
- You should be physically fit. If you are not, do not take a risk and stay at home.
- Avoid alcoholic drinks.
- For photographers, make sure to check the procession route and ask other experienced photographers for vantage points.
See Also: Festival in Quiapo Manila