Quiapo Fiesta 2018: Feast of the Black Nazarene 2018 Schedule of Activities, Procession Route, Traffic Advisory and More

Every year, Devotees are preparing for the Feast of the Black Nazarene. Considered as the World’s largest Feast Of The Black Nazarene, This Quiapo Festival is a yearly event celebrated a few days after the new year. Devotees from all over the Philippines are participating in many activities scheduled every January 9.

Devotees need to swim and climb to the sea of people to touch or kiss the statue of the Black Nazarene on Monday (Jan. 9, 2017) during the "Traslacion" at Liwasang Bonifacio former Plaza Lawton in Manila. (PNA photo by Oliver Marquez) lgi/fom
Devotees need to swim and climb to the sea of people to touch or kiss the statue of the Black Nazarene on Monday (Jan. 9, 2017) during the “Traslacion” at Liwasang Bonifacio former Plaza Lawton in Manila. (PNA photo by Oliver Marquez)
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Known as the Pista ng Itim na Nazareno ng Quiapo or Quiapo Fiesta, this is a religious festival and one of the highly celebrated events in the Philippines, particularly in Manila. The ceremonial transfer or “Traslacion” of the centuries-old Black Nazarene of Quiapo (Poong Nazareno), a statue depicting the Lord in Passion, from Quirino Grandstand in Luneta to its home inside the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene in Quiapo, is the highlight of this festival. Millions of devotees attend this event as it is believed to bless and fulfill wishes.


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According to Manila Police District, the 2017 Traslacion was the longest in history, the procession lasted for 22 hours and 19 minutes. With 3.5 million devotees who joined, the 2017 edition also hit a record-breaking number according to MPD.

Feast of the Black Nazarene 2018 Activities Schedule

Heres the official Traslacion 2018 Schedule of Activities

  • December 31, 2017: 2:00am Thanksgiving Procession
  • December 31, 2017 – January 8, 2018: 6:00PM Novena Mass
  • January 7, 2018: 1:30PM Itim na Nazareno Replica Procession
  • January 9, 2018: 12MN Eucharistic Celebration at the Quirino Grandstand
  • January 9, 2018: After 5AM Morning Prayer – Start of Traslacion from Luneta to Quiapo Church
Traslacion 2018 Calendar of Activities
Traslacion 2018 Calendar of Activities Source: Quiapo Church – Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene FB Page

2018 Feast of the Black Nazarene Procession Route

Here is the approved Traslacion 2018 procession route:

  • Quirino Grandstand (Rizal Park)
  • left to Katigbak Drive thru Padre Burgos Street
  • left to Taft Avenue thru Jones Bridge
  • right to Dasmariñas Street
  • right to Plaza Sta. Cruz Street
  • left to Carlos Palanca Street thru under Quezon Bridge
  • left to Quezon Boulevard
  • right to Arlegui Street
  • right to Fraternal Street
  • right to Vergara Street
  • left to Duque de Alba Street
  • left to Castillejos Street
  • left to Farnecio Street
  • right to Arlegui Street
  • left to Nepomuceno Street
  • left to Concepcion Aguila Street
  • right to Carcer Street
  • right to Hidalgo thru Plaza del Carmen
  • lefdt to Bilibid Viejo thru Gil Puyat
  • left to J.P. De Guzman Street
  • right to Hidalgo Street
  • left to Barbosa Street (Bautista Street)
  • right to Globo de Oro Street thru under Quezon Bridge
  • right to Palanca Street
  • right to Villalobos thru Plaza Miranda and to Quiapo Church
feast of black nazarene 2018 schedule
feast of black Nazarene 2018 schedule

Alternate Routes during 2018 Black Nazarene Procession / Traslacion

Despite being declared an official holiday in Manila, there is still an expectation of traffic in the whole Metro Manila since millions of devotees are taking part in the procession. Because of the expected slow flow of vehicles, there are several alternate routes provided to public and private vehicles to ensure that commuters could still reach their destinations on time.

The following alternative routes were stated in the MPD’s rerouting advisory:

  • Vehicles traveling Burgos Street shall turn right to Finance Road to Ayala Boulevard
  • Vehicles coming from southern part of Manila intending to utilize the northbound of Roxas Boulevard from TM Kalaw Street left to M. Orosa Street going to Intramuros left to A. Soriano Street
  • Trucks and other heavy vehicles intending to utilize the stretch of Bonifacio Drive Southbound Lane shall turn around Anda Circle going back to Northbound Lane of Road 10 to C3
  • Light vehicles intended to utilize the stretch of Bonifacio Drive and Roxas Boulevard southbound shall turn around to Anda Circle going to A. Sereno right to Gen. Luna to Burgos-Orosa Street left to Kalaw to Taft Avenue to Point of destination
  • Vehicles coming from Caloocan City utilizing Rizal Avenue shall turn right to Fugoso Street or turn right to CM Recto Avenue
  • Light vehicles intending to utilize the stretch of Bonifacio Drive and Roxas Boulevard southbound lane shall turn around to Anda Circle going to Delpan or Moriones
  • Vehicles coming from Quezon City using the stretch of España Avenue shall turn right to P. Campa Street then turn left to Andalucia Street then turn right to Fugoso Street turn right to CM Recto Avenue
  • Vehicles coming from España Avenue intending to proceed to Southern Pier Zone shall turn left to Nicanor Reyes Street then turn right or left to CM Recto Avenue
  • Vehicles coming from Legarda Street shall turn right to CM Recto Avenue or turn left to Mendiola Street
  • Heavy vehicles/cargo trucks shall take President Osmeña to President Quirino going to Nagtahan via AH Lacson to Capulong (vice-versa) Source: Inquirer.net 

How to Get to Quiapo Church

Quezon Boulevard, the main road to Quiapo Church, will not be passable during the festival day. The best way to reach the church is by using LRT 1 or LRT 2.

  • Via LRT 1 – Get off at the Recto Station then walk towards the church from Claro M. Recto.
  • Via LRT 2 – Get off at the Carriedo or Central Station then walk towards the Quiapo Church.

Best Places to Stay in Quiapo, Manila during the Festival of the Black Nazarene 2018

City State Hotel is the best place to stay in Quiapo, Manila due to its accessibility. It has one right beside the Quiapo Church and another one near Hidalgo Street and Carriedo LRT Station, just right beside SM Carriedo.

  • Citystate Hotel Quiapo – 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

Feast of the Black Nazarene Important 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 emergency.
  • Bring crackers, candies, and 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

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