Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Thousands of Philippine Catholics flood the streets for the Black Nazarene procession

Thousands of Philippine Catholics flood the streets for the Black Nazarene procession

A girl carries a miniature image of the Black Nazarene in Quiapo, Manila.

"I will be the hermano mayor again for the feast of the Black of Nazarene", Estrada said.

Around 380,000 people were in the Manila procession, based on an early afternoon estimate by police, excluding those waiting elsewhere along the parade route.

If approved, the proposed liquor ban will cover the 5-kilometer radius of the procession route including Quirino Grandstand and Quiapo Church.

Coronel said the image of the Black Nazarene would no longer pass through Lagusnilad Bridge and instead counterflow to the westbound lane of P. Burgos street heading toward Jones Bridge.

He said road obstructions such as electric cables and open manholes need to be cleared.

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Police say more than one million people have joined the Catholic ritual.

Explaining the strong Filipino devotion, Monsignor Sabino Vengco, a prominent Catholic priest, told CNN Philippines: "People will suffer sickness, old age.so pain and suffering will always be there", he said.

In 2006, a male devotee died after a wooden plank covering a manhole collapsed.

More than 4,000 police and soldiers were deployed to ensure the procession was be peaceful, said Manila's police chief, Oscar Albayalde.

Badong said church officials have been meeting with officials of the Manila city government, National Parks Development Committee and other local offices in preparation for the event. Officers of the Manila Police District announced last month that the 10-day series of activities that began on December 31 has an estimated participants of 18.9 million.

Albayalde said they have yet to detect any security threat for this year's procession but noted that they are continuously monitoring certain groups as the NCRPO can not discount the possibility of any disruption of the feast. Thousands are expected to attend this year's "traslacion" procession in Manila, January 9, 2018.

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