Traslacion 2018 ends as Black Nazarene returns home to Quiapo church

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Exemplifying the fervor and devotion to the image were shouts of "Viva Nazareno " (Hail the Black Nazarene) and the waving of white handkerchiefs or towels as the "andas" (carriage) wended its way to the Quiapo church.

MPD director Chief Superintendent Joel Coronel led officials of the city government in inspecting the 5.96-kilometer route of the traslacion from the Quirino Grandstand to Quiapo Church, the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene.

Classes at all levels and work at the Manila city hall are suspended for the feast of the Black Nazarene on January 9, Mayor Joseph Estrada announced yesterday.

A devotee reaches out to touch a replica of the Black Nazarene.

Hundreds of people have been treated for injuries and heatstroke in a massive procession of a statue of Christ in the Philippine capital of Manila.

In a frenzied display of religious fervour, men, women and children climbed over heads and shoulders and flung themselves at the centuries-old Black Nazarene that they say performs miracles.

Estrada cited that millions of people are expected to join the celebration of the Black Nazarene procession or the annual traslacion.

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Coronel said devotees who would jump over the Jones Bridge would be arrested.

Security, provided by about 10,000 policemen and soldiers, was tight throughout the procession route, including the decision to ban mobile phone services in the Quiapo area for the procession.

A devotee for 30 years, 61-year-old Julio Castillo watched from the sidelines of the procession Tuesday after both his feet were fractured in a motorcycle accident last month, leaving him in a wheelchair.

The theme of this year's event is based on a Bible verse from the book of Corinthians: "Pag-ibig ang buklod ng ganap na pagkakaisa (Love binds us in the fullness of unity)".

Msgr. Hernando Coronel of the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene discusses the route of the Traslacion at a news briefing.

Last year, the city collected 342 tons of garbage during the festival week.

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