To our Catholic brothers (and non-attending motorist friends) who will be gracing the procession for the Feast of The Black Nazarene this Thursday, January 9: expect the worst of Manila traffic tomorrow! The Manila Police District is advising all motorists and commuters to take alternate routes, so you might want to check out which roads to avoid in line with tomorrow's feast.
Just to give you a primer, the procession will start with a mass at the Quirino Grandstand. The image of the Black Nazarene will pass by Katigbak Drive, Padre Burgos, and Taft Avenue, then all the way to Jones Bridge. From there, the procession will pass through the streets of Escolta, Quezon Boulevard, Arlegui, Fraternal, Vergara, and Dugue de Alba. It'll also make its way to Castillejos, Farnecio, Nepomuceno, Aguila, Carcer, R. Hidalgo, Bilibid Viejo, Puyat, Guzman, Barbosa, Globo de Oro, Palanca, Lanace, and Villalobos before it heads back to Plaza Miranda.
Sounds pretty brutal? It's okay. If heavy traffic is all we need to endure, then so be it. After all, this feast is a pretty big deal. To those who may not have any idea just how precious the Black Nazarene is to our country, know that its numbers speak for itself—it's been around for hundreds of years!
Check out the infographic below to see what we mean!