- The Translacion, or the Procession of the Black Nazarene, is a yearly tradition in the city of Manila
- Manila Mayor Isko Moreno has ordered that all government offices and classes be suspended on January 9, 2020
- Suspension of work for private companies are still left at the discretion of their management
Manila, Philippines – Filipinos are very religious, and most of the traditions that are followed are closely related to religious figures. Annual events are usually done, specially in the city of Manila every January.
The Translacion, or the procession of the Black Nazarene, is done every January, to reflect the way that the statue of the Black Nazarene was transported from Intramuros to its current location which is Quiapo Church as it happened back in 1787. The Black Nazarene was made back during the 16th Century by an unknown Mexican carver and was brought to the Philippines in 1606, which was then moved to different churches until it was set in Quiapo Church in 1787. It shows the image of Jesus carrying his cross for his crucifixion.
Every January, devotees of the Black Nazarene gather to honor the Translacion as they all believe that if you participated, your wishes will be granted. One of the well-known devotees is veteran TV newscaster Noli de Castro, who has said that his personal wish was granted.
Heavy traffic is to be expected and some roads will be closed in preparation for the procession. Manila Mayor Isko Moreno has ordered the suspension of classes for all levels in all schools, as well as all city offices and departments, except for those that handle peace and order, public services, sanitation, traffic enforcement, and disaster risk reduction and management.
As for national government offices and private companies, it is to the discretion of their management if they will suspend their office on that day as well.