The image of the Black Nazarene, or Nuestro Padre Jesus Nazareno, to many of its fervent devotees will be on its yearly translacion, Saturday, 9 January. This is a commemoration of the 1787 transfer from the Recollect Church in Intramuros to it its current shrine in Quiapo, the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene.
I’ve written about my experience of covering this event in a previous post, and for those who would be interested to do this or cover it, be really prepared as the closer you are to the image of the Nazareno, the more dangerous it is due to the fanatical actions of its devotees. To be on the safe side, photographers and observers should stay at the elevated part leading to Quezon Bridge, just above Quiapo Ilalim where several traditional handicrafts are sold. It offers a good vantage point for the passing procession.
Check the route of the procession from the Quirino Grandstand to the basilicaÂ prepared by Bernie of Habagat Central.