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You Might Want to Stay Away From the City of Manila on January 9

Unless you're a Black Nazarene devotee.


( Every January 9, millions of devotees of the Black Nazarene gather at Quiapo Church in Manila to join and witness the procession of a life-size statue of Jesus Christ bearing a cross. This is in commemoration of the Traslacion in 1787, when the image was transferred from its original home (now the site of Rizal Park) to its present home at the basilica.


The Manila Police District released the new route for Traslacion 2018 on January 9, Tuesday, which will now avoid crossing the Lagusnilad Bridge for safety reasons. It will start at the Quirino Grandstand at 6 a.m. Unless you're joining the procession, you might want to stay away from this traffic flow:


  • Quirino Grandstand (Independence Road)
  • Right to Katigbak Drive
  • Straight to P. Burgos (westbound lane)
  • Go to P. Burgos (southbound lane) thru Jones Bridge
  • Right to Dasmariñas
  • Right towards Plaza Santa Cruz
  • Left to Palanca Street
  • Left to Quezon Boulevard
  • Right to Arlegui Street
  • Right to Fraternal Street
  • Right to Vergara Street
  • Left to Duque de Alba
  • Left to Castillejos Street
  • Left to Farnecio Street
  • Right to Arlegui Street
  • Left to Nepomuceno Street (counter-flow)
  • Left to Concepcion Aguila Street
  • Right to Carcer Street
  • Right to Hidalgo thru Plaza del Carmen
  • Left to Bilibid Viejo Street thru Puyat
  • Left to Guzman Street
  • Right to Hidalgo Street
  • Left to Bautista Street (Barbosa)
  • Right to Globo de Oro thru under Quezon Bridge
  • Right to Palanca Street
  • Right to Villalobos Street
  • Straight to Plaza Miranda up to Quiapo Church


For the first time, this year's Traslacion will also feature 12 prayer stations where participants of the procession can stop for prayers and incense and holy water blessing.


  • Manila Hotel
  • National Museum
  • Pedestrian underpass at P. Burgos corner Victoria (in front of Manila City Hall)
  • Pedestrian underpass at Liwasang Bonifacio
  • Escolta Arc
  • Sta. Cruz Church
  • Arlegui Street corner Quezon Boulevard
  • Pedestrian overpass in Arlegui Street corner P. Casal Street
  • Canopy of Manuel L. Quezon University
  • San Sebastian Church
  • Barangay Hall along Guzman Street
  • Globo de Oro


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