Commuters, You Might Want to Stay Away From These Manila Roads on January 9

And even days before that.

( For millions of Filipinos, January 9 is a much-awaited day to walk with fellow devotees along the streets of Manila and join an almost-24-hour long procession of a life-sized statue of the Black Nazarene. This commemorates the Traslacion (a Spanish term for moving something from one place to another) in 1787, when the black image of Jesus Christ was transferred from its original shrine in Intramuros to its present home at the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene in Quiapo, Manila. For commuters who can't skip work, this annual religious event—one of the biggest in Asia—also means major traffic jams in the capital.

PHOTO BY Denvie Balidoy 

The Manila Police District Traffic Enforcement Unit announced road closures starting from January 7 to 9. Motorists are advised to take note of this schedule and to take alternate routes: 

January 7 (11 a.m. onwards)

Closed to traffic:

  • Southbound lane of Quezon Boulevard, from A. Mendoza Street to Plaza Miranda
  • Westbound lane of España Boulevard, from P. Campa to Lerma Street

Alternate routes:

  • If you're coming from España Boulevard going to Roxas Boulevard or Taft Avenue, turn right to P. Campa then straight to Fugoso Street.
  • If you're coming from A. Mendoza Street going to Quezon Boulevard, turn right to Fuguso Street then left to Rizal Avenue.

January 8 (during the Pahalik of the Black Nazarene starting at 5 a.m.)

Closed to traffic:

  • Katigbak Drive
  • South Drive
  • Independence Road

Alternate routes:

  • If you're coming from Bonifacio Drive and P. Burgos going to Independence Road, drive straight to Roxas Boulevard.
  • If you're coming from Roxas Boulevard and T.M. Kalaw going to Independence Road, use Roxas Boulevard.
  • If you're heading to Manila Hotel and H2O Hotel, use the one-lane access along Katigbak Drive.
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January 8 (10 p.m. onwards)

Closed to traffic:

  • Katigbak Drive and South Drive, with one lane accessible to Manila Hotel and H2O Hotel
  • Northbound lane of Quezon Bridge and MacArthur Bridge, starting from Bonifacio Shrine
  • Taft Avenue, from Ayala Boulevard to Bonifacio Shrine

January 9 (12 a.m. onwards)

Closed to traffic:

  • Stretch of McArthur, Jones, and Quezon Bridges
  • Roxas Boulevard, from Katigbak Drive to T.M. Kalaw Street
  • Southbound lane of Quezon Boulevard (Quiapo) from A. Mendoza/Fugoso Streets and España Avenue/P. Campa Street
  • Northbound lane of Quezon Boulevard (Quiapo) from Taft Avenue/Ayala Boulevard

Traslacion de Nazareno 2019 will follow the route from 2018, which avoided crossing the Lagusnilad Bridge for safety reasons. It is expected that the procession will continue until the next morning, January 10.

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