Heads Up, Motorists: Here Are the Roads to Avoid During the Feast of the Black Nazarene

Check out the procession's official route!

(SPOT.ph) The annual Feast of the Black Nazarene is slated for Thursday, January 9. Starting at 5:30 a.m. in the City of Manila, the Black Nazarene will begin a slow crawl from the Quirino Grandstand back to Quiapo Church surrounded by a sea of millions of devotees. The procession will inevitably cause quite a bit of congestion traffic-wise, so be sure to take note of the following advisories.

Official Route of the Procession

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The official route of the procession will go through the Ayala Bridge instead of the usual Jones, McArthur, or Quezon Bridges, as these links are currently under construction. It will start from the Quirino Grandstand, counterflow along Ayala Boulevard, and then cross over the Pasig River to Palanca Street. The Black Nazarene will be brought around Quiapo before the procession ends at the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene (a.k.a. Quiapo Church).

Road Closures

Several roads in Manila will be closed beginning the evening of January 8 to make way for the feast, according to a report by Philippine Star. Check out the list of closures below:

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January 8, from 9 p.m.

  • Bonifacio Drive (southbound lane from Anda Circle to Katigbak Drive)
  • Roxas Boulevard (both lanes from Katigbak Drive to U.N. Avenue)
  • Padre Burgos Avenue (both lanes from Roxas Boulevard to Jones, McArthur, and Quezon Bridge)
  • Maria Orosa Street (both lanes from Kalaw Avenue to Padre Burgos Avenue)

January 9, Thursday, from 12:01 a.m.

  • Taft Avenue/Ayala Boulevard to Jones, McArthur, or Quezon Bridges
  • Taft Avenue (both lanes from Kalaw Avenue to Ayala Boulevard)
  • San Marcelino Street (from N.A. Lopez Street to U.N. Avenue)
  • Romualdez Street (from U.N. Avenue to N.A. Lopez Street)
  • P. Casal Street (from Palanca Street to San Rafael Street)
  • Palanca Street (from Plaza Lacson to Quiapo Ilalim)
  • Quezon Boulevard (southbound lane from Fugoso Street to Quezon Bridge)
  • España Boulevard (westbound lane from Pedro Campa Street to Lerma Street)

Classes in all school levels have already been suspended for January 9

Main image from Jsinglador/Wikimedia Commons.

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