The Quiapo Church will hold a motorcade and parade the image of the Black Nazarene around Manila on April 7-Good Friday, Quiapo Church spokesperson Father Earl Valdez said on Friday.
Valdez told reporters that the Nazareno motorcade will start at 12:01 a.m. The route of the motorcade had yet to be discussed.
“Dadagsa ang mga deboto (Many devotees will take part) but not as big as our crowds during Nazareno 2023,” he said in a message.
“Inaasahan din po ang increase pagdating ng motorcade, subalit naghahanda rin po sa kasalukuyan ang simbahan at pamahalaan para doon po,” he added.
(We are also expecting that more people would join the motorcade, but the church and the government are now preparing for that.)
Security at the church would also be increased during Holy Week.
Valdez said the traditional Traslacion may be back in the 2024 celebration of the Feast of the Black Nazarene and all the activities of the church, including the Good Friday motorcade, would serve as preparation for the succeeding feasts.
“Maaaring bumalik sa nakasanayang Traslacion ang Nazareno 2024, subalit mas aayusin at paiigtingin po natin na may pag-alala sa mga natutunan natin ngayon at sa nakaraang Nazareno 2023,” he said.
(The traditional Traslacion may be back in Nazareno 2024 but we will have to keep working on and recall the lessons that we learned from Nazareno 2023.)
Traslacion is the procession that carries the image of the Black Nazarene from the Quirino Grandstand back to the Quiapo Church.
The activity had been canceled since 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. — DVM, GMA Integrated News