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All systems go – Mayor Honey on Black Nazarene Feast Celebration

Honey Lacuna at the Quirino Grandstand
Manila Mayor Honey Lacuna points to City Engineer Armand Andres the debris that littered the site of the dismantled COVID Field Hospital during her ocular inspection at the Quirino Grandstand. With them is MPD Director PBGen. Andre Dizon (left). (JERRY S. TAN)

IT’S all systems go for the celebration of the Feast of the Black Nazarene on Monday, January 9.

This was announced by Manila Mayor Honey Lacuna, who personally checked on the expected flow of devotees during the scheduled mass and ‘Pagpupugay’ to the replica of the Black Nazarene that will be brought at the Quirino Grandstand. The ‘Pagpupugay,’ where the touching and wiping of the foot of the revered image replaces the traditional ‘Pahalik’ where devotees line up to kiss the icon.

In her ocular inspection at the grandstand, Lacuna was accompanied by Manila Police District (MPD) Director PBGen. Andre Dizon and City Engineer Armand Andres, whom she directed to clear the site where the COVID Field Hospital was dismantled, since the place was littered with debris.

Lacuna also specifically gave directions for the requirements on needed barricades, portalets and sound system, among other physical arrangements made in the area.

Meanwhile, Dizon said that the security forces that will be deployed for the Nazareno 2023 activities will come from the MPD, Northern Police District, Southern Police District, Eastern Police District, Quezon City Police District, Bureau of Fire Protection, the Metro Manila Development Authority and the Armed Forces of the Philippines, among others.

Lacuna expressed confidence that Dizon and his team will be able to efficiently secure the events slated for the said feast celebration, the first to be held since the pandemic began.

A mass is expected to be held in the area while devotees are expected to begin lining up for the “Pagpupugay’ where a separate line will be formed for senior citizens, pregnant women and persons with disability.

A ‘Walk of Faith’ will also be held in lieu of the traditional ‘Traslacion’.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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