A CITY-WIDE holiday will be observed in Manila on January 9, 2023, in view of the Feast of the Black Nazarene, where all work and classes in both private and public establishments and schools, respectively, will be suspended in order to allow the devotees to participate in the activities scheduled for the said occasion.
Mayor Honey Lacuna said that the local government is just awaiting the formal go signal from Malacanang regarding the Executive Order which the city already forwarded and which imposes the said holiday that is religiously being observed every year.
Also in light of the feast celebration, Lacuna called on motorists to be wary of the road closures that will be implemented from January 6 to 9, 2023.
An advisory issued by Lacuna’s spokesperson Atty. Princess Abante said that on January 6 to 9, beginning at 10 p.m. onward, the following roads will be closed to traffic: Independence Road, Katigbak Drive, South Drive and Roxas Boulevard, (northbound and southbound, from Katigbak Drive to South Drive).
From January 7 to 9, from 7 p.m. onward, :Quezon Boulevard (Northbound and Southbound from A. Mendoza/Fugoso to Quezon Bridge, straight to Padre Burgos Park ‘n Ride); España Blvd Westbound and Eastbound (from P. Campa to A. Mendoza); Evangelista St. (from Plaza San Juan to Recto Ave; Raon St. (G. Puyat) (from Evangelista to Quezon Blvd.); P. Paterno St. (from Quezon Blvd. to Evangelista); Carriedo St. (from Rizal Ave. to Plaza San Juan); C. Palanca St. (from McArthur Bridge to Quiapo Ilalim/Quinta Market straight to P. Casal); Bustos St. (from Plaza Sta. Cruz to Rizal Ave); Northbound lane of Rizal Avenue (from Carriedo to Recto Ave); Northbound lane of McArthur Bridge; Eastbound and Westbound lane of Recto Ave (from Rizal Ave to Nicanor Reyes St) and Nicanor Reyes St. (from España Blvd to Recto Ave).
“The public is advised to take alternative routes to point of destination as indicated,” Abante stated.
Meanwhile, a mass was celebrated at the Manila City Hall on Tuesday afternoon where the image of the Black Nazarene arrived and was welcomed by Lacuna herself and tourism department chief Charlie Dungo, along with the mayor’s parents, former Manila Vice Mayor Danny Lacuna and wife Inday.
Lacuna told a press conference held after the mass that a liquor ban will be implemented from January 7 to 9 in view of the feast celebration.
The lady mayor expressed confidence that the Manila Police District (MPD) under the stewardship of its Director, PBGen. Andre Dizon, will efficiently keep the peace and order during the slated ‘Walk of Faith’ which will be held in lieu of the traditional procession or ‘Traslacion’ along with the eucharistic in-person celebrations on January 9 itself.
Dizon said 5,000 policemen will be deployed on the feast date to ensure peace and order during the observance of the Feast of the Black Nazarene.
The MPD chief had advised the devotees who will attend the event to avoid bringing children and wearing flashy jewelry.