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Traslacion in 2024 highly possible – Mayor Honey

Honey Lacuna and Black Nazarene
Mayor Honey Lacuna pays her respects to the revered image of the Black Nazarene when it was brought to the Manila City Hall for the Good Friday motorcade in Manila. (JERRY S. TAN)

THE city government of Manila is mulling the possibility of allowing the holding of the traditional ‘Traslacion’ in 2024.

This, after the motorcade for the Black Nazarene held on Good Friday proved to be very orderly and without any hitches.

Manila Mayor Honey Lacuna earlier agreed with the Quiapo Church authorities and Hijos Del Nazareno to hold a motorcade instead of the regular procession on Good Friday.

In her pronouncements, the lady mayor said that the outcome of the said motorcade will become the local government’s gauge on whether or not the ‘Traslacion’ can already be allowed in January next year.

The motorcade held at 12:01 a.m. on Good Friday, April 7, took off from and ended at the Quiapo Church, carring a replica of the revered Black Nazarene.

A prepared route similar to that of the annual Traslacion was followed with over 11,000 people participating.

The conduct of the said motorcade will be important in assessing how the Feast of the Black Nazarene may be celebrated on January 9 next year, Lacuna said.

Although the number of attendees was far from the January 9 Feast of the Black Nazarene processions, Lacuna said the success of the motorcade showed how the organizers and the Hijos can handle huge crowds.

The possibility of a Traslacion being held in 2024 is being highly considered, the lady mayor said, after the devotees showed that they are disciplined and can conduct themselves in an orderly fashion while expressing deep faith.

If and when this happens, Lacuna said that full support will be provided by the local government through the Manila Parking and Traffic Bureau, city engineering office, Manila Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office, Manila Police District and the department of public services, among others and just like what Manila did during the Good Friday motorcade.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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