Class suspensions in Manila for January 9 2016

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A glimpse of the crowd during the 2013 Feast of the Black Nazarene (Photo by Demetrio Ragua)

Classes in all colleges and universities, both public and private, throughout the City of Manila will be suspended this Saturday, January 9, in connection to the yearly celebration of the Feast of the Black Nazarene.

Mayor Joseph Ejercito Estrada issued the holiday proclamation through Executive Order #2 s. 2016 which was released Tuesday afternoon. The announcement can be accessed through his official Facebook page. So far, there is no such declaration for January 8, Friday.

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A glimpse of the crowd during the 2013 Feast of the Black Nazarene (Photo by Demetrio Ragua)

In his order, Estrada noted that the suspension of classes has been recommended for the sake of public order and safety. Meanwhile, the mayor added that the suspension of work for private offices will be at the discretion of their respective managements.

Just like in previous years, the Black Nazarene will be brought to the Quirino Grandstand by January 8 to begin the pahalik for devotees who wish to show their adoration for the venerated icon. It will then be brought back to the Quiapo Church in a procession called “translacion,” which usually lasts until the early morning of January 10.

The Feast of the Black Nazarene is one of the major festivities organized by the Philippine Catholic Church annually. Clad in maroon or purple and often barefoot, millions of Black Nazarene devotees from all over the Philippines flock to Quiapo, Manila on this day for a chance to touch the holy icon.

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Classes in all colleges and universities are suspended in Manila for January 9 2016

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