Classes in all colleges and universities, both public and private, throughout the City of Manila will be suspended this Monday, January 9, in connection to the annual celebration of the Feast of the Black Nazarene. It will in effect give most Manila-based students and employees a three-day weekend.
This was confirmed by the City Tourism Office to ABS-CBN News earlier today. Former President and Manila Mayor Joseph Ejercito Estrada is expected to issue an executive order regarding the matter perhaps as soon as January 3. This post will be updated once that has been released.
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. More than 15 million devotees are expected to take part in the procession this year.