Quiapo Church to assess ‘traslacion’ glitches

Quiapo Church to assess ‘traslacion’ glitches
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Authorities said more than two million devotees joined this year’s “Traslacion” which lasted 16 hours. PHOTOS BY MICHAEL DALOGDOG, RONALYN RAMOS AND ROY LAGARDE.

By Roy Lagarde

January 10, 2020

Manila, Philippines

Quiapo Church officials said this year’s “traslacion” was the “fastest and the most orderly” so far but said they will assess all the complaints regarding the religious procession.

Monsignor Hernando Coronel, Rector of Quiapo Church, said every year is a learning experience but most of the time there is room for improvement.

“We will listen to all of them. It is a learning experience for all of us. What is applicable, we could apply. What is not we have to learn from that,” he said.

Over two million Catholics walked barefoot in Manila on Thursday for the annual procession of the wooden Black Nazarene statue.

This year’s procession also took 16 hours, nearly five hours earlier than 2016 and “one of the fastest in recent memory,” according to Msgr. Coronel.

“But I think the first one was really fast. There were no devotees climbing into the ‘andas’, no ropes then,” he said.

Some changes, however, were implemented this year as it had taken a new and shorter route.

A police blockade in some parts of the procession also deprived devotees who clamored to get near and touch the “miraculous” image.

The move was aimed at making the procession go faster and more orderly than in the past.

Fr. Douglas Badong, parochial vicar of Quiapo Church, clarified that the “andas wall” was not placed to prevent devotees from getting near the image of the black Jesus.

“It was meant to make the procession peaceful and orderly,” he said.

Police authorities said the procession was “generally peaceful” and Msgr. Coronel attributed this to the teamwork of the church and government agencies.

“Every year we are trying to improve with the help of many agencies… this time it was smoother,” said Msgr. Coronel.