Yearly on the 9th of January, millions of Filipinos gather in the city of Manila for the procession of the Black Nazarene, a life-sized statue of a suffering Jesus. Majority of Filipino Catholics believe that the Nazarene statue is miraculous and that it can even heal terminal diseases and help those in need. Due to this, attendance of devotees has grown evidently in the past 20 years, and the route has been stretched to contain the growing crowds.
The celebration is broadcasted nationwide where it moves through the streets and along a 6.5 km route from Rizal (Luneta) Park to the minor basilica in Quiapo. The procession usually takes 18 to 22 hours and as the opportunity to touch the Nazarene becomes possible, it results in serious casualties.
Along with this, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) released an advisory for the public and a statement that signal jamming is expected for safety precautions.
Also, Mayor Joseph Estrada suspends classes and work in government offices on January 9, 2019 in Manila City.
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