UK advises nationals to take precautions on Nazarene feast Jan 9

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The United Kingdom over the weekend advised its nationals to take precautions in parts of the country including Manila on Tuesday, when millions of Filipino devotees take part in the Procession of the Black Nazarene.

In its Jan. 5 update to its travel advice on the Philippines, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office cited road closures, tight traffic and possible limited mobile phone service in the downtown Manila area.

“Road closures and high levels of pedestrian traffic will make travel in the downtown Manila area difficult and cell phone coverage is expected to be limited,” it said.

“You should take care in crowded places and follow the advice of the local authorities,” it added.

But it also pointed out there will be similar festivities honoring the Black Nazarene in other parts of the country.

Philippine authorities, including the Philippine National Police, have announced preparations for the annual religious event.

These include deploying additional personnel along the route of the procession, and the possible cutoff of mobile phone signals if necessary.

Devotees of the Black Nazarene have been flocking to the Quiapo area since New Year’s Day to pay homage to their patron.

On Tuesday, they are expected to take part in the annual procession accompanying the image of the Black Nazarene from Quirino Grandstand to Quiapo Church.

The procession is expected to take the whole day.