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UK to nationals in Manila: Avoid traslacion route

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British nationals in the Philippines were advised to avoid areas in the route of the yearly Traslacion for the Feast of the Black Nazarene.

The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office said the procession could last up to 22 hours, and attract over one million participants.

“You’re advised to avoid the procession for safety purposes and follow the instructions of local authorities,” it said.

On Tuesday, the image of the Black Nazarene – believed by devotees to have miraculous powers – was brought to the Luneta area for the traditional “Pahalik.”

UK FCO noted the annual procession of the Black Nazarene is to be held on Wednesday, Jan. 9, which local government has declared as a public holiday.

The procession is expected to start at 5 a.m. at the Quirino Grandstand and pass through the westbound lane of P. Burgos to Jones Bridge, ending in Quiapo Church.