1st time! Isko Moreno cancels Traslacion 2021 due to COVID-19
Manila Mayor Isko Moreno has decided to cancel the grand procession of the image of the Black Nazarene, otherwise known as the Traslacion, on January 9, 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Moreno said public health protocols must prevail over religious traditions, stressing that the COVID-19 pandemic remains a threat in Manila.
“Nakikisuyo po ako, iwasan po muna natin ang mga parada at prusisyon ngayong may pandemya dulot ng sakit na COVID-19. Maaari pong mapahamak ang ating mga deboto, mailagay sila sa alanganin,” he said on Friday, October 23.
For the meantime, nakikisuyo po ako, wala pong mga para-parada, wala pong prusi-prusisyon, dahil mahirap pigilan ang tao. At ang tao naman mapapahamak, malalagay sa alanganin,” Moreno added.
Every year, millions of barefoot devotees line up to join the procession of the image of the Black Nazarene from the Quirino Grandstand in Luneta to the Quiapo Church in Manila with the belief that the life-sized image has miraculous powers.
While Quiapo Church rector Monsignor Hernando Coronel admitted to being saddened by the Traslacion’s cancellation, he said public welfre must prevail. He said more masses will instead be held for the devotees of the Black Nazarene.
“Ang mangyayari po sa January 9 ay patuloy na mga misa, at yung ating mga bikaryo ay ilalagay po natin sa canopy po sa labas ng simbahan,” he added.