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Itim na Nazareno 2012 update: Black Nazarene procession, over 600 devotees injured

By on Jan 9, 2012 in Asia, Lifestyle Comments

Manila, Philippines – More than 600 people were reportedly injured in the ongoing Black Nazarene (Itim na Nazareno) procession in celebration of Feast of the Black Nazarene on Monday, January 09, 2012.

Black Nazarene 2012 procession, at the
Quirino Grandstand in Rizal Park

Image Credit: Danny Pata/GMA News

As noted at local early evening news on Monday, over 600 devotees have already been treated for various injuries during the annual Black Nazarene procession, and the numbers are still being expected to rise.

The Black Nazarene 2012 procession, or the 405th year celebration, which is the transfer of the image from Rizal Park to its present shrine in Quiapo Church, started via a mass held at the Quirino Grandstand.

The Catholic mass was officiated by Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Tagle in the early morning and the ‘Itim na Nazareno‘ image is being expected reach Quiapo in the travel time of between 10 to 12 hours, which according to Google Maps, the travel distance is 6.32 kilometers.

According to reports, nearly 8 million devotees from different parts of the country joined the Black Nazarene procession this year, hoping to climb the carriage (andas) and touch the so-called miraculous image.

Earlier that day, President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III (PNoy) asked the telecommunication companies to impose “no signal” in some parts of Manila, particularly the route of the Black Nazarene procession as part of the government’s security measures.

As of 6:30 p.m. (local time), the Black Nazarene procession has just passed the Manila City Hall and organizers noted that it is expected to reach Quiapo at around 12 midnight, the earliest time.

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