Quiapo Church, devotees prepare for Traslacion 2018

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(File photo) A scene from the 2017 Traslacion.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 2) — Millions of Filipino Catholics will again join the procession of the Black Nazarene or Traslacion in Manila on January 9.

Among them is 66-year-old Sonia Tala Dela Rosa, who gets emotional recalling how her devotion to the Black Nazarene began.

"Naiiyak ako kasi sa dami ng naging problema natin dito, di ba siguro ito yung binigay sa akin. Tumutulong ako sa mga tao, tumutulong sa lahat. Sa abot ng aking makakaya," she said.

[Translation: I get emotional because I remember all the troubles I've had, this could be the burden I carry. I help others, I help everybody as much as I can.]

She said she was "gifted" by the Black Nazarene.

"Tumutulong ako. Itong palad ko siyang ginagamit ko sa mga tao," Dela Rosa said.

[Translation: I help. My hand is what I use to offer help.]

Dela Rosa, who is now living in Zambales, is active in celebrating the feast of the Black Nazarene in her local diocese.

Donna De Alomo, another devotee, said she has so much to be thankful for because of her devotion to the Black Nazarene.

"Sa awa naman ng Diyos, napagaling Niya mga sakit ng apo ko," she said.

[Translation: With the grace of God, He was able to heal my grandchild.]

De Alomo said she doesn't mind the long hours of walking barefoot under the sweltering heat or heavy downpour. For her, it's all about faith.

"Nasa deboto naman yan eh, di po ba? Kung ano talaga ka sa Panginoon, kasi lahat naman sinasagot ni Nazareno," she said.

[Translation: It is all up to the devotee, right? How you are to the Lord, because the Nazareno answers all prayers.]

But what is it about the Black Nazarene that moves millions of Filipino Catholics to gravitate to it?

Quiapo Church Rector Monsignor Hernando Coronel said, "Sa totoo lang, maraming mga miracles. Ito yung sa mga ordinaryong tao na akala mo pambibliya lang, pero talagang nangyayari. Ako rin ay nabibighani. Yung dapat ay bulag itong batang ito, nakakakita. Dapat patay itong apo niya, pero buhay."

[Translation: In all honesty, there are a lot of miracles. These things which you think only happen in the Bible, happen to ordinary people. I am also amazed. This child who is supposed to be blind can see. Another who was supposed to be dead, is alive.]

Coronel is already anticipating more devotees to participate in this year's Traslacion.

He said, "Sabi ko sa mga kaparian maghanda tayo at mga hijos natin. I-expect natin na mas mas maraming tao, kasi siyempre in terms of trying to manage the situation ay maraming challenges ito. Maraming hamon."

[Translation: I told the priests and the clergy to prepare. Let us expect that a lot of people will come, because in terms of trying to manage the situation there are a lot of challenges.]

As early as now, Coronel is appealing to the public to exercise caution, asking drunkards to respect the event. Similar appeals are made to pregnant women, and those who have heart conditions not to take part.

"Ipagdadasal namin po kayo sa lahat ng misa dito sa Quiapo. Ipagdadasal namin na gumaling kayo," he said.

[Translation: We will pray for you in all the masses here at Quiapo. We will pray for your healing.]

Coronel added, "Kung meron kayong napapansin na kahina-hinala ipagbigay po natin ito, nakita natin sa otoridad, sa kapulisan at mga sundalo."

[Translation: If you see suspicious behavior, please let the authorities know. Tell the police or soldiers.]

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As for the traffic around the Traslacion route, Coronel said, "Hindi natin ititigil yung buhay ng buong Metro Manila dahil lang dito. Pag natapos na sa kalye na yun, basta naayos na, nalinis na ay open to the public para maka-appreciate din."

[Translation: We will not stop the lives of everyone in Metro Manila just because of this event. Once a certain street has been passed, once it has been cleaned, we will open it again to the public so they can appreciate the occasion as well.]

Coronel is hoping this year's event will be meaningful and successful, and like the previous year no casualties.