#WalangPasok: Classes in Manila suspended on Jan. 9 for 'Traslacion'

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 4) — Mayor Erap Estrada suspended classes in all levels in Manila on Jan. 9 for the celebration of the Feast of Black Nazarene and to make way for the traditional "Traslacion" or procession.

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Estrada said in a press briefing on Thursday that offices in the Manila City Hall will also be closed on that day.

Authorities expect millions of devotees to join the Traslacion, an annual procession where the Black Nazarene's image is transferred from Quirino Grandstand to the Quiapo Church.

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The Manila police said this year's Traslacion may be the biggest in history.

The procession will use the westbound lane of P. Burgos St. and Lagusnilad to Jones Bridge, and some roads will be closed as early as Jan. 7.

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The devotees trying to fulfill their "panata" will walk barefoot in the procession.  

The panata entails touching the image of the Black Nazarene either by hand or with white towels in a demonstration of faith. It is believed that the Nazarene has healing powers.

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CNN Philippines Multi-Platform Writer Regine Cabato contributed to this report.

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