Cleanup starts at Quirino Grandstand as Black Nazarene heads to Quiapo

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Photo from Cecille Lardizabal

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 9) — Traslacion organizers started the clean up at the Quirino Grandstand as the crowd started to disperse after the procession of the Black Nazarene began.

They  encouraged people to pick up their trash as they leave the area, but scattered litter - mostly plastics - can still be seen all over the grandstand.

Around 387,000 Black Nazarene devotees attended the early morning mass at the Quirino Grandstand on Tuesday, most of them are families bringing with them children and senior citizens.

Aside from the mass, the annual "Pahalik" which started on Monday and continued before the Black Nazarene left for the procession, was also held at the grandstand.

READ: Over 153,000 devotees take part in 'Pahalik' before Traslacion

On Monday, advocacy group EcoWaste Coalition and environmental advocates, including running priest Father Robert Reyes, appealed to the public for a trash-less Traslacion. In 2017, reports said the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority collected 65 truckloads or around 340 tons of garbage from Jan. 7 to 10.

CNN Philippines' Cecille Lardizabal contributed to this report.