Traslacion 2019 ends after 21 hours

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The Black Nazarene left the Quirino Grandstand at 5:08 a.m., marking the start of a day-long procession to transfer the idol to the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene (Quiapo Church). Photo by JILSON TIU

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 10) — After 21 hours, the Traslacion or the commemoration of the transfer of the image of the Black Nazarene from Intramuros to Quiapo Church in Manila ended Thursday.

The image of the Black Nazarene returned home to the Quiapo Church a little past 2 a.m. The procession began shortly after 5 a.m. Wednesday, with a large crowd of devotees seeing it off as it weaved through various streets in its nearly six kilometer journey around Manila.

The route varied a bit as the procession skipped two streets, according to Metro Manila Police Chief Guillermo Eleazar.

The image was welcomed inside the Quiapo Church by devotees who waved white towels and cloths to show their fervor.

This year's Traslacion was completed an hour less than in 2018 and 2017.

The annual procession is a tradition that has been observed for over two centuries and is a reenactment of the transfer of the image of the Black Nazarene from Intramuros to the Quiapo Church — also known as the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene.

Eleazar said a total of 4 million people took part in the Black Nazarene festivities leading up to the Traslacion — among them the thanksgiving mass and Pahalik. Of this number, 2.5 million people directly took part in the procession.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Red Cross said as of 2:30 a.m. on Thursday, they helped 1,295 patients during the Traslacion.

At the Fiesta Mass held at midnight Wednesday, Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle said, "Pagmamahal na wagas, katapatan na naglilingkod, at pakikipagkaiisa kay Hesus, yan ang deboto ng Poong Hesus Nazareno."

[Translation: True love, honest service, and unity with Jesus, that is what makes a true devotee to the Nazarene.]