Traslacion 2020 to have different route

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 2) – The route for this year’s “Traslacion” – the centuries-old Catholic practice of transferring the venerated statue of the Black Nazarene in a carriage from the Quirino Grandstand to its home in Quiapo Church, Manila – will slightly be different than last year's.

Fr. Douglas Badong, parochial vicar of the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene, more commonly known as Quiapo Church, said the procession, which is traditionally attended by Catholic devotees, will use Ayala Bridge in the January 9 procession.

The following is the list of areas where the image of the Black Nazarene will pass:

- Quirino Grandstand

- Katigbak Road

- Finance Road through Ayala Boulevard

- Ayala Bridge

- Palanca Street

- Quezon Boulevard

- Arlegui St.

- Fraternal St.

- Vergara St.

- Duque de Alba St.

- Castillejos St.

- Farnecio St.

- Arlegui St.

- Nepomuceno St.

- Concepcion Aguila St.

- Carcer St.

- Hidalgo thru Plaza del Carmen

- Bilibid Viejo thru Gil Puyat

- J.P. de Guzman St.

- Hidalgo St.

- Arlegui St.

- Quezon Blvd.

- Palanca St.

- Villalobos through Plaza Miranda

Badong explained that the changes were made because the Department of Public Works and Highways informed them that the usual bridges used in the procession namely the Quezon Bridge, McArthur Bridge and Jones Bridge, are under construction.

Last year, about 1.3 million devotees joined the 21-hour-long procession to touch the image of the Black Nazarene in a show of religious fervor.