The Miracle and Love of Black Nazarene.. Procession Unveils 2017
By: Teddy Cho ID No. 11211 and Ver Garcia ID No. 11197
On January 9th, the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene held its annual feast commemorating the transfer of the BLACK NAZARENE image from Bagumbayan (Old Intramuros) to Quiapo Church Known as "TRASLACION".
This annual Feast draw huge crowd expected at 18 million devotees nationwide prompting Quiapo church to team up with the government. and various NGO's to ensure the safety, Peaceful and Meaningful Observance of the feast for the majority of the faithful and devotees.
The Planning began in July 2016 with the activation of Parish Fiesta Committee.The members comprised of head lay servants from various ministries and organizations led by Msgr. Hernando "Ding" Coronel, Rector and Parish Priest. Sub-committees were formed to focus on key result areas such as safety and security, medical team, food, pahalik, barangay visitations, environment, programs, media, liturgy and the processional activities.
Coordination was made with the various government agencies such as the City of Manila with the Mayor, former President Joseph Ejercito Estrada, as Hermano Mayor and who headed the city's response and sponsored various facilities and services; the Metro Manila Development Authority through MMDA chairman Thomas Orbos.
District Director PS/SUPT. Napoleon Coronel answers queries from the Media besides him on left is PC/SUPT. Oscar David Albayalde.
The NDRRMC, through Usec. Ricardo Jalad, the NCRPO through Regional Director PC/Supt. Oscar David Albayalde (NCRPO-MPD) and District Director PS/Supt. Joel Napoleon Coronel; the Bureau of Fire Protection, through Manila Fire Marshal Supt. Antonio Razal,Jr.; the Phil.Coast Guard through Commodore Rolando Legaspi; the Department of Public Works and Highways through Director Melvin Castro; the Department of Health through Director Ariel Valencia. Several NGO's have volunteered the services of Doctors, Nurses, Nursing aides in manning medical stations and emergency rescue units.
Media Relations Unit of Quiapo Basilica Church were all smiles at the conclusion of the Traslacion Black Nazarene media coverage.
Coordination was also done with the National Parks Development Committee, through Director Juliet Villegas, for the event hosting of the Quirino Grandstand. The Quiapo Barangay Chairmen and officers were contacted for assistance in manning medical stations, emergency units, as well as communications and food.
The annual observance of Traslacion for 2017 is a 10-day activity filled celebration from December 31 and will culminate on January 9th. A Commemoration of the Arrival of the image of the BLACK NAZARENE from Bagumbayan (Old Intramuros ) to Quiapo Church enshrined as St. John the Baptist Parish in 1767.
His Eminence Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, D.D. and Pope Francis I with the crucifix of Jesus Christ.
The famous church known for the Miraculous black image of the genuflecting Christ with the Cross on His shoulder, gained popular devotion throughout the archipelago. The church received the Papal blessing of POPE John Paul II as the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene in 1987. (VerGarciaBlogs)