IN PHOTOS: First few hours of Traslacion 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The 2020 Traslacion, the grand procession of the image of the Black Nazarene, was expected to end earlier than in previous years as it had taken a new route

The procession left Quirino Grandstand in Manila at 4:30 am Thursday, January 9 – more than an hour ahead of the announced schedule. 

One major change this year was that the Traslacion went through the Ayala Bridge instead of the Jones Bridge. The Department of Public Works and Highways had recommended that the Ayala Bridge was the safest bridge to cross since the Jones Bridge had recently been retrofitted.

The procession went really quick when it passed the Manila Hotel and crossed Roxas Boulevard in a matter of minutes. In the old route, this part of the procession used to take at least an hour, usually even longer. (READ: Police want faster Black Nazarene procession on January 9)

However, the changes implemented this year deprived Catholic devotees of their tradition to get near the Andas as police blocked the icon’s carriage. (READ: Faster Traslacion 2020 frustrates devotees)

Sans the police wall, Filipino catholic devotees easily climb the carriage or andas of the Black Nazarene during the Traslacion on January 9, 2020. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Sans the police wall, Filipino catholic devotees easily climb the carriage or andas of the Black Nazarene during the Traslacion on January 9, 2020.

Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

According to the Manila Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council, there were about 2,371,000 devotees following the image of Black Nazarene as of 8:50 am Thursday. 

In 2019, it took 21 hours for the image of Black Nazaren to return to Quiapo church, while the procession lasted for 22 hours in 2017 and 2018. 

Below are some scenes from Traslacion 2020:

Devotees push the police as they make their way towards the image of Black Nazarene during the Translacion in Manila on January 9, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Devotees push the police as they make their way towards the image of Black Nazarene during the Translacion in Manila on January 9, 2020.

Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

The devotees pull the rope attached to the carriage bearing the image of the Black Nazarene during the Traslacion on January 09, 2020. Photo by Dante Diosina Jr/Rappler

The devotees pull the rope attached to the carriage bearing the image of the Black Nazarene during the Traslacion on January 09, 2020.

Photo by Dante Diosina Jr/Rappler

Catholic devotees join in the annual procession of the Black Nazarene in Manila on January 9, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Catholic devotees join in the annual procession of the Black Nazarene in Manila on January 9, 2020.

Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Thousands of Catholic devotees flock to Quiapo, Manila to join the procession of the Black Nazarene on January 09, 2020. Photo by Dante Diosina Jr/Rappler

Thousands of Catholic devotees flock to Quiapo, Manila to join the procession of the Black Nazarene on January 09, 2020.

Photo by Dante Diosina Jr/Rappler

Devotees crowd the andas carrying the image of the Black Nazarene as it passes through the Ayala Bridge in Manila during the Traslacion on January 9, 2020. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Devotees crowd the andas carrying the image of the Black Nazarene as it passes through the Ayala Bridge in Manila during the Traslacion on January 9, 2020.

Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Devotees climb into the Ayala bridge to get a glimpse of the image of the Black Nazarene during the Traslacion on January 9, 2020. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Devotees climb into the Ayala bridge to get a glimpse of the image of the Black Nazarene during the Traslacion on January 9, 2020.

Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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