Feast of the Black Nazarene: MMDA traffic advisory, re-routing scheme on January 9, 2015

Source: Wikimedia Commons | A replica of the Black Nazarene at Plaza Miranda during the 2010 Traslación. 

The Feast of the Black Nazarene is an annual event which is held every 9th of January in the Quiapo district of Manila.

As one of the most awaited events for most of the Filipino Catholics, believing that the Black Nazarene is a miraculous image, thousand of devotees flock just to get a glance – or even touch – the statue, which shows Jesus Christ carrying the cross.

During the Feast of the Black Nazarene, the life-size wooden sculpture of Jesus Christ is brought outside the streets of Quiapo for the annual grand procession.

This year's grand procession will be from Quirino Grandstand to Quiapo Church.

With this event, the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has released an advisory for traffic re-routing scheme in some streets of Manila to guide motorists on Friday, January 9, 2015.

As posted by the government agency that is in-charge with the traffic situation in Metro Manila in their official Twitter account, here's the traffic advisory for motorists who could be affected by the procession:

UPDATED ADVISORY (FINAL): In celebration of Quiapo Fiesta on Thursday, January 9, 2015, please see vehicle re-routing below:

RE-ROUTING OF VEHICLES:

  1. All vehicles coming from northern part of Manila intending to utilize the stretch of Bonifacio Drive (for Port Area offices) or right to A. Soriano to Magallanes Drive, right to P. Burgos, go straight to Lagusnilad to Taft Ave.
  2. All vehicles coming from Taft Avenue northbound shall turn right at A. Villegas (Arroceros), right at Quezon Bridge to point of destination.
  3. All vehicles coming from southern part of Manila intending to utilize the northbound of Roxas Blvd. from T. M. Kalaw to P. Burgos shall turn right to T.M. Kalaw to point of destination.
  4. All vehicles coming from Quezon City using the stretch of Espana shall turn right P. Campa, left Andalucia, right Fuguso, left T. Mapua to point of destination.
  5. All PUJ’s/light vehicles coming from Espana intending to proceed to South Pier Zone take the usual route using Quezon Bridge.
  6. All vehicles coming from Divisoria intending to utilize the stretch of C. Recto Avenue shall turn left to T. Alonzo, right at Furguso, right at Andalucia to point of destination.
  7. All vehicles coming from Legarda shall turn right Recto or left Mendiola to point of destination.
  8. All heavy vehicles/cargo trucks coming from the south shall take Pres. Osmena, right Pres. Quirino to Nagtahan via A.H. Lacson to Capulong (vice-versa).
NOTE:
  1. All motorist intending to proceed to North of Manila or South of Manila shall advise to utilized the stretch of Lacson to Nagtahan (vice-versa) or to utilized the stretch of Road 10 to Roxas Blvd. (vice-versa) to point of destination.
  2. All buses coming from southern part of Manila (Laguna and Cavite) utilizing Taft Ave. are not allowed to enter from 7:00 AM to 12:00 NN and allowed only up to Pres. Quirino as their turning point.
[Source: MMDA]

MMDA also posted on their Twitter account the map of Fiesta Route and Alternate Route. Commuters and drivers were advise to follow the alternate routes to ease the traffic of the areas affected.














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