Every January 9 is the annual Traslacion of the Black Nazarene in Manila. The government estimates that, like last year and the years before it, more than a million devotees will flock to the procession route, causing many roads to be completely closed for vehicular traffic.
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has released this year's procession's route which will be a different route from last year's.
The MMDA will also install 20-foot containers along designated closed roads to block people from steering the idol towards them and out of the route. This year's procession will also pass through Ayala Bridge upon the recommendation of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), further adding that it is by far the safest bridge for the annual procession and its devotees.
In case you have an appointment or will pass by the City of Manila on January 9, please see the Traslacion's official route: From Quirino Grandstand, the procession will take a left to Katigbak Drive to Padre Burgos St., then right at Padre Burgos St. towards Finance Rd. (counterflow). The procession will then take a left at Finance Rd. through Ayala Blvd. and another left to Carlos Palanca St. From there, it will take a right to Quezon Blvd., then right at Arlegui St., right to Fraternal St. and will turn left to Duque De Alba St. After that, the procession will take another left to Castillejos St., then left again to Farnecio St. before making a right back to Arlegui St.
Once at arlegui St., the procession will turn left at Nepomuceno St. and take another left at Conception Aguila St. before making a right at Carcer St. From there, it will make a right to F.R. Hidalgo St. through Plaza del Carmen, then left to Bilibid Viejo through Gonzalo Puyat St., another left to J.P. De Guzman St. and back to F.R. Hidalgo before exiting again at Quezon Blvd. From there to Carlos Palanca St. the procession will pass under Quezon Bridge, then to Villalobos St. through Plaza Miranda and eventually to Quiapo Church.
All government work, except those critical to public safety, law and order; as well classes of all levels in the City of Manila are suspended on January 9.