ATTENDEES of the Black Nazarene procession is expected to double compared to the three million who joined last year’s celebration, according to Catholic Church officials.

Monsignor Clemente Ignacio, Quiapo Church rector, said they expect devotees to flock the Luneta Grandstand and the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene (Quiapo Church) to attend the procession today (January 9), the Feast Day of the Black Nazarene.

He said the number of attendees will double due to the recent calamities that happened in the country.

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“We noticed that when our country experienced a crisis, the number of churchgoers also increased,” he explained in a press briefing.

Last year, authorities estimated the crowd at three million.

The priest, meanwhile, appealed to the devotees to just go to Luneta, where the procession will start at 7:30 a.m., since many people are expected to flock to the Basilica.

“My request to devotees who will come from other places is for them to just go to Luneta if they want to join the procession. Let’s leave the narrow road of Quiapo to those leaving in the area so as to divide the crowd,” said Ignacio.

Being held annually as part of the celebration of the Feast of the Black Nazarene, the procession will take the following route: from Quirino Grandstand going to Katigbak Drive through P. Burgos, straight to Mc Arthur Bridge, right Palanca, left Estero Cegado, right Carriedo, left Evangelista, right Raon, right Quezon Bvd., through under Quezon Bridge, left Palanca, left Globo de Oro, left Gunao, right Arlegui, left Nepomuceno, left Aguila, right Carcer, right Hidalgo, left Barbosa, right Globo de Oro St., through under Quezon Bridge, right Palanca, right Villalobos through Plaza Miranda going to Quiapo Church. (FP/Sunnex)