New routes for Fiesta Señor foot processions in January 2024

New routes for Fiesta Señor foot processions in January 2024
Photo by Kaiser Jan Fuentes

THE public who will be joining the foot processions for Fiesta Señor in January 2024 will tread new paths, as old routes will be abandoned.

With this, concerns arose, as narrow roads from F. Ramos Street to Junquera Street in Cebu City will be part of the activities and expected to attract millions of Sto. Niño devotees.

Meanwhile, an official from the Cebu City Transportation Office said that they will tow all vehicles found parked along the routes, adding that they will not clamp them anymore.

Fr. John Ion Miranda, secretariat of safety, security, peace, and order for Fiesta Señor, announced on Wednesday, November 15, 2023, that they will follow new routes to avoid the ongoing civil works for the Cebu Bus Rapid Transit (CBRT) system along Osmeña Boulevard.

"We continuously assess the situation, and the difference is that the route from Ramos to Junquera is a little bit smaller," he said in Cebuano, adding that the route will now be longer than before.

The routes include those for Walk with Jesus on January 11, Walk with Mary on January 19, and the Visperas Solemn Foot Procession on January 20, 2024.

New routes

In his presentation, Miranda said the Walk with Jesus is a 2.4-kilometer procession that will start at Fuente Osmeña Circle and end at the Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño de Cebu.

The route covers Robinsons Fuente, F. Ramos Street, Colon Street, Osmeña Boulevard, toward the Basilica.

Photo by Kaiser Jan Fuentes

The Walk with Mary covers a 5.7-kilometer route that will start at the Archdiocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Barangay Guadalupe. The path includes V. Rama Avenue, B. Rodriguez Street, Robinsons Fuente, General Maxilom Avenue, F. Ramos Street, Junquera Street, Colon Street, Osmeña Boulevard, and toward the Basilica.

Miranda said both processions will start at 3 a.m., half an hour earlier than usual, anticipating a larger number of participants.

Walk with Jesus attracted approximately 300,000 devotees, while Walk with Mary had 400,000 participants in previous years. Both were 2.1-kilometer long.

Miranda did not mention their expected number of devotees for next year.

Photo by Kaiser Jan Fuentes

The Solemn Foot Procession, meanwhile, is a 6.44-kilometer route that starts and ends at the Basilica. Participants will turn left at the back of the Basilica, proceed right onto Magallanes St., then to Borromeo St., followed by a right onto Leon Kilat St., a left onto Alcantara St., a right onto V. Rama Avenue, another right onto B. Rodriguez Street, and onto Gen. Maxilom Avenue, F. Ramos St., and the Walk With Jesus route.

In January 2023, the Visperas Solemn Foot Procession drew approximately three million devotees, and it was only 5.7-kilometer long.

Photo by Kaiser Jan Fuentes

Towing, not clamping

Raquel Arce, head of the Cebu City Transportation Office, said that, in response to the narrow roads, they will strictly enforce a no parking policy along the new routes for the foot processions.

Arce acknowledged that roads to be used for the foot processions next year are narrower than the traditionally-used Osmeña Boulevard, thus they will immediately tow, not just clamp, vehicles found along the routes.

“The roads for next year are narrow compared to this year. So, we will inform the residences there that they cannot park their vehicles along the routes. We will immediately tow the vehicles. If we still clamp it, it will cause obstruction," she said.

Arce added that they will release a rerouting plan for all the public vehicles as the Fiesta Señor draws near. (KJF)

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