The situation within the vicinity of Quiapo Church on Sunday (09 January 2022) had an eerie semblance to that of a ghost town, bereft of running cars, pedicabs, and most especially devotees of the Black Nazarene who heeded the call by authorities to hold off this year’s Traslacion which is usually attended annually by hundreds of thousands.
It may be recalled that a few weeks ago Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso and Quiapo Church leaders appealed to the public to celebrate the Feast of the Black Nazarene in their respective homes amid the steep rise in coronavirus cases driven by both the old Delta variant and the new Omicron version.
“Magdasal tayo kasama ang pamilya natin, magdasal tayo sa bahay. Diyos ang kailangan natin ngayon,” Domagoso was quoted by the media before as saying. “Mas mainam sa bahay muna tayo manalangin sa Itim na Nazareno.”
All physical activities related to the feast were likewise canceled to prevent the spread of the virus. (Kiara Lauren Ibanez/BENJAMIN CUARESMA/ai/mtvn)