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For the Black Nazarene feast on January 9, Manila suspends classes and employment.

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The Feast of the Black Nazarene will be observed on January 9 in Manila, according to a statement made by the municipal government on Tuesday.

The initiative will soon be the subject of an executive order (EO), according to Mayor Honey Lacuna.

She also declared that alcohol will be prohibited from January 7 to January 9 for three days.

At a press conference on the Nazareno 2023 preparations, the mayor stated, “Yes, we will release an executive order about the liquor ban and that includes the executive order establishing January 9 as a holiday in the City of Manila.

The EO might be made public as soon as “within the day,” she noted.

On the other side, the annual religious gathering’s organizers published a list of items that are permitted at events at Quirino Grandstand and Quiapo Church.

It is permitted for devotees or attendees to bring water containers, sandwiches, and snacks, telephones, registered VHF radios, and single-handedly carried images, according to Quiapo Church consultant Alex Irasga (two feet and below).

Additionally, they might carry a clear raincoat or poncho, slippers, a wheelchair, a single-seat light chair, a flashlight, a small candle or two, and matchboxes.

In the meantime, he reiterated that it is forbidden for people to bring the following items: medium- to life-size Nazareno images; Istandarte/banners; carriages or “andas”; firearms and lethal weapons; pyrotechnic devices; professional cameras and video recorders; selfie sticks; large bags; blankets; hampers; storage boxes; portable appliances; liquified petroleum gas (LPG) tanks and stoves; tents; tables

The general public is also not permitted to bring umbrellas, alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, laser pointers, heavy objects, vehicles, motorbikes, bicycles (unless you have permission to do so), heavy meals, plastic and glass bottles, food sticks, dogs, black plastics, and jackets.

From January 7 to January 9, the picture of the Black Nazarene will be on exhibit at the Quirino Grandstand.

Four Masses will be said there on January 7 at 12:01 a.m. for the devotees and at 6 a.m. for volunteers, employees of local government units, non-governmental organization (NGO) members, uniformed people, and members of the media, with Fr. Earl Valdez officiating.

Fr. Rufino Sescon, Jr., the rector of Quiapo Church, will officiate at the 12:01 am Mass on January 8; it will be followed by the Walk of Faith.

On January 9, at Midnight, Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula will preside over the Fiesta Mass.

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