CDO ‘Trasla­cion’ draws 200,000

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Front Page - By Al­wen Salir­ing

An es­ti­mated 200,000 devo­tees joined the an­nual ‘Trasla­cion’ of the Black Nazarene in Ca­gayan de Oro City Tues­day, January 9.

The throng of faith­ful who es­corted the replica of the Black Nazarene from St. Au­gus­tine’s Cathe­dral to the Nazareno Church in Barangay La­pasan stretched for some two-kilo­me­ters from end to end.

Be­gin­ning at 5 dawn and end­ing about two hours later, the Catholic faith­ful marched from St. Au­gus­tine’s Cathe­dral pass­ing through Fer­nan­dez

and Velez streets and CM Recto Av­enue be­fore fi­nally end­ing at the Nazareno Church.

Devo­tees waved their hand­ker­chiefs bear­ing Christ’s face and re­peat­edly shouted “Viva! He­sus Nazareno!” as they at­tempted to go near the replica have their tow­els touch the im­age of the Christ.

Rexis Na­p­atal, a devo­tee for al­most nine years and an Hijo of the Black Nazarene, said he al­ways felt the joy and pride when car­ry­ing the icon.

“Dako nga kaus­a­ban gikan sa akong pagka de­boto. Naka tra­baho ko sa gawas na­sod og 4 ko ka tuig. Diri nako naka negosyo og kananan diri sa Cen­trio Ayala og Shop­wise. Pero ni­abot lang bsan wakoy knowl­edge sa negosyo. (There is a big dif­fer­ence since be­ing a devo­tee of the Black Nazarene. I got hired in abroad then af­ter my 4 years of con­tract I went back in Ca­gayan and started my food chain busi­ness in Cen­trio Ayala and Shop­wise. It was re­ally un­ex­pected),”Na­p­atal said. Chief In­spec­tor Mardy Hor­tillosa II, spokesper­son of the Ca­gayan de Oro City Po­lice Of­fice (Cocpo), said the se­cu­rity contin­gent of more than 2,000 uni­formed and non-uni­formed per­son­nel in­clud­ing the mil­i­tary and road traf­fic en­forcers were con­stantly mon­i­tor­ing the Church grounds and the pro­ces­sion route.

Hor­tillosa also thanked the devo­tees for giv­ing their full sup­port in fol­low­ing the safety mea­sures im­posed by the au­thor­i­ties.

Though there were vi­o­la­tions made by some devo­tees, Hor­tillosa said it was just too min­i­mal and can still be controlled by the po­lice per­son­nel.

The first aid sta­tions in­stalled by the City Dis­as­ter Risk Reduction and Man­age­ment Depart­ment (CDRRMD) recorded seven peo­ple who passed out dur­ing the pro­ces­sion.

In Manila also yes­ter­day, the pro­ces­sion of the Black Nazarene from the Quirino Grand­stand to the Quiapo Church is moved both “smoothly and fast” com­pared to the previous year, a po­lice of­fi­cial said.

“Ang paglabas po ng Nazareno dito sa Quirino Grand­stand ay me­dyo may ka­bil­isan at in or­der. From Quirino Grand­stand to the first seg­ment ng Roxas Boule­vard, P. Bur­gos is maayos na­man po naitawid ang Nazareno “Su­per­in­ten­dent Emerey Abat­ing, com­man­der of the Manila Po­lice Dis­trict (MPD) Sta­tion 5 in Luneta, said.

“We’re happy na ev­ery­thing went smoothly and nagkaron ng min­i­mal in­juries pero na­treat na­man po la­hat,” he added.

Abat­ing said the smooth flow and the peace­ful­ness of the event can be at­trib­uted to the prepa­ra­tions made par­tic­u­larly by the po­lice and the church’s ad­min­is­tra­tion to en­sure the suc­cess and se­cu­rity of the feast.

“Ang tar­get ta­laga namin is from ‘pa­ha­lik’ hang­gang sa paglabas ng Nazareno, ‘yun po ang gusto nam­ing mang­yari na ‘pag naayos namin yung paglabas ng Nazareno, it’s a good sign for us na magig­ing maayos yung pru­sisyon ng Nazareno,” he said.

The of­fi­cial said po­lice forces were strate­gi­cally de­ployed. Those as­signed to man the vicin­ity of the Quirino Grand­stand where the kiss­ing of the pa­tron oc­curred since yes­ter­day and those as­signed to se­cure the Mass held be­fore the pro­ces­sion were be­ing re­as­signed to other ar­eas as the Trasla­cion pro­gresses.

Abat­ing said with the move­ment of the pro­ces­sion, they are ex­pect­ing the im­age of the Black Nazarene to reach the Quiapo Church be­fore mid­night.

The Na­tional Cap­i­tal Re­gion Po­lice Of­fice (NCRPO) said over 5,000 po­lice of­fi­cials were de­ployed to en­sure the peace and or­der of the an­nual event that at­tracts mil­lions of devo­tees.

As of 11 a.m., the front of the pro­ces­sion has reached the Jones Bridge in Manila, with more or less 274,000 peo­ple.

Mean­time, the Philip­pine Red Cross said that as of 11:30 a.m., 621 pa­tients have been at­tended to in­clud­ing 232 who ex­pe­ri­enced high blood pres­sure, 237 who suf­fered from mi­nor in­juries such as abra­sions, lac­er­a­tions, vom­it­ing, body and ab­dom­i­nal pain, fever, dizzi­ness, sprain and toothache while 22 others ob­tained ma­jor in­juries such as bone frac­ture.

In 2017, the re­li­gious ac­tiv­ity lasted a to­tal of 22 hours and 19 min­utes. With a re­port from Cyrill Gar­cia, USTP in­tern, and SunS­tar Philip­pines

(ER­WIN M. MASCARINAS)

TRASLA­CION. Some 200,000 Catholic devo­tees took part in the an­nual ‘Trasla­cion’ of the Black Nazarene in Ca­gayan de Oro City Tues­day, January 9. This year’s pro­ces­sion left St. Au­gus­tine’s Cathe­dral at 5 am and ended at the Je­sus Nazareno Par­ish along Claro M. Recto Av­enue two hours later.

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