4 million devotees joined 21-hour traslacion - police
MANILA, Philippines — Around four million devotees endured the heat and battled exhaustion during the annual procession of the Black Nazarene, figures from the police showed. The initial estimate was lower than the five million expected by Quiapo Church officials. Director Guillermo Eleazar, National Capital Region Police Office chief, announced the figure after the andas or the carriage carrying the suffering image of Jesus Christ returned to Quiapo Church in Manila. The statue’s journey from the Quirino Grandstand in Rizal Park to its home church lasted for 21 hours and seven minutes. The procession—locally called “traslacion”—started a little past 5 a.m. on Wednesday and ended past 2 a.m. on Thursday.