Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso praised devotees of this year’s Black Nazarene feast, as most still complied with health rules on Saturday despite the initial influx of a massive crowd early in the day.
“Be proud of yourselves. I am proud of you for showing self-discipline. Let’s show this to the world,” Moreno said, speaking partly in Filipino.
“No one has ever done this. I’ve been here for 22 years. It never happened. Congratulations to you,” Moreno said, reacting to a video of devotees following social distancing.
As of 10 p.m, there were less than 8,000 people attending the Mass for the feast.
Early on Saturday, the Manila Police District reported hundreds of thousands of devotees flocking to the Quiapo district. However, the number dwindled as Masses were held over the day while limiting the capacity of the Quiapo Church.
By afternoon, the number of devotees decreased to about 14,000.
The annual Black Nazarene feast attracts 5 to 6 million devotees who take part in the Traslacion, which was not held this year.
Netizens who observed this year’s celebration believe that the Manila City government, the local police, and even Quiapo Church officials did their part in reminding the public about the pandemic and to observe the minimum health safety standards. SOVEREIGNPH