MANILA (UPDATED)– The Black Nazarene procession started past 7 a.m. at Quirino Grandstand on Thursday, but devotees continue to come in massive numbers, trying to reach the image of the Nazareno.
Images were posted on social media accounts, showing the state of devotees and updates regarding security and crowd control during the “translacion”.
While the image was being transferred to the ‘andas’, devotees hurried to reach the Nazareno statue.
At 7:30 a.m., the image of the Black Nazarene was transferred to the ‘andas’.
From Quirino Grandstand, the ‘translacion’ started its route around 7:55 a.m.
Doves were taken to flight to mark the start of the procession in this photo shared by ABS-CBN Channel2 reporter Francis Faulve (@Francis Faulve).
Johnson Manabat (@JohnsonManabat) of DZMM tweeted a photo of the area near Quiapo Church at 8:50 a.m.
The Philippine Coast Guard boats were sighted by DZMM’s Noel Alamar (@RadyoPatrol38) underneath Jones Bridge.
DZMM’s Dennis Datu (@dennis_datu) reported that the number of injuries during the procession were rising. Medics were on standby for those needing medical attention.
In an interview on Mornings@ANC earlier today, Philippine Red Cross Safety Services Manager Rommel Lozada said that it was still too early to compare it to last year's number.
"I would say it's too early for comparison, but if we're going to look back about 1,500 patient were catered (Last year)," he said.
Based on reports coming from DZMM's Radyo Patrol, the total count of patients being assisted by the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) have reached 118.
This number reflects 63 patients who were hit by Hypertension, 53 others who inflicted minor injuries, and 2 patients that were brought to the hospital.
As of 11 a.m. the image of the Black Nazarene have reached the area front of Manila City Hall.