A number of devotees who participated the “Traslacion” or procession of the Black Nazarene in Cagayan de Oro City on January 9, Monday is considerably smaller than last year.
According to a report from Sun.Star, there are about 20,000 devotees from different parts of Mindanao attended this year’s procession. But due to the unpleasant weather condition brought by Tropical Depression Auring, a number of participants were smaller than last year, said deputy director for Operation of the Philippine National Police-Northern Mindanao, Police Superintendent Aaron Mandia.
The procession commenced at 4:30 a.m. from Pelaez Sports Center to Velez Street, then to Julio-Pacana Street, Gaabucayan Street, Agora, Valenzuela road, C.M. Recto Avenue and will conclude at the Nazareno Church.
Mandia said that the procession was, however, smooth and peaceful and any prior threats of bombing or disorder during the procession were handled correspondingly. He added that there have been no disturbances in the procession so far.
Several devotees from neighboring cities and provinces such as Iligan City, Bukidnon, Davao, Butuan, and Zamboanga also participated the “Traslacion” here in CDO.