The procession yesterday which was the highlight of the feast of the Black Nazarene in Cagayan de Oro City took almost 5 hours and stalled traffic along major streets around the vicinity of Nazareno Church particularly CM Recto Avenue, Julio Pacana, Gaabucayan, Osmeña and Apolinar Velez.
As a consequence, the impact on traffic flow had a domino effect in Divisoria, Carmen, Cogon, Puntod and Kauswagan. Even single motorcycles had no chance of moving past the sea of devotees. As quoted in news reports, police estimate the crowd to be 12,000 at most (LINK). The “Traslacion”, Spanish for Translation (see definition HERE) began in Lapasan and ended up at the Nazareno Church just before 7:30 in the evening. The annual procession has become a social religious phenomenon in the city ever since the Black Nazarene relic came to the city a few years ago.
Photo below taken around 6:20 in the evening shows the carriage as it approaches Licoan along Julio Pacana Street. Many people had the chance of walking on top of the flyover.
The whole expanse of CM Recto Avenue, considered the widest road in the city was basically “unpassable” to motorists. Photo below shows the portion near Nazareno Church and Centrio Mall.
with photos by Vincent Tom Udasco and Kim Derama Zaldivar