Press Release
January 8, 2013

Observe cleanliness during feast of the Black Nazarene - Legarda

Senator Loren Legarda reminded devotees of the Black Nazarene to maintain cleanliness during the parade expected to be attended by millions tomorrow in the Quiapo Church area.

"The Feast of the Black Nazarene is a very important day for many Filipinos, especially for the devotees. But every year as this religious occasion is held, tons of garbage are left behind. I would like to remind everyone to show their respect to the Black Nazarene by first and foremost keeping our streets clean before, during, and after the parade," she said.

Legarda noted that according to the Metro Parkway Cleanup Group of the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), at least 1,000 sacks of garbage were collected after the parade last year.

"I would also like to stress the importance of safety and security for all the devotees. Let us take great pains in order to ensure that no one is injured or killed, that crimes like pickpocketing are avoided, and that there will be no vehicular accidents. Proper precautions should be taken by the authorities as well as the devotees themselves," she stressed.

"The Feast of the Black Nazarene is auspicious because it celebrates the enshrinement of the Black Nazarene in Quiapo Church. As we reflect upon the sufferings of Christ and find clarity and meaning in our lives through Him, let us also show compassion towards our fellow Filipinos and the environment," she concluded.

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