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Manila collects 148 truckloads of waste after Traslacion 

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The aftermath of the revered feast of the Black Nazarene in Manila has unfolded an extensive cleanup initiative by the city government. Princess Abante, spokesperson for Mayor Honey Lacuna-Pangan, disclosed that an astounding 407 metric tons of garbage were collected—a haul equivalent to 148 truckloads. This colossal effort was spearheaded by the Department of Public Services, working diligently from January 6 to 10 to clear the debris left behind by the festivities.

The cleanup operation saw a progressive accumulation of waste, with 128 metric tons collected by Tuesday evening and the rest gathered over the subsequent days. The event, known as the Traslacion, marked by the grand procession of the revered Black Nazarene image, notably concluded within an unprecedented timeframe of under 15 hours.

Drawing an immense crowd of 6.5 million devotees, the procession commenced from Luneta's Quirino Grandstand and culminated at the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene along Quezon Boulevard.

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This annual religious event holds profound significance for millions of Filipinos, attracting devoted pilgrims from various parts of the country. The fervor and enthusiasm surrounding the Traslacion are undeniably palpable, as it signifies a powerful display of faith and devotion for many participants.

However, amid the fervent celebrations, the scale of the crowd and the event's fervor inevitably led to a substantial accumulation of waste. Despite meticulous planning and crowd management measures, the cleanup effort became a crucial necessity post-festivities to restore the areas affected by the event to their original state.

The hiatus of three years due to the pandemic had significantly heightened anticipation and participation in this year's Traslacion. The return of this cherished tradition brought a renewed sense of spiritual fervor and communal bonding among the devotees. Nevertheless, the magnitude of the event and the accompanying waste accumulation underscore the challenges faced in maintaining cleanliness and order amidst such grand religious processions.

The Department of Public Services remains committed to ensuring the cleanliness and sanitation of the areas affected by the celebrations. Their tireless efforts and dedication play a vital role in upholding the city's cleanliness standards, restoring the areas to their pristine state post-event.

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