But church officials and sociologists say devotees see the event as a challenge.
Millions of Catholic devotees are expected to join the procession.
"Filipinos who come to Quiapo... get a sense of being near the Lord, of the Lord touching them and of the Lord accompanying them... through hard challenges", Quiapo church parochial vicar Father Marvin Cruz told AFP.
Aside from the thanksgiving procession last December 31, Badong said there would be a procession of the replicas of the image of the Black Nazarene on January 7.
The administration of Quiapo Church on Monday said 18 million devotees were expected to flood the streets of Manila during the procession or the Traslacion from Quirno Grandstand to the Quiapo Church basilica.
The city's top traffic cop, Superintendent Lucile Faycho, said the estimate was based on the number of attendees over the last six years.
Brig. Gen. Alan Arrojado, newly appointed commander of the military's Joint Task Force in the National Capital Region, said the military has always considered the possibility of a terrorist attack on the yearly feast.
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