I'm planning a quick trip for the first week of January 2018, mostly planning on staying and seeing the sites near Intramuros area.
I've been interested in seeing the Black Nazarene procession for a couple of years now. I don't know what the expected crowds are like for 2018, I hear they have been growing steadily over the years. I don't need to get up close just, get a glimpse and maybe follow from a distance if the crowds are too thick.
I'm thinking of arriving a few days early, do a dry run get to Quiapo church and familiarize myself with the area of the route.
I'm just wondering if the online sources for the times/maps and routes for the procession are accurate? The most detailed map I can find is on the GMA website from 2014 but I don't know if it's the same route as I've heard they change up every year, I don't know if it's the same for the starting point though.
If anyone has any additional advice for someone planning a solo trip with this in mind, I would really appreciate it.