Avoid Street Food And Other Health Tips For Black Nazarene Devotees

Planning to take part in the activities marking the Feast of the Black Nazarene in Manila this week? Bring your umbrellas, drink lots of water, wear loose and comfortable clothing, and be wary of street food.

These were among the health tips issued Monday by National Epidemiology Center head Dr. Enrique Tayag, as millions of devotees are expected to take part in the festivities.

“Bring (an) umbrella[1] to cover from rain or to get shade against the sun,” Tayag said on his Twitter account.

He also advised devotees to “drink lots of water[2] to prevent dehydration.”

Devotees and visitors were advised as well to “Wear decent footwear[3] to minimize serious wounds or injuries.”

While food vendors are to be banned[4] at the vigil at the Quirino Grandstand, Tayag nevertheless warned devotees to be wary of street food.

“Be careful of street food[5], you run the risk of food poisoning,” he added.

At the venues of activities that may be crowded, Tayag advised devotees to wear comfortable clothing.

“Do not wear tight clothing[6] for ease of recovery when you faint,” he said. The Black Nazarene

feast honors the life-sized statue of Christ which is believed to have been brought from Mexico to Manila[7] in 1606 by Spanish missionaries. Millions are expected to take part in the activities[8], from the procession of Black Nazarene replicas on Monday, the Pahalik on Tuesday at the Quirino Grandstand, to the main procession in Quiapo on Wednesday.

Allergies, colds

For those with allergies, Tayag advised them to “carry tags that list your allergies[9] to aid health responders on medicines you may need.”

He also said those with colds should “cover your nose and mouth[10] when you cough, or better still stay home.”

Senior citizens

Tayag said senior citizens who may suffer more from unintentional injuries during procession should stay home[11].


Tayag warned devotees against carrying pointed objects[12]. “You may hurt others,” he said.

He also dissuaded them from bringing young children along[13], as “they can get crushed from the huge crowd.”

‘Massage soles’

For those joining the procession or walking long distances, Tayag advised them to stretch their feet and legs, and massage the soles with oil[14] after the procession.

“For swollen, hot or tired feet soak in cool water then elevate your feet[15] for half an hour,” he added.

He also advised those who feel chest pain not to hesitate to seek help.

“When you do not feel well Shout for help[16] Do not dismiss even bearable chest pains,” he said.

He also advised them not to hold their urine[17]. “Find a location to find comfort,” he said.

Medical teams on standby

Tayag assured devotees medical teams will be on standby[18] and on white alert, but advised them to know their location for easy access.

“Expect the unexpected Better still, be prepared for them They happen when you thought they will not,” he added. KG, GMA News[19]


  1. ^ Bring (an) umbrella (twitter.com)
  2. ^ drink lots of water (twitter.com)
  3. ^ Wear decent footwear (twitter.com)
  4. ^ food vendors are to be banned (www.gmanetwork.com)
  5. ^ Be careful of street food (twitter.com)
  6. ^ Do not wear tight clothing (twitter.com)
  7. ^ been brought from Mexico to Manila (www.gmanetwork.com)
  8. ^ activities (www.gmanetwork.com)
  9. ^ carry tags that list your allergies (twitter.com)
  10. ^ cover your nose and mouth (twitter.com)
  11. ^ stay home (twitter.com)
  12. ^ carrying pointed objects (twitter.com)
  13. ^ bringing young children along (twitter.com)
  14. ^ massage the soles with oil (twitter.com)
  15. ^ elevate your feet (twitter.com)
  16. ^ Shout for help (twitter.com)
  17. ^ not to hold their urine (twitter.com)
  18. ^ medical teams will be on standby (twitter.com)
  19. ^ Expect the unexpected (twitter.com)

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    Health Tips And Vitamins I Should Take Being A Growing Teen? Anyone recommend any daily vitamins i should take? please provide the store i can get em at and the price. what it does and all the details please. also any random health tips would be appreciated. thanks.

      • HealthNut
      • January 7, 2013

      A multi vitamin suh as centrum is good. Flaxseed oil capsules are great as well.

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    How Can I Get Healthy? -Health Tips? This year, I made it a point to become healthy. I have lost some weight and got rid of some acne.

    I really want to be healthy, and make sure that I look healthy.

    Can you give me some all over health tips?
    Im a teen girl by the way.

      • HealthNut
      • January 7, 2013


      The best advice I can give you is exercise daily and eat well. Eat at least 5 portions of fruit or vegetables a day. Try to cut out as much sugar and snacks as you can manage. Drink plenty of water. Exercise for about 30 minutes a day, remember this does not have to be running a million miles and lifting 10 ton weights. Walking is an excellent form of exercise and is great because you can walk briskly around shops whilst looking at really cute outfits!

      I hope this helps!

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    What Are Your Best Tips To Live A Healthy Life? Health tips in any area would be great. Especially what foods to eat, fitness tips, avoiding colds or being sick, and being happier.

    Sorry it’s so broad, but I just wanted some really good tips or secrets, or anything. Thanks!

      • HealthNut
      • January 7, 2013

      One has to be happy, not worry about everything little thing that goes wrong, think of others who have life a lot worse or the ones who are gone who whould like to swich with you, but most importantly, you must cleanse your body of toxins and take suppliments.

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    Anyone Have Some Good Tips For A College Student Who Wants To Lose About 35 Pounds? Basically Im pretty lethargic due to the studying….I do a fair bit of walking and I dont eat fast food more than a coupla times a month, but I seem to keep gaining weight. Basically I need some health tips or some way of beginning to get rid of the buddha belly.

      • HealthNut
      • January 7, 2013

      As a fellow student, I understand your struggle. My butt feels constantly glued to a seat and I don’t have the time or attention for planning healthy meals. It’s tough but I manage to control my weight and even lose weight every now and then with some pretty easy tactics. Since you want to lose it, you’ll have to get serious. I would highly recommend cardio workouts. Depending on your fitness level and personal tastes you could try at home workouts like Tae Bo or you can hit the gym (in which case walking or jogging on the tredmill mixed with weights would be effective). Basically, make yourself workout even when you feel tired from studying or a long day. Next thing you know, you’ll look forward to the stress relief. Remember to watch what you eat and consider counting calories…you may be surprised how much you eat daily! Get sleep. Lack of sleep stresses the bod out and you may compensate with food. And you definitely will have less energy for workouts. GOOD LUCK!

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    I’m Trying To Loose Weight, What Are Some Health Tips? I’m making a modeling portfolio, and I know I need to be slimmer. What are some health tips, such as eating veggies, and colors to dress in the make you look slimmer? What is skinny for height 5’8″? I am Indian (India) & German and I have blue eyes.

      • HealthNut
      • January 7, 2013

      Unfortunately there are no easy ways to permanently lose weight and most people who lose weight regain it all.

      A vegetarian or vegan diet for the rest of your life might perhaps be a good option as very few vegetarians or vegans are overweight.

      If you want a life changing permanent weight loss you need to follow a maintenance diet for the rest of your life after you reach your target weight with one of the many diets you can choose from.

      You can see further details in a web search for “how to lose weight and keep it off”.

    • Kara
    • January 7, 2013

    Any Health Or Beauty Tips You Know About Weightloss, Looks, Health Etc? I want to try and be heathlier and feel better about myself because at the moment I have really low self esteem and I want to know any health tips you guys can give me.
    – How to lose weight safely
    – How to brush your hair or teeth properly
    – How to apply makeup
    – A good cleanser that won’t harm your skin.

    Basically just anything you know about being healthy or anything you can think of.

    Person with the most tips gets best answer!

      • HealthNut
      • January 7, 2013

      Hi Kara!

      I have dealt with this problem of weight lose (and low self esteem too!) for a couple of years now. But now I reached a point where I know if I will not do something for myself, no one will do it…So, here is a list of some questions/ideas that I think you will find useful and by answering to these question you will have some ideas on what to work on.

      1. Make the time to focus on health.

      2. Take a long hard look at what you are putting into your body.

      3. How much are you eating?

      4. Drink WATER!

      5. How much do you move each day?

      Hope you will be ok soon!



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