I looked into this for the 2013 feast but it was a bit too last minute for me. Now next years feast is approaching and I'm quite interested in attending as a spectator so I'm starting up again with some research.
I looked at a few links and sites about it last year about the statue and it's origins and the only thing new I've learned since then is that there is a route that it travels from Rizal park to the Quiapo church. I'm not religious so I don't need to get close to it or climb up it or anything and I probably won't be going to the church on the day of the feast.
I'd like to ask anyone who knows anything about this what the crowds are like along the route. especially along the first section going along the park before crossing the bridge that leads to Quaipo church. From what I've seen in the news reports from previous years the crowds aren't that bad until you get to the church and it's surrounding areas but I haven't been able to find anything out.