Hordes hoping for miracle throng Philippine Catholic procession

Throngs of Christian believers fling themselves at a historic statue of Jesus Christ as it inches through Manila for the annual Black Nazarene procession.

Today in History for January 2nd

(2 Jan 2019) Highlights of Today in History: WV mine blast; JFK declares he’s running for President; Japan captures Manila, Philippines during WWII; Lindbergh baby trial; Annie closes on Broadway. (Jan. 2)

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Manila pig roasters in Christmas frenzy

Row upon row of pigs on bamboo spits sizzle slowly over orange embers in Manila just days before Christmas, peak season for the Philippines’ pig roasting “lechoneros”.

Protest in Manila against Chinese President Xi’s state visit (2)

People protest outside the Chinese embassy in Manila, carrying placards of Winnie the Pooh mocking Chinese President Xi Jinping who is on a two-day state visit.

Super Typhoon Mankghut hits the Philippines’ capital Manila

Super Typhoon Mangkhut hits the Philippines’ capital Manila with violent winds and torrential rains as the biggest storm to hit the region this year claimed the lives of its first victims and forced tens of thousands to flee their homes.

Members of Manila’s ‘Golden Gays’ sing for their supper

Members of the Golden Gays sashay down the catwalk and strike poses to compete in a beauty pageant for elderly and poor gay men in the Philippines.

Catholic ‘Mud People Festival’ starts in the Philippines

Devotees wearing costumes made of banana leaves attend a mass as part of a religious festival also known locally as the “mud people” festival, in Aliaga town, Nueva Ecija province, north of Manila. Farmers coated in mud parade around, marking one of the Catholic nation’s most colourful religious festivals.

Manila waterway choked with plastic

The blanket of trash on a creek that flows between the makeshift homes of a Manila slum is so dense it appears one could walk across it like a paved street.