Saint John the Baptist

Devotees carry a statue of Saint John the Baptist as they take part in a religious ritual known locally as "Taong Putik", while celebrating the feast day of their Catholic patron saint in the village of Bibiclat

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Devotees carry a statue of Saint John the Baptist in the Philippines as they take part in a religious ritual known locally as “Taong Putik” while celebrating the feast day of their Catholic patron saint in the village of Bibiclat, north of Manila.

People raise their hands for blessing as they attend a mass celebrating the feast day of the Catholic patron Saint John the Baptist in the village of Bibiclat...People, covered with mud and dried banana leaves, raise their hands for blessing as they attend a mass celebrating the feast day of the Catholic patron Saint John the Baptist in the village of Bibiclat, Nueva Ecija, north of Manila, June 24, 2013. Hundreds of devotees took part in this annual religious tradition, which has been held in the village since 1945.

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People, covered with mud and dried banana leaves, raise their hands for blessing as they attend a mass celebrating the feast day of the Catholic patron Saint John the Baptist in the village of Bibiclat, Nueva Ecija, north of Manila. Hundreds of devotees took part in this annual religious tradition, which has been held in the village since 1945.