Turning over a new leaf for the feast of St John
FROM bomb-fires to all-night parties, people are prone to do strange things to celebrate the feast day of St John the Baptist.
It would however, be hard to out-do this resident of Bibiclat, Aliaga township, of the Nueva Ecija province in the northern Philippines.
He covered himself in mud and then wrapped himself in dried banana leaves to make the rounds of houses to beg for candles prior to attending a Mass.
The unique annual tradition, which dates back to the 1940s, is being observed to pay homage to Saint John, whom they claimed saved the lives of residents of this village. The residents are known as 'Taong Putik' or Mud People. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)