2nd Place 2019 Events

Mud People Festival

  • Prize
    Gold in Events/Other, 2nd Place winner in Events
  • Company
    Princess Cruise Lines
  • Photographer
    Jophel Botero Ybiosa
  • Photo Date
    June 24, 2018

The photo depicts Mud People Festival in Nueva Ecija, Philippines on June 24, 2018. Devotees wear dried banana leaves and cover themselves with mud while offering prayer or paying homage to Saint John the Baptist. According to a local legend, the Japanese soldiers were about to execute the villagers of Aliaga during World War II. But in the midst of downpour, Japanese soldiers suddenly change their minds. Afterwards, the villagers celebrated by rolling around the muddy ground. There´s a belief that being saved from the execution is a miracle of Saint John the Baptist.