Manila - More than a million barefoot devotees on Wednesday joined an annual religious procession in the predominantly Catholic Philippines to honour a centuries-old statue of Jesus Christ.
More than 7,000 police officers and soldiers were deployed to secure the feast of the Black Nazarene.
The devotees, mostly wearing maroon and yellow shirts, jostled their way through a frenzied crowd to reach the carriage carrying the statue, which is considered by many Filipinos to be miraculous.
They waved towels or handkerchiefs and chanted "Viva, Viva, Viva!"
Nearly 300,000 devotees stayed overnight in a Manila park where the statue had been on display since Tuesday to allow devotees to kiss it or wipe their towels or handkerchiefs on it.