Gold 2020 / Events / Other

Mud People Festival

  • Photographer
    Jophel Botero Ybiosa (Philippines)
  • Agency / Studio
    Princess Cruise Lines
  • Prizes
    Gold in Events/Other, 2nd Place winner in Events

The photo depicts the celebration of Mud People Festival in Nueva Ecija, Philippines on June 24, 2018. Devotees wear dried banana leaves and cover themselves with mud then offer a prayer or pay 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 changed 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.