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Photos: Philippines’ urban poor turn pre-Christmas event ‘political’

This year’s event turned “political” as the marchers trooped to the office of the country’s vice president to show support for her candidacy in next year’s elections

Urban poor dwellers marched in the Philippine capital Manila on Wednesday, December 15, to reenact the Holy Family’s search for lodging in a traditional Christmas street play dubbed “Panunuluyan.”

This year’s event, however, turned “political” as the marchers trooped to the office of the country’s vice president, Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo, to show support for her candidacy in next year’s elections.

The marchers carried pink Christmas stars, known in the country as “parol,” to symbolize the star of Bethlehem that appears in the nativity story of the Gospel. Pink is Robredo’s campaign color. (Photos by Jire Carreon)

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