Frenzied crowds, exhaustion and blazing heat were dangers bearing down on the cadre of guards who shield one of the Philippines' most revered Catholic icons from the believers desperate to touch it.
No crime was reported within the nine days of "Simbang Gabi", the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) said on Monday.
Church group Philippine Ecumenical Peace Platform (PEPP) welcomed the decision of President Duterte to resume peace negotiations with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP).
In the name of God, stop the killings,” said a Quezon City-based priest on Good Friday as he called for an end to deaths in the war against illegal drugs.
This politiko is trying something new for Lent.
Christmas should be a time for making sacrificing for others, Cubao Bishop Honesto Ongtioco said.