Photo story: Manila honors Our Lady of the Holy Rosary

Every year, on the second Sunday of October, thousands of Filipino Catholics hold a religious procession in the Philippine capital in honor of the Our Lady of the Holy Rosary of La Naval de Manila.

The activity recalls the battles during the early years of Christianity in the country that gave birth to the annual observance.

In 1646, the Dutch attempted to invade the Philippines in an attempt to open trade in Southeast Asia.

The story goes that Spanish and Filipino defenders prayed for the intercession of the Our Lady of the Holy Rosary. They vowed that if their prayers were granted, they will walk barefoot to her shrine in Manila.

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