The Feast of St. James the Apostle is observed with much display of color and piety in a little town in Mindanao in the southern Philippines.
On July 24, the eve of the feast, thousands of people gather in and around the parish church and form a line to kiss the relics and the image of the saint.
At noon, the faithful bring out the image amid a frenzy of shouting and waving of leaves. "Viva Señor Santiago!" the people shout.
The celebration is a re-enactment of the Spanish-Moorish wars, particularly the mythical Battle of Clavijo in the year 844.
According to legend, Spanish forces made a last stand against the Moors who were later defeated because of the supposedly miraculous apparition of St. James.
Photos by Joe Torres.