one of the countless numbers of Jesi paraded around the festival.  Like last year there were a few deaths from heart attacks resulting from the crush of over two million devotees.]

These pics are from 9 Jan 08, the Quiapo Fiesta in Manila. They are mostly family photos from my maternal side.

My aunts and cousin--and me.

There is a part of Quiapo where my family members make up a big number of the street vendors (they sell simple electronic devices and accessories).

After the holidays the new(ish) mayor of Manila decided to crack down on “illegal” street vendors (again). So for about a week they had to run whenever cops came (a daunting task considering how massive their stand was).

This lasted a week as a crackdown on vendors, meant no vendors for cops to collect “protection” money from. Soon a compromise was made: vendors could stay as long as their stands were on the sidewalk (cutting down most in size dramatically) AND as long as they paid cops protection (from themselves).

my uncle made a tidy sale on Jesus-related tshirt stamps.  The Quiapo fiesta, like all fiestas, have a religious underpinning.]

My uncle made a tidy sale on Jesus-related tshirt stamps. The Quiapo fiesta, like all fiestas, have a religious underpinning.

my god-daughter]

My god-daughter.

away from the main crush there were street games played on side streets.  There was food everywhere too as everyone shells out beyond their means during fiesta--an old tradition used by the Spanish to keep the peasants in debt and thus malleble.]

Away from the main crush there were street games played on side streets. There was food everywhere too as everyone shells out beyond their means during fiesta–an old tradition used by the Spanish to keep the peasants in debt and thus malleble.

For my non-family pics from the Fiesta CLICK HERE.

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