Hundreds of thousands of barefoot devotees on Sunday inched their way through the capital of the Philippines for an annual procession honouring a centuries-old black statue of Jesus Christ.
More than two-thousand police - double last year's number - 14 ambulances, six fire trucks, bomb-sniffing dogs and hundreds of civilian volunteers were deployed along the route of the tumultuous procession.
The heightened security came after police said they had foiled an attempt by Islamic militants to bomb the festival, which honours the Black Nazarene, a wooden life-size statue brought from Mexico by Spaniards in 1606.
Devotees, many carrying small towels or handkerchiefs, squeezed their way to touch the statue or grab a piece of the rope used to pull the cart to ask special favours or give thanks for granted ones.
On Saturday, police filed charges of illegal possession of explosives and firearms against five men who allegedly planned to bomb the procession.
The chief of metropolitan Manila's Criminal Investigation and Detection Group said they were among 17 people detained on Thursday in a raid on an Islamic centre where homemade bombs and weapons were found.
He said the five allegedly belonged to a terrorist group called Hukbong Khalid Trinidad or Khalid Trinidad Army, part of the clandestine Rajah Solaiman Movement.
He said the group planned to set off bombs on Sunday during the feast in Manila's Quiapo district.