Sunday, December 19, 2010

Urban poor follow in Holy Family’s footsteps

Carrying banners, Christmas lanterns and giant puppets, some 3,000 slum dwellers marched in the streets of Manila to reenact the travails of Joseph and Mary in search for lodging in Bethlehem.

The poor people walked from Palanca Street in Manila to Mendiola Bridge, a few meters from the gates of the presidential palace, to dramatize their own search for a decent shelter.

Maria Nita Belotindos, a 39-year-old mother of three who played Mary, said what they want is to call the attention of President Benigno Aquino III to their plight.

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