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A girl sits on a makeshift styrofoam raft as she collects recyclable material from floating garbage in a polluted river at Navotas city, north of Manila

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A girl sits on a makeshift styrofoam raft as she collects recyclable material from floating garbage in a polluted river at Navotas city, north of Manila. 

Activists hold a protest in front of the...Activists hold a protest in front of the Chinese Consular Office in Manila on June 12, 2015, as the country commemorates the 117th anniversary of the Philippines' declaration of independence from Spain. The protesters shouted slogans against China's reclamation and construction activities on islands and reefs in the Spratly Group of the South China Sea that are also claimed by the Philippines.  AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELISNOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images

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Activists hold a protest in front of the Chinese Consular Office in Manila as the country commemorates the 117th anniversary of the Philippines’ declaration of independence from Spain. The protesters shouted slogans against China’s reclamation and construction activities on islands and reefs in the Spratly Group of the South China Sea that are also claimed by the Philippines 

An elderly resident sits in front of her demolished house during the demolition of informal settlements in order to give way to a road widening project of the government near the fish port in Manila on Tuesday. Shantytowns dot the Philippine capital where many of the city's poor are forced to reside

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An elderly resident sits in front of her demolished house during the demolition of informal settlements in order to give way to a road widening project of the government near the fish port in Manila on Tuesday. Shantytowns dot the Philippine capital where many of the city’s poor are forced to reside

TOPSHOTS A resident (front L) throws an ...TOPSHOTS A resident (front L) throws an empty bottle (C) towards advancing policemen and a demolition team during the demolition of an informal settlers community in Manila on May 26, 2015, to redevelop the area into a business district in a joint venture with a private firm. Some 500 families were affected by the demolition. AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELISNOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images

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A resident throws an empty bottle towards advancing policemen and a demolition team during the demolition of an informal settlers community in Manila to redevelop the area into a business district in a joint venture with a private firm 

Filipino linemen conduct preventive maintenance to electrical lines in a street in Manila, Philippines on Thursday. According to news reports, officials of the Philippines Energy department urged Filipinos to conserve electricity usage after it recorded its highest daily demand of 8,271 megawatts (MW) so far this year.

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Filipino linemen conduct preventive maintenance to electrical lines in a street in Manila, Philippines. The Philippines energy department urged Filipinos to conserve electricity usage after it recorded its highest daily demand this year.

A father and son on a makeshift boat made from styrofoam paddle through a garbage filled river as they collect plastic bottles that they can sell in junkshops in Manila on March 19, 2015. They earn three US dollars a day. The Philippines will be observing World Water day on March 22, a global event that focuses on finding access to clean and safe water

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A father and son on a makeshift boat made from styrofoam paddle through a garbage filled river as they collect plastic bottles that they can sell in junkshops in Manila on Thursday

Fire razed 250 houses and killed two residents...epa04667151 Majay Bugarin,5, shows  materials  he collected among debris after a fire that razed a slum area in Malabon City, north of Manila, Philippines, 18 March 2015. According to arson investigators from the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), two residents were killed and  more than 500 families were rendered homeless by a blaze that swept through some 400 houses at a shanty town amid the start of the country's fire safety month. Fire Prevention Month is observed in the month of March, with incidents of fire expected to increase during summer.  EPA/DENNIS M. SABANGAN

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Majay Bugarin, 5, shows materials he collected among debris after a fire in a slum area in Malabon City, north of Manila, Philippines. According to arson investigators from the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), two residents were killed and more than 500 families were rendered homeless by a blaze that swept through some 400 houses at a shanty town amid the start of the country’s fire safety month. Fire Prevention Month is observed in the month of March, with incidents of fire expected to increase during summer. 

Children gather near their burnt home after a fire razed a squatters colony in Tondo, Manila

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Children gather near their burnt home after a fire razed a squatters colony in Tondo, Manila, on Tuesday. About 10,000 families were rendered homeless after 5,000 houses were razed by an overnight fire in Tondo district in the Philippine capital. 

A reveller blows fire during Lunar New Year celebrations at Manila's Chinatown...A reveller blows fire during Lunar New Year celebrations at Manila's Chinatown February 19, 2015. The Chinese Lunar New Year on February 19 will welcome the Year of the Sheep (also known as the Year of the Goat or Ram).      REUTERS/Erik De Castro  (PHILIPPINES - Tags: SOCIETY)

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A reveller blows fire during Lunar New Year celebrations at Manila‘s Chinatown. The Chinese Lunar New Year on Thursday will welcome the Year of the Sheep (also known as the Year of the Goat or Ram) 

Residents search for a reusable items after a fire hit a residential area at Merville park in Pasay city, metro Manila

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Residents search for reusable items after a fire hit a residential area at Merville Park in Pasay city, Manila on Monday. At least four people were killed, local media reported.

Filipinos view a Vincent Van Gogh shaped character-themed hot air balloon being inflated during the 19th International Hot Air Balloon Festival at Philippine Air Force Hangar in Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga province, north of Manila, Philippines

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A Vincent Van Gogh-shaped hot air balloon being inflated during the International Hot Air Balloon Festival at an air force hanger in Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga province, Philippines

Houses on stilts are seen as the sun sets around the Manila bay in Manila, Philippines.

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Houses on stilts are silhouetted as the sun sets over Manila Bay in Manila, Philippines.

Pope Francis Visits Philippines - Day 2...MANILA, PHILIPPINES - JANUARY 16:  People hold up their phones and cameras to take a photo of Pope Francis on January 16, 2015 in Manila, Philippines. Pope Francis will visit venues across Leyte and Manila during his visit to the Philippines from January 15 - 19. The visit is expected to attract crowds in the millions as Filipino Catholics flock to catch a glimpse of the leader of the Catholic Church in the Philippines for the first time since 1995. The Pope will begin the tour in Manila, then travelling to Tacloban to visit areas devastated by Typhoon Haiyan before returning to Manila to hold a mass at Rizal Park. The Philippines is the only Catholic majority nation in Asia with around 90 percent of the population professing the faith.  (Photo by Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)

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People hold up their phones and cameras to take a photo of Pope Francis in Manila, Philippines. Pope Francis will visit venues across Leyte and Manila during his visit to the Philippines from January 15 – 19. The visit is expected to attract crowds in the millions as Filipino Catholics flock to catch a glimpse of the leader of the Catholic Church in the Philippines for the first time since 1995. The Pope will begin the tour in Manila, then travelling to Tacloban to visit areas devastated by Typhoon Haiyan before returning to Manila to hold a mass at Rizal Park. The Philippines is the only Catholic majority nation in Asia with around 90 percent of the population professing the faith. 

Young boys dressed as the Swiss Guard rest as they wait for the arrival of Pope Francis at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Manila, Philippines, Friday, Jan. 16, 2015. Tens of thousands of people poured into Manila's streets Friday to catch a glimpse of Pope Francis as he started his first full day in Asia's largest Catholic nation under the most intense security of his two-year pontificate. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)

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Young boys dressed as the Swiss Guard rest as they wait for Pope Francis at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Manila, Philippines. Tens of thousands of people poured on to the streets on Friday to catch a glimpse of the pope amid the most intense security of his two-year pontificate 

Manila Prepares For The Arrival Of Pope Francis

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Filipino Catholics gather for Pope Francis’s arrival in Manila, Philippines.

Residents of the garbage dumpsite of Payatas, partake of a "pagpag" or recycled meal to celebrate Thursday's visit of Pope Francis Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015 at suburban Quezon city, northeast of Manila, Philippines. Pope Francis is embarking on a five-day visit to the only predominantly Catholic nation in Asia Jan. 15-19 and is expected to draw hundreds of thousands of the Filipino faithful. In their statement, the residents are hoping for Pope Francis to take notice of their plight when he meets President Benigno Aquino III. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

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Residents of the garbage dumpsite Payatas, eat a “pagpag” or recycled meal to celebrate Pope Francis’s planned visit on Thursday to Quezon city, northeast of Manila, Philippines. Pope Francis is embarking on a five-day visit to the only predominantly Catholic nation in Asia between January 15 and 19 and is expected to draw hundreds of thousands of the Filipino faithful. 

Devotees with replica statues of the Black Nazarene participate in a procession in Manila. Millions of devotees are expected to attend the annual procession of the Black Nazarene on Friday. The Black Nazarene, a life-size wooden statue of Jesus Christ carved in Mexico and brought to the Philippines in the 17th century, is believed to have healing powers in the predominantly Roman Catholic country.

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Devotees with replica statues of the Black Nazarene participate in a procession in Manila. Millions of devotees are expected to attend the annual procession of the Black Nazarene on Friday. The Black Nazarene, a life-size wooden statue of Jesus Christ carved in Mexico and brought to the Philippines in the 17th century, is believed to have healing powers in the predominantly Roman Catholic country.

Workers wrap an evenly cooked roasted calf to be delivered to a buyer in Manila on Tuesday, for the busy holiday season. "Lechon", or roasted calf, has always been a regular fare at Philippine festivities, especially during Christmas and New Year celebrations. The Philippines Christmas season runs from December until the second week of January.

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Workers in Manila wrap an evenly cooked roasted calf to be delivered to a buyer. “Lechon” has always been regular fare at Philippine festivities, especially during Christmas and New Year celebrations

A boy looks for recyclable materials among the garbage washed ashore due to Typhoon Hagupit in Cavite, south of Manila December 9, 2014. Typhoon Hagupit weakened further on Tuesday as the storm crawled across the central Philippines, while rescue workers struggled in its aftermath to reach towns in central provinces where thousands of homes were wrecked and at least 27 people killed

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A boy looks for recyclable materials among the garbage washed ashore by Typhoon Hagupit in Cavite, south of Manila in the Philippines. The typhoon weakened further on Tuesday as the storm crawled across the central Philippines.

Typhoon Hagupit aftermath in Samar province.

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Filipino typhoon victims walk among debris in the typhoon-hit town of Can-Avid, Samar island, Philippines, on Monday. Typhoon Hagupit moved towards the Philippine capital Manila after killing at least eight people and displacing over 1m in the eastern and central provinces.