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Residents visit their departed loved ones at a common grave on the eve of the All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day celebration in Las Pinas, Metro Manila...Residents visit their departed loved ones at a common grave on the eve of the All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day celebration, a Roman Catholic feast in the Philippines, at a cemetery in Las Pinas, Metro Manila, October 31, 2013.     REUTERS/Erik De Castro (PHILIPPINES - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION ANNIVERSARY)

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Filipino boys play basketball at an improvised court hooked on multi-layered tombs at a public cemetery in Navotas, north of Manila, Philippines. Filipinos are expected to flock to cemeteries on Nov. 1 to remember their dead as they observe All Saints Day in this predominantly Roman Catholic country. Read more

Students dressed as zombies participate in an annual Halloween Costume Parade in Manila on October 30, 2013. The activity aims to celebrate Halloween in a creative and fun way through showcase of different scary costumes.

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Students dressed as zombies take part in an annual Halloween costume parade in Manila on Wednesday.

Protesters, some dressed in their Halloween costumes, march towards the Philippine Senate to demand the scrapping of the government funds intended for development projects by lawmakers known as "Pork Barrel" fund Wednesday Oct. 23, 2013 at suburban Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines. The "Pork Barrel" scandal was exposed following the surrender of Janet Lim Napoles, a wealthy businesswoman who allegedly stole huge amounts of government development funds in conspiracy with powerful lawmakers. Napoles is set to appear before the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee on Nov. 7.

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Protesters, some dressed in Halloween costumes, on Wednesday march towards the Philippine senate, south of Manila, to demand the scrapping of government funds intended for development projects. Janet Lim Napoles, a wealthy businesswoman who allegedly stole huge amounts of government development funds in conspiracy with powerful lawmakers, is set to appear before the senate on November 7.

Students from President Corazon Aquino Elementary School use their notebooks to cover their heads as they participate in an earthquake drill in Manila on October 18, 2013, after a 7.1-magnitude earthquake that hit the central Philippine island of Bohol. Road access to the worst-hit towns on the central island of Bohol remained cut, two days after the quake destroyed buildings and triggered landslides that engulfed homes and highways, regional civil defence chief Minda Morante said.

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Students from President Corazon Aquino elementary school use notebooks to cover their heads as they take part in an earthquake drill in Manila on Friday, after a 7.1-magnitude earthquake hit the central Philippine island of Bohol.

Thousands of people line up for charity ...Thousands of people line up for charity packages being given out by the politically-influential Filipino sect, Iglesia ni Cristo (Church of Christ) in Manila on October 14, 2013, as they hold a massive evangelical event in five arias in the city that attracted over a million people and brought Manila to a standstill with gigantic traffic jams. The sect of about three million is dwarfed by the country's huge number of Roman Catholics but is known for the unity and the discipline its followers show to their leaders. Its members vote as a bloc which gives them great political weight. During elections, many Filipino politicians seek the 'anointment' of the leaders of the sect to win the votes of their followers.   AFP PHOTO / Jay DIRECTOJAY DIRECTO/AFP/Getty Images

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Thousands of people line up for charity packages being given out by the Filipino sect Iglesia ni Cristo (Church of Christ) in Manila as they hold an evangelical event in five areas in the city. The event attracted more than 1m people and brought Manila to a standstill. The sect of about 3m is dwarfed by the number of Roman Catholics but is known for the unity and discipline its followers show to their leaders. Its members vote as a bloc which gives them political weight.

Residents wade through a flooded street in Manila on August 20, 2013. Flood-battered residents of the Philippine capital and surrounding areas appealed for help on August 20 as relentless monsoon rains, which have claimed at least seven lives, submerged more than half of Manila.

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Residents wade through a flooded street in Manila. Flooded residents of the Philippine capital and surrounding areas appealed for help on Tuesday as relentless monsoon rains, which have claimed at least seven lives, submerged more than half of Manila.

Workers wade through floodwaters caused by monsoon rain, intensified by tropical storm Trami, in Kawit town of Cavite city

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Workers wade through floodwaters caused by monsoon rain, intensified by tropical storm Trami, in Kawit, Cavite province, south of Manila, on Monday. Heavy rain in the Philippine capital forced the closure of government offices, schools, banks and most private companies on Monday, and residents in parts of the city and nearby provinces had to flee from their homes because of floods.

TOPSHOTS Residents wade through water se...TOPSHOTS Residents wade through water searching for salvageable materials after a fire razed a slum area in Manila on July 24, 2013. Almost 200 houses were destroyed, leaving 400 residents homeless, according to a local media report.   AFP PHOTO/NOEL CELISNOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images

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Residents wade through water searching for anything that can be salvaged after a fire razed a slum area in Manila. Almost 200 houses were destroyed, leaving 400 residents homeless, according to a local media report. Read more

TOPSHOTS A policeman (L) leads out a res...TOPSHOTS A policeman (L) leads out a resident carrying salvaged belongings from his burning house as a fire engulfs a shanty town in the financial district of Manila on July 11, 2013, leaving more than 1,000 people homeless according to city officials. There were no immediate reports of casualties from the blaze, which occurred mid-morning amid government plans to relocate thousands of families living in areas vulnerable to floods and typhoons.    AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBETED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images

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A policeman helps a resident away as a fire engulfs a shanty town in the financial district of Manila, Philippines on Thursday, leaving more than 1,000 people homeless, according to city officials. There were no immediate reports of casualties from the blaze. Read more

.A resident (C) carrying salvaged belongings escapes out of a window of his burning house

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A resident carrying salvaged belongings escapes out of a window of his burning house as fire engulfs a shanty town in the financial district of Manila on Thursday, leaving more than 1,000 people homeless, according to city officials