Caregivers of patients hold plastic chairs over their heads while a nurse takes cover under a table as they participate in a metropolitan Manila-wide earthquake drill designed to boost preparedness in the country at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center in suburban Quezon city, north of Manila, Philippines. Filipinos poured out of buildings and shopping malls in a massive drill across Manila on Thursday to brace for an earthquake that experts fear could kill tens of thousands and displace millions.
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An eight-month pregnant woman stands near the entrance of her home at a flooded squatter colony beside a creek in Meycauayan Bulacan north of Manila in the Philippines on Friday
A boy runs as heavy rains and high waves brought by typhoon Linfa, locally named Egay, crash along a breakwater along Manila Bay at a slum area in Baseco, Tondo in Manila on Monday
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 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
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
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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 Thursday
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.
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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.
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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 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.
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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 silhouetted as the sun sets over Manila Bay in Manila, Philippines.
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 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
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Filipino Catholics gather for Pope Francis’s arrival in Manila, Philippines.
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.