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A worker checks the coal as he roasts pigs in Manila on December 23, 2013 for the busy holiday season. 'Lechon', or roasted pig, 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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A worker checks the coal as he roasts pigs in Manila on Monday for the busy holiday season. ‘Lechon’, or roasted pig, has always been a regular fare at Philippine festivities, especially during Christmas and New Year celebrations.

Residents walk along coastal village while strong winds from Typhoon Haiyan battered Bayog town in Los Banos

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Residents walk along the coastal village while strong winds from Typhoon Haiyan battered Bayog town in Los Baños, Laguna, south of Manila on Friday.

student protesters wearing masks raise their clenched fist as they pass by the gates of the House of Representatives in suburban Quezon city, north of Manila, Philippines on Tuesday Nov. 5, 2013. Supporters of hacker group Anonymous Philippines held the rally to call for the abolition of all forms of "pork barrel" funds after allegations that several members of the House of Representatives and the Philippine Senate conspired with wealthy businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles to steal huge amounts of government development funds. Napoles is set to appear before the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee on Nov. 7.

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Student protesters wearing masks raise their fists as they pass by the gates of the House of Representatives in Quezon City, north of Manila, Philippines, on Tuesday. Supporters of hacker group Anonymous Philippines held the rally to call for the abolition of all forms of “pork barrel” funds.

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.