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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 baby sleeps in a hammock at an evacuation centre for Typhoon Hagupit victims in San Julian, Eastern Samar in central Philippines

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A baby sleeps in a hammock at an evacuation centre for Typhoon Hagupit victims in San Julian, Eastern Samar in central Philippines

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.

Filipino fisherman Estelito Marijuan, 58, arranges dried fish at a fishing village during the celebration of World Fisheries day in Paranaque city, south of Manila, Philippines, 21 November 2014. World Fisheries day is celebrated every year on 21 November to highlight the importance of maintaining the world's fisheries.

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Filipino fisherman Estelito Marijuan arranges dried fish at a fishing village during the celebration of World Fisheries day in Paranaque city, south of Manila, Philippines on Friday

Boys jump from a cut-off foot bridge, which was damaged by Typhoon Haiyan, at a typhoon devastated coastal village in Tacloban city in central Philippines November 7, 2014. Almost 25,000 people still live in tents, shelters and bunkhouses in the hardest hit regions in central Philippines, including Tacloban City, considered Haiyan's ground zero as it accounted for almost half of the death toll. The Philippines are preparing to commemorate victims of Typhoon Haiyan, ahead of the one-year anniversary of the disaster on November 8, according to a government official

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Boys jump from a cut-off foot bridge, which was damaged by Typhoon Haiyan, at a typhoon devastated coastal village in Tacloban city in central Philippines. Almost 25,000 people still live in tents, shelters and bunkhouses in the hardest hit regions in central Philippines, including Tacloban City, considered Haiyan’s ground zero as it accounted for almost half of the death toll. The Philippines are preparing to commemorate victims of Typhoon Haiyan, ahead of the one-year anniversary of the disaster on November 8, according to a government official. 

One year anniversary of typhoon Haiyan

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Filipino typhoon survivor Criselda Macospad, 51, (3-R) with her children and grandchildren, sits inside their makeshift house under a bridge in Palaypay village, Basey town, eastern Samar province, which was damaged by the 2013 Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban City, Leyte province, Philippines, one year ago.

Maring Cahidan, 92, suspected of having a mental illness, sits inside a makeshift cage where she spent the past three months, in Tacloban City, which was damaged by the 2013 Typhoon Haiyan in Leyte province, Philippines, 05 November 2014. One year after Haiyan left nearly 8,000 people dead or missing in the eastern Philippines, many survivors are still suffering from emotional distress despite being busy with physically rebuilding their lives. Over four million people were displaced when Haiyan destroyed or damaged almost everything in its path as it swept through the eastern and central Philippines on 08 November 2013. At least one million of these survivors were residents of coastal communities devastated by tidal surges as high as 10 meters, and are being prioritized for relocation.

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Maring Cahidan, 92, suspected of having a mental illness, sits inside a makeshift cage where she spent the past three months, in Tacloban City. The city was damaged in the 2013 Typhoon Haiyan in Leyte province, Philippines

Residents ride their motorcycles past a ship which ran aground during last year's Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban city in central Philippines...Residents ride their motorcycles past a ship which ran aground during last year's Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban city in central Philippines November 4, 2014. The Philippines are preparing to commemorate victims of Typhoon Haiyan, ahead of the one-year anniversary of the disaster on November 8, according to a government official. Picture taken November 4, 2014.   REUTERS/Erik De Castro   (PHILIPPINES - Tags: ENVIRONMENT DISASTER SOCIETY ANNIVERSARY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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Residents ride their motorcycles past a ship which ran aground during last year’s Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban city in central Philippines November. The Philippines are preparing to commemorate victims of Typhoon Haiyan, ahead of the one-year anniversary of the disaster on November 8, according to a government official. 

Filipino student protesters burn a mock US flag during a rally outside the US embassy in Manila. The group stormed the US embassy demanding to hand over a US Marine who allegedly killed a transgender person in northern Philippines.

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Filipino student protesters burn a mock US flag during a rally outside the US embassy in Manila. The group stormed the US embassy demanding to hand over a US Marine who allegedly killed a transgender person in northern Philippines.

A Filipino boy swims among washed up rubbish in Manila bay, the Philippines, 23 September 2014. Countries and organizations began to announce measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and divest in fossil fuels on the one-day UN Climate Summit, where more pledges to reduce climate change are expected. Addressing the controversial issue of taxing or trading in carbon emissions, the World Bank on 22 September 2014, identified at least 73 countries that advocate putting a price on the release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. They represent a combined 54 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions blamed for global warming, and include major emitters China, Russia and members of the European Union, emerging markets Indonesia, Mexico and South Africa, and vulnerable island countries including the Philippines, Kiribati and Nauru.  EPA/RITCHIE B. TONGO

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A Filipino boy swims among the washed-up rubbish in Manila bay, the Philippines. Countries have begun announcing measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and cut fossil fuels during the one-day UN Climate Summit in New York

Flood victims  are evacuated in a rescue boat after their homes were swamped by heavy flooding in Marikina, Metro Manila September 19, 2014. Heavy rain in the Philippine capital, Manila, caused flooding in many areas on Friday, shutting schools, government offices and financial markets as a tropical storm made landfall to the north. Thousands of residents in low-lying areas were moved to higher ground, officials said, as flood waters rose quickly after the equivalent of half a month's usual rain fell in six hours.

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Flood victims are evacuated in a rescue boat after their homes were swamped by heavy flooding in Marikina, Metro Manila. Heavy rain in the Philippine capital, Manila, caused flooding in many areas on Friday, shutting schools, government offices and financial markets as a tropical storm made landfall to the north

A local health worker administers a vaccine at a local health center at the financial district of Makati, east of Manila, Philippines, Friday, Sept. 12, 2014. The World Health Organization and the British government are working with the Philippine Department of Health, UNICEF and a host of other partners to help deliver a month-long campaign to immunize children against Measles, Rubella, commonly known as German measles, and Polio which aims to immunize 13 million children nationwide. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

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A local health worker administers a vaccine at a local health centre at the financial district of Makati, Manila

Children display their acrobatic skills at an underpass in Manila on August 28, 2014 near where informal settlers' homes were recently demolished.  The Philippine economy rebounded to post 6.4-percent growth in the second quarter and regain its status as one of the strongest in Asia, authorities said on August 28. Officials said in April that amongst their new targets is the lowering of the country's poverty incidence from 25.2 percent of the population in 2012 to 18.0 to 20.0 percent by 2016.

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Children display their acrobatic skills at an underpass in Manila on Thursday, near where informal settlers’ homes were recently demolished