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Man whips a devotee during a Maundy Thursday ritual by penitents to atone for sins in Angeles...A man whips a devotee during a Maundy Thursday ritual by penitents to atone for sins in Angeles, Pampanga north of Manila April 17, 2014. Flagellation is a form of religious discipline observed every lenten season by Catholic devotees in the Philippines

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A man whips a devotee during a Maundy Thursday ritual by penitents to atone for sins in Angeles, Pampanga north of Manila. Flagellation is a form of religious discipline observed every lenten season by Catholic devotees in the Philippines

Volunteers light candles during the "Light of Peace in the Philippines" event in Oton town at Iloilo province, central Philippines. The event achieved a Guinness world record for the largest candle-lit image with 56,690 candles forming the map of the Philippines, breaking the previous record held by Pakistan in December 2009 with 35,478 candles. The largest flaming image using candles was done by 100,000 volunteers to celebrate world peace, local media reported.

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Volunteers light candles during the “Light of Peace in the Philippines” event in Oton town in Iloilo province, central Philippines. The event achieved a Guinness world record for the largest candle-lit image with 56,690 candles forming the map of the country.

An Angry Bird inspired Hot Air balloon floats over rice fields and houses during the Philippine International Balloon festival in Lubao town, Pampanga province, north of Manila...An Angry Bird inspired Hot Air balloon floats over rice fields and houses during the Philippine International Balloon festival in Lubao town, Pampanga province, north of Manila April 10, 2014. An estimated 30 hot air balloons participated in the event which aims to promote tourism in the Southeast Asian country, local media reported.

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An Angry Bird inspired Hot Air balloon floats over rice fields and houses during the Philippine International Balloon festival in Lubao town, Pampanga province, north of Manila

Supporters of the controversial birth control or Reproductive Health (RH) law celebrate in front of the court's summer residence in Baguio City, Trinidad province, north of Manila on April 8, 2014, after the Philippine supreme court declared it as not unconstitutional. The Philippines' highest court approved on April 8, a controversial birth control law that supporters said would transform the lives of millions of poor Filipinos, in a stunning defeat for the powerful Catholic Church.

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Supporters of a controversial birth control law celebrate in front of the court in Baguio City, north of Manila, on Tuesday, after the Philippines supreme court declared it as not unconstitutional, as church groups had asserted

Filipino activists hold paper mache skulls  painted with US flags as they march outside the US embassy in Manila, Philippines on Monday in a rally condemning the upcoming visit of US President Barack Obama to the country. Activists also called for an end to the presence of US troops in the country and the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA).

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Filipino activists wear painted skull masks at a march outside the US embassy in Manila, Philippines, on Monday to condemn an upcoming visit by US President Barack Obama. Activists also called for an end to the presence of US troops in the country and the visiting forces agreement.

A Filipino student shouts anti-US slogans outside the US embassy in Manila, Philippines, 21 March 2014 in a rally condemning the docking of the USS Blue Ridge and the upcoming visit of US President Barack Obama to the country. Activists also called for an end to the presence of US troops in the country and the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA). Obama is to visit Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines in late April. The trip is part of his efforts to broaden US engagement in the Asia-Pacific region on all fronts, from strategic security issues to trade and diplomacy. Obama had originally planned an Asia trip for late 2013, but was forced to cancel during the budget and debt limit crisis that closed the US government for more than two weeks in October.

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A Filipino student protests outside the US embassy in Manila, Philippines, in a rally condemning the docking of the USS Blue Ridge and the upcoming visit of US President Barack Obama. Activists also called for an end to the presence of US troops in the country and the Visiting Forces Agreement.

Filipino students are seen on an image of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 ....epa04130659 Filipino students are seen on a painting of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 at the Benigno Ninoy Aquino High School grounds in Makati City, south of Manila, Philippines, 18 March 2014. Artists from the 'Guhit Visual Arts Group' painted the image to express hope and solidarity for the passengers and crew of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370. The search for the Malaysia Airlines passenger jet that disappeared without a trace more than a week ago is expanded to include a wider area spanning from Australia to Kazakhstan.  EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

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A painting of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 at the Benigno Ninoy Aquino High School grounds in Makati City, south of Manila, Philippines. Artists from the Guhit Visual Arts Group painted the image to express hope and solidarity for the passengers and crew of the missing flight. 

Firemen spray their water cannon at protesters who are forcing their way closer to U.S. Embassy in Manila, Philippines, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 during a protest against the forthcoming visit of U.S. President Barack Obama. The protesters were also calling for the pullout of U.S. troops in the country under the Visiting Forces Agreement

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Firemen spray a water cannon at protesters forcing their way towards the US embassy in Manila on Tuesday during a protest against the forthcoming visit of US president Barack Obama. The protesters were also calling for the pullout of US troops in the country under the Visiting Forces Agreement.

Janicee Buco, wearing a pair of red high heels shoes speaks before a crowd as they join Vietnamese nationals in commemoration of the Vietnam-China border war in 1979, in front of the Chinese consulate in Makati's financial district, south of Manila, the Philippines, 17 February 2014. Dozens of Filipino and Vietnamese nationals rallied outside the Chinese Embassy to protest against China's alleged bullying over the Philippines and Vietnam territorial dispute in the South China Sea. Protesters aimed to support Manila in an ongoing stand-off with China. China claims most of the South China Sea and Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines and Brunei have competing claims over it.

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Dozens of Filipino and Vietnamese nationals rally outside the Chinese embassy in Makati’s financial district, south of Manila, the Philippines, to protest against China’s behaviour in a territorial dispute in the South China Sea. Janicee Buco, wearing red shoes, addresses the crowd as they commemorate the 1979 Vietnam-China border war.

Typhoon victims queue for free food at an evacuation centre in Tacloban city in central Philippines February 13, 2014. Homeless residents are still living in tents and makeshift shelters in evacuation centres nearly 100 days after super Typhoon Haiyan hit central Philippines, local officials said.

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Typhoon victims queue for food at an evacuation centre in Tacloban city in central Philippines on Thursday. Thousands of people made homeless by the super Typhoon Haiyan, which hit the central part of the country nearly 100 days ago, are still living in tents and makeshift shelters.