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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.

A squatter dweller carries his children as they leave their shanty house during the demolition of a squatter colony in Quezon city, Metro Manila. Dozens were hurt during clashes triggered by the demolition of a squatter settlement for business developments in suburban Quezon city on Monday, local media reported.

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A man carries his children as they leave their shanty during a demolition of a squatters’ area on Monday in Quezon City in the Philippines. Dozens were hurt during clashes triggered by the demolition of the settlement.

Flood victims are pulled on inflatable tire tubes as they are evacuated from heavy flooding brought by tropical depression "Agaton", in Butuan, in the southern Philippine island of Mindanao January 20, 2014. Floods and landslides caused by tropical depression "Agaton"  have killed 40 people and more than 500,000 people are displaced in Mindanao, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council reported on Sunday.

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Flood victims are evacuated from heavy flooding brought by tropical depression Agaton, in Butuan, in the southern Philippine island of Mindanao.

A baby rests on a hammock inside an indoor basketball gym, which has been turned into an evacuation centre for flooding victims, in Jabonga, Agusan del Norte in southern Philippine island of Mindanao January 17, 2014. The death toll from the floods and landslides in Mindanao caused by a lingering low-pressure area climbed to 34 on Friday, while more than 300,000 people are displaced due to flooding and landslides, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council reported. Storm Signal No. 1 has been raised in seven provinces in Mindanao on Friday after a low pressure area in the area developed into a tropical depression now named ìAgatonî, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical And Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said.  REUTERS/Erik De Castro

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A baby rests on a hammock inside an indoor basketball gym, which has been turned into an evacuation centre for flooding victims, in Jabonga, Agusan del Norte in the Philippines. The death toll from the floods and landslides in Mindanao caused by a lingering low-pressure area climbed to 34 on Friday, while more than 300,000 people have been displaced due to flooding and landslides. 

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.

A typhoon survivor decorates a Christmas tree amidst the rubble of destroyed houses in Tacloban city in central Philippines December 17, 2013. Super typhoon Haiyan reduced almost everything in its path to rubble when it swept ashore in the central Philippines on November 8, killing at least 6,069 people, leaving 1,779 missing and 4 million either homeless or with damaged homes.

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A typhoon Haiyan survivor decorates a Christmas tree amid the rubble of destroyed houses in the City of Tacloban in central Philippines

Typhoon survivors jostle to beg for plastic bags of food relief along a road Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, in Tacloban city, Leyte province in central Philippines.  Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful storms on record, hit the country's eastern seaboard Nov. 8, leaving a wide swath of destruction.

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Survivors of Typhoon Haiyan jostle for plastic bags of food along a road in Tacloban city, central Philippines. The typhoon, one of the most powerful on record, hit the country’s eastern seaboard on November 8.

TOPSHOTS Typhoon survivors walk past shi...TOPSHOTS Typhoon survivors walk past ships washed ashore in Tacloban, Leyte Province in November 25, 2013. Experts say it will cost billions of dollars and take years to revive communities that were destroyed when Super Typhoon Haiyan swept in from the Pacific Ocean more than a fortnight ago, killing at least 5,200 people. AFP PHOTO/NOEL CELISNOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images

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Typhoon survivors walk past ships washed ashore in Tacloban, capital of Leyte province, in the Philippines 

Typhoon survivors play a game called "Sungka" inside the bathroom of a house in central Philippines

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Typhoon survivors play inside a bathroom that was torn away from a house by Typhoon Haiyan, which battered Tacloban city nearly two weeks ago in central Philippines.

A Filipino villager takes a bath in the super typhoon devastated city of Tacloban, Leyte island province, Philippines, 20 November 2013. About four million people have been displaced by Haiyan s devastation, and shelter is a massive problem confronting the Philippine government, says Joe Lowry, a spokesman for the International Organization for Migration. Lowry said rebuilding the destroyed houses would cost at least 21 million US dollar, and require land to be provided by the government because many of the homeless were informal settlers who did not own the property.

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A Filipino villager washes amid the typhoon devastation of Tacloban city, Leyte island province, Philippines on Wednesday.

***BESTPIX***Humanitarian Efforts Continue Following Devastating Super Typhoon...LEYTE, PHILIPPINES - NOVEMBER 18:  A family gather around a grave of a relative that was killed when Typhoon Haiyan struck their home on November 18, 2013 in Leyte, Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan which ripped through Philippines over the weekend has been described as on of the most powerful typhoons ever to hit land, leaving thousands dead and hundreds of thousands homeless. Countries all over the world have pledged relief aid to help support those affected by the typhoon however damage to the airport and roads have made moving the aid into the most affected areas very difficult. With dead bodies left out in the open air and very limited food, water and shelter, health concerns are growing.

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Mourners gather round the grave of a family member killed when Typhoon Haiyan struck their home in Leyte, Philippines

Survivors of Super Typhoon Haiyan march during a religious procession in Tolosa on the eastern Philippine island of Leyte on November 18, 2013 over one week after Super Typhoon Haiyan devastated the area.  The United Nations estimates that 13 million people were affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan with around 1.9 million losing their homes.

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Survivors of Typhoon Haiyan take part in a religious procession in Tolosa, on the Philippine island of Leyte, on Monday. More than 4,000 people have been killed by the storm and the death toll may go higher.