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A man wearing a face mask to prevent the spread of the coronavirus gets a massage after attending Catholic mass in downtown Manila, Philippines.

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Thousands of Catholic devotees line up as they celebrate the feast day of the Black Nazarene at the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene in downtown Manila, Philippines. Hundreds of church workers and police were spread around the area to maintain order and enforce strict social distancing health protocols. The annual procession has been cancelled amid the threat of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in one of Asia's biggest religious events.

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Catholics wearing face masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus try to get a glimpse of the the Black Nazarene at the Santa Cruz Church in Manila, Philippines, a day before the feast day. The annual Jan. 9 procession attended by tens of thousands of devotees has been cancelled amid the threat of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in one of Asia's biggest religious events. Several Black Nazarene replicas have been placed around churches as the government asks devotees to pray at their communities instead of going to downtown Quiapo where the original image stays.

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Government workers cut a toppled tree due to strong winds from Typhoon Goni in Manila, Philippines.

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Residents walk along floodwaters in Daraga, Albay province, central Philippines as Typhoon Goni hit the area.

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Floodwaters pass by Cagsawa ruins, a famous tourist spot in Daraga, Albay province, central Philippines as Typhoon Goni hit the area.

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Electrical poles are toppled due to strong winds from Typhoon Goni in Daet, Camarines Norte province, central Philippines.

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Floodwaters pass by Cagsawa ruins, a famous tourist spot in Daraga, Albay province, central Philippines as Typhoon Goni hit the area.

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In this photo provided by the Philippine Coast Guard, rescuers carry a woman following the sudden rise in floodwaters as Typhoon Goni hits Batangas province, south of Manila, Philippines. The super typhoon blew into the eastern Philippines with disastrous force Sunday.

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In this photo provided by the Malacanang Presidential Photographers Division, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte speaks at the Malacanang presidential palace in Manila, Philippines. The Philippine president warned he will intercede and resolve a leadership row in the House of Representatives if the impasse threatens to stall the passage of next year's budget during the coronavirus crisis.

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A picture of a student is seen on a tablet that is placed on a robot during an event they called "cyber-graduation" at a school at Taguig in Manila, Philippines. Robots were used to represent some 179 highschool students during an online graduation ceremony that was beamed live on Facebook to avoid mass gatherings as the school's measure to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.

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Jaideep Mazumdar, Ambassador of India to the Republic of Philippines, interacts onboard AI 1375 with the passengers from Delhi, Haryana, UP, HP and Uttarakhand travelling to New Delhi. Indian nationals, stranded in various countries amid COVID-19 pandemic, are being repatriated under Vande Bharat Mission.

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Health workers perform testing at a COVID-19 testing center at the Palacio de Manila during an enhanced community quarantine to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus. Several sports and events venues have been converted as quarantine facilities or testing centers as the country tries to cope with the ongoing pandemic.

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Health workers wearing protective suits holds signs beside a 16-day-old baby who recovered from COVID-19 as he is discharged from the National Children's Hospital in Quezon city, Metro Manila, Philippines during a continuing enhanced community quarantine to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus. The baby nicknamed "Kobe" is the first COVID-19 patient to be discharged at the children's hospital.

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Face shields and printed masks are sold during an enhanced community quarantine to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus in Manila, Philippines.

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A woman wearing a protective mask carries food provided by the military at a slum area during an enhanced community quarantine to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus in Manila, Philippines.

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A security guard waves back as residents clap and sing from their windows to pay tribute to health workers, essential personnel and security forces during an enhanced community quarantine to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus in Manila, Philippines. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death.

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A motorcycle passes by almost empty street as the enhanced community quarantine is enforced to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus in downtown Manila, Philippines. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some, it can cause more severe illness, especially in older adults and people with existing health problems.

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Indian nationals wait for news on their flights back to India outside the departure area of Manila's International Airport, Philippines. The Philippine government lifted a 72-hour deadline for thousands of foreign travelers to leave the country's main northern region which has been placed under quarantine due to the growing number of coronavirus infections, officials said.

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Men wearing protective masks walk beside rows of taxis that were instructed by police them to stop operations while the government implements the "enhanced community quarantine" as a precautionary measure against the spread of the new coronavirus in Metro Manila, Philippines.

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An army trooper uses a thermal scanner to check the temperature of people entering the metropolis at a checkpoint on the outskirts of Quezon city, Philippines. Thousands of Philippine police, backed by the army and coast guard, have started sealing the densely populated capital from most domestic travelers in one of Southeast Asia's most drastic containment moves against the coronavirus.

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A worker wearing a protective suit disinfects the city hall in Marikina, east of Manila, Philippines. The Philippine president announced domestic travel to and from metropolitan Manila will be suspended for a month and authorized sweeping quarantines in the crowded capital to fight the new coronavirus.

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Firemen spray disinfectants outside a public market in Manila, Philippines. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.

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Leaders of various women's groups raise their fists as they march near the Malacanang presidential palace to mark International Women's Day in Manila, Philippines.

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A caricature of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is set on fire as women's groups hold a rally near the Malacanang presidential palace to mark International Women's Day in Manila, Philippines.

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Police prepares to enter a mall in Manila, Philippines. Philippine police surrounded the shopping mall in an upscale section of Manila after a recently dismissed security guard opened fire and took dozens of people hostage, an official said.

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Couples kiss during a same-sex ceremonial exchange of vows, as part of Valentines day celebrations in Quezon city, metropolitan Manila, Philippines.

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A couple walks down the aisle during a same-sex ceremonial exchange of vows, as part of Valentines day celebrations in Quezon city, metropolitan Manila, Philippines. Same-sex unions are not legally recognized and rejected by the dominant Roman Catholic church in the country.

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Students are checked by body thermal scanners as a precautionary measure against the spread of a new virus at a school in Manila, Philippines. The World Health Organization declared the outbreak sparked by a new virus in China that has spread to more than a dozen countries a global emergency after the number of cases spiked more than tenfold in a week, including the highest death toll in a 24-hour period reported Friday. Health officials in the country recently confirmed the Philippines' first case of the new virus.

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A thermal scanner checks on arriving passengers at Manila's international airport, Philippines. The government is closely monitoring arrival of passengers as a new coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China has infected hundreds and caused deaths in that area.

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A man uses an umbrella to shield him from ashfalls as Taal Volcano erupts in Tagaytay, Cavite province, outside Manila, Philippines.

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Lightning flashes as Taal Volcano erupts in Tagaytay, Cavite province, outside Manila, Philippines.

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Residents walk in a cloud of ash as Taal Volcano continues to spew ash in Tagaytay, Cavite province, south of Manila, Philippines. Red-hot lava gushed out of the Philippine volcano after a sudden eruption of ash and steam that forced villagers to flee en masse and shut down Manila’s international airport, offices and schools.

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Residents clean ash outside their homes as Taal Volcano still spews ash in Tagaytay, Cavite province, south of Manila, Philippines.

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A man walks along ash fall covered plants and equipment as Taal Volcano continues to spew ash in Tagaytay, Cavite province, south of Manila.

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People walk beside homes damaged by Typhoon Phanfone at Batad Town, Iloilo province, central Philippines.

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Residents walks beside an outrigger and playground equipment that were damaged by Typhoon Phanfone along a coastline in Ormoc city, central Philippines. The typhoon left over a dozen dead and many homeless.

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A partial solar eclipse is seen in Quezon city, metropolitan Manila, Philippines.

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Protesters march around a burning effigy of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte as they mark International Human Rights Day during a rally near the presidential palace in Manila, Philippines.

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Protesters burn an effigy of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte as they mark International Human Rights Day during a rally near the presidential palace in Manila, Philippines. The protesters were calling on the government for an end to alleged extra-judicial killings in the country.

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Vietnam's Van Anh Do Thi performs on the uneven bars during the women's artistic gymnastics competition at the 30th South East Asian Games at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex in Manila, Philippines.

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President Ram Nath Kovind being welcomed by Philippine counterpart Rodrigo Duterte (C) on his arrival at Malacanan Palace, Manila, Philippines.

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President Ram Nath Kovind along with his wife Savita being received during their arrival at Aquino Ninoy International Airport in Manila, Philippines.

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President Ram Nath Kovind along with his wife Savita being received during their arrival at Aquino Ninoy International Airport in Manila, Philippines.

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Candidates for the Miss Earth 2019 beauty pageant pose with their messages to save Mother Earth following their media presentation in Manila, Philippines.

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Candidates for the Miss Earth 2019 beauty pageant pose with their messages to save Mother Earth following their media presentation in Manila, Philippines. Contestants from 85 countries are vying for the title for the Miss Earth 2019 which organizers dubbed as "Beauty Contest With A Cause."

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Sonia Romeo, left, of Spain and Tunde Blaga of Hungary, candidates for the Miss Earth 2019 beauty pageant, take selfies prior to taking part in a coastal cleanup, one of the activities lined up to call the attention to help save Mother Earth in suburban Las Pinas city, south of Manila, Philippines.

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Susana Downes, right, of Australia, and Krystina Sokolowska, left, of Poland, candidates for the Miss Earth 2019 beauty pageant, join the Philippine Navy in conducting coastal cleanup, one of the activities lined up to call the attention to help save Mother Earth in suburban Las Pinas city south of Manila, Philippines. Contestants from 85 countries are vying for the title for the Miss Earth 2019 which organizers dubbed as "Beauty Contest With A Cause."

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Rescuers search for victims after a budget hotel which is undergoing demolition, collapsed in Manila, Philippines. Rescue efforts are still ongoing to free another victim after one of the workers was retrieve after almost six hours following the incident, according to Manila Mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso.

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Philippine Marines' newly-acquired AAVs (Amphibious Assault Vehicle) emits a smokescreen as they make their approach towards the shore during their two-week military exercise that also involved four major services of the country's armed forces at the former U.S. naval facility in Subic, Zambales province west of Manila, Philippines. More than 1,500 troops will take part in the air, land and sea exercise dubbed "DAGIT-PA 03-19" facing the South China Sea in a scenario that "would employ a Joint Rapid Deployment Reaction Force."

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One of the 277 Chinese that were arrested in a raid last week against an online investment scam syndicate that defrauded hundreds of people, is presented to the media in a news conference in Manila, Philippines. The arrests Wednesday in Manila came after the Chinese Embassy provided information about the fraud, which has victimized more than 1,000 Chinese.

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An office employee gets a medical assistance outside their building following a magnitude 5.5 that rocked some areas of the country's north, including in the capital, that also briefly disrupted train services in Manila, Philippines. The Philippine Institute of Seismology and Volcanology says Friday's quake was centered about 40 kilometers northeast of the coastal town of Burdeos in northeastern Quezon province and was caused by movement in a local fault at a shallow depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles). There were no immediate reports of injuries or damages.

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Philippine Vice President Leonor Robredo, center, and Ramon Magsaysay Chair, Board of Trustees, Jose Cuisia Jr., 3rd from right, pose with this year's Ramon Magsaysay awardees, from left, Filipino Raymundo Pujante Cayabyab, Thai Angkhana Neelapaijit, Indian Ravish Kumar, Burmese Ko Swe Win and South Korean Kim Jong-Ki during ceremonies in Manila, Philippines. Five people are being honored as this year's winners of the Ramon Magsaysay Awards, regarded as Asia's version of the Nobel Prize, including a South Korean who helped fight bullying and suicide and a Thai housewife who became a human rights defender after losing her husband to violence in southern Thailand.

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Jose L. Cuisia Jr., chairperson of Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation, presents the 2019 Ramon Magsaysay awardees, from left, Raymundo Pujante Cayabyab from the Philippines, Kim Jong-ki from South Korea, Ravish Kumar from India, Angkhana Neelapaijit from Thailand and Ko Swe Win from Myanmar, for Emergent Leadership, during an event in Manila, Philippines. The Ramon Magsaysay Awards, Asia's equivalent of the Nobel Prize, is given annually in honor of the late Philippine president who died in a plane crash, and awarded to persons "who address issues of human development in Asia with courage and creativity, and in doing so have made contributions that have transformed their societies for the better."

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Commuters wade through a flooded street following heavy downpour overnight that inundated low-lying areas in the metropolis in Manila, Philippines.

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Motorists maneuver their vehicles through a flooded street following heavy downpour overnight that inundated low-lying areas in the metropolis in Manila, Philippines. Most classes were suspended after heavy monsoon rains and a Low Pressure Area spotted east of the country, dumped rains in most parts of the main island of Luzon including metro Manila.

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Protesters march under the rain towards the Philippine Congress to protest the 4th State of the Nation (SONA) address by President Rodrigo Duterte in suburban Quezon city, northeast of Manila, Philippines.

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Protesters link hands as they lead the march under the rain towards the Philippine Congress to protest the 4th State of the Nation (SONA) address by President Rodrigo Duterte in suburban Quezon city, northeast of Manila, Philippines. Duterte is facing criticisms about his alleged closeness with China as well as the thousands of killings in his so-called war on drugs.

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Protesters rally near the Presidential Palace ahead of the second anniversary of the arbitration ruling in The Hague by the UNCLOS (United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea) granting the Philippines the exclusive right to fish within its Exclusive Economic Zone or EEZ, an area 200 nautical miles from the country's baselines in Manila, Philippines. China refused to honor the ruling and claimed it is entitled to "exercise its historic rights" over the waters, seabed and subsoil of the contested group of islands, shoals and reefs in the South China Sea.

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Muslims attend Eid al-Fitr prayers to mark the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan in Manila, Philippines.

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A Filipino Muslim boy stands during the Eid al-Fitr prayers to mark the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan in Manila, Philippines.

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Environmentalists stage a die-in protest in the middle of a boulevard outside the Canadian Embassy to demand the Canadian government to speed up the removal of several containers of garbage that were shipped to the country in Manila, Philippines. The Philippines recalled its ambassador and consuls in Canada last week over Ottawa's failure to comply with a deadline to take back 69 containers of garbage that Filipino officials say were illegally shipped to the Philippines years ago.

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Protesters, mostly workers, gather for a rally prior to marching towards the Presidential Palace in Manila to pay tribute to workers in celebration of International Labor Day in the Philippines.

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Protesters, mostly workers, gather for a rally prior to marching towards the Presidential Palace in Manila to pay tribute to workers in celebration of International Labor Day in the Philippines.

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Thousands of workers march towards the Presidential Palace in Manila to pay tribute to workers in celebration of International Labor Day in the Philippines. The workers scored President Rodrigo Duterte allegedly for reneging in his campaign promise three years ago to end temporary hiring known as "contractualization" or "ENDO (End of Contract)."

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Fire rages through the top floors of a 21-story Pacific Coastal Plaza condominium in Manila, Philippines. Mayor Edwin Olivarez of Paranaque city said that more than 100 firetrucks converged Monday to battle the blaze that hit the Pacific Coast Plaza condominium in the Paranaque city area of Manila, where one lane of a coastal road along Manila Bay was closed due to falling debris. There were no immediate reports of serious injuries or deaths.

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A father cuddles his baby as he watches workers put finishing touches on an art installation of a beached blue whale with its intestines full of plastics to depict the plastics pollution of the world's oceans outside the Cultural Center of the Philippines in Manila, Philippines. The giant blue whale art, that will be on display until May 26, 2019, was the brainchild of Filipino artist Biboy Royong and executed by fellow artist Roderick Banares.

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Environmental activists display placards as they picket the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to protest the presence of a foreign dredging vessel allegedly with "Chinese-looking crew" in Lobo township, Batangas province south of Manila in suburban Quezon city northeast of Manila, Philippines. The protesters are calling for the DENR to cancel the "environmental compliance certificate" issued to the company of the dredging vessel which is anchored off Lobo waters allegedly to quarry sand at the site declared as the "world's center of marine biodiversity and is home to almost 60% of the world's known shore fish."

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Protesters display fourteen crosses to symbolize the victims who were killed in three townships on Negros province in central Philippines three days ago, in an indignation protest at Camp Crame in suburban Quezon city northeast of Manila, Philippines. Philippine police said 14 suspected communist rebels have been killed after they opened fire during raids but rights groups countered the men were farmers and the latest victims of extrajudicial killings.

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Philippine Boy Scouts switch on their flashlights at the countdown for the 12th Earth Hour event.

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Philippine Boy Scouts play with their flashlights at the countdown for the 12th Earth Hour event in suburban Makati city east of Manila, Philippines.

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On the eve of the 74th birthday of President Rodrigo Duterte, students from the University of the Philippines, shout slogans during a candle-lit protest in remembrance of the alleged 74 minors killed in Duterte's so-called war on drugs in suburban Quezon city northeast of Manila, Philippines. The students lit candles to form the figure 74 as they demand justice for the young lives, allegedly victims of extrajudicial killings.

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Environmentalists wave to welcome dragon boat racers as they take part in a fluvial protest against the planned reclamation projects to be built in different areas off Manila Bay in Manila, Philippines. Conservation groups, fisherfolk, and the Manila Yacht Club, joined together to drumbeat public support to stop reclamation projects involving thousands of hectares (acres) of the scenic Manila Bay.

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Demonstrators marking World Water Day march along a street in metropolitan Manila, Philippines. Indigenous people are protesting a proposed dam that will be built on their lands and said they would oppose relocation.

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An indigenous man speaks during a rally to mark World Water Day outside the office of the Manila Waterworks and Sewerage System in metropolitan Manila, Philippines. Indigenous people are protesting a proposed dam that will be built on their lands and said they would oppose relocation.

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Women check out swimwear at a shop in Manila, Philippines. Filipinos are expected to head to beaches and pools to cool off during the summer months as the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) announced the start of the dry season.

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Students and activists hold slogans as they join a demonstration to call for strengthened measures against global warming in metropolitan Manila, Philippines.

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Children hold slogans as they join a demonstration to call for strengthened measures against global warming in Manila, Philippines. The group joins others worldwide as they protest their governments' failure to take sufficient action against global warming.

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Residents line up to fill water containers along a street in Mandaluyong, metropolitan Manila, Philippines.

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Residents line up with containers as they wait for water trucks in Mandaluyong, metropolitan Manila, Philippines. Parts of metropolitan Manila are suffering from a water shortage due to the continued dip of levels at the La Mesa dam as the country enters the dry season and the onset of El Nino which causes below normal rainfall conditions.

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Women activists shout slogans as they mark International Women's Day during a rally near the Malacanang presidential palace in Manila, Philippines.

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Women activists topple an effigy of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte as they mark International Women's Day during a rally near the Malacanang presidential palace in Manila, Philippines. The group criticized Duterte, opposed martial law in Mindanao and called for equal rights.

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Confetti rains on new Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray as she waves a Philippine flag during her homecoming motorcade around Manila in the Philippines.

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New Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray waves back to the crowd during her homecoming motorcade in suburban Makati city east of Manila, Philippines. Gray, the Fourth Filipino to win the Miss Universe, is here for a grand homecoming, two months after winning the crown in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray reacts to a well-wisher as she arrives for a grand homecoming in suburban Quezon city, northeast of Manila, Philippines two months after winning the crown in Bangkok, Thailand. Gray, in describing herself before and after winning the title said she was "driven" to win the crown and now has a "responsibility" as a reigning beauty queen.

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A masked fraternity student hands red roses to female students during their traditional naked run protest along the corridors of the Arts and Sciences building of the University of the Philippines, the country's premier university in suburban Quezon city, east of Manila, Philippines.

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Masked fraternity students from the University of the Philippines, the country's premier university, pose during their traditional naked run dubbed "Oblation Run" along the corridors of the Arts and Sciences building in suburban Quezon city, east of Manila, Philippines. Around 30 male students made the annual run carrying blank placards to symbolize freedom of expression which they claim "to be an integral part of the country's democracy."

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Girls play with live Teacup pigs, a rare pet in the country, at the start of celebrations leading to the Lunar New Year at Manila's Lucky Chinatown Plaza in Manila, Philippines. This year is the Year of the Earth Pig on the Chinese Lunar calendar and is supposed to represent abundance, diligence and generosity.

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A Muslim woman casts her ballot in a referendum at the Marawi Sagonsongan elementary school-turned polling station in Marawi, Lanao del Sur province, southern Philippines. Muslims in the southern Philippines voted in a referendum on a new autonomous region that seeks to end nearly half a century of unrest, in what their leaders are touting as the best alternative to a new wave of Islamic State group-inspired militants.

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A massive crowd of Filipino Roman Catholic devotees follow the carriage of the Black Nazarene during a raucous procession to celebrate its feast day in Manila, Philippines.

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Roman Catholic devotees jostle to kiss and rub with towels the image of the Black Nazarene in a raucous procession to celebrate its feast day in Manila, Philippines. Tens of thousands of mostly barefoot Catholics joined the annual procession of a centuries-old statue of Jesus Christ to celebrate the Feast of the Black Nazarene which usually ends before dawn the next day.

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Filipino Roman Catholic devotees prepare to mount on the carriage the image of the Black Nazarene for a long and raucous procession to celebrate its feast day in Manila, Philippines.

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Filipino Roman Catholic devotees follow the image of the Black Nazarene in a raucous procession to celebrate its feast day in Manila, Philippines. Tens of thousands of mostly barefoot Filipino Catholics joined the annual procession of a centuries-old statue of Jesus Christ to celebrate the Feast of the Black Nazarene which usually ends before dawn the next day.

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Thousands of replicas of the image of the Black Nazarene are blessed with holy water during the traditional blessing ahead of Wednesday's celebration of the Feast of the Black Nazarene in Manila, Philippines.

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A doctor tends to mother Leni Bonto and baby Zairah inside the recovery room after Zairah was born on New Year's day at Fabella Children's Hospital in suburban Quezon city northeast of Manila, Philippines. Zairah, the third child of Bonto, became the first baby born at the hospital on New Year's day.

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Confetti rains down on revelers at the Eastwood Shopping Mall as Filipinos welcome the New Year in suburban Quezon city northeast of Manila, Philippines.

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Fireworks light up the sky at the Eastwood Shopping Mall as Filipinos welcome the New Year in suburban Quezon city northeast of Manila, Philippines. Filipinos welcome the New Year with the loudest noise possible including setting off powerful firecrackers in one of Asia's most violent celebrations despite a government scare campaign and threats of arrests.

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Zoo owner Manny Tangco holds the hand of an orangutan named'Pacquiao' while wearing Santa Claus hats as part of their Christmas presentation at the Malabon Zoo in Manila, Philippines.

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Zoo owner Manny Tangco prepares to feed Philippine deer as part of their Christmas presentation at the Malabon Zoo in Manila, Philippines. Filipinos prepare to celebrate Christmas day, one of the most important holidays in this predominantly Roman Catholic nation.

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Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray from the Philippines poses during a press conference in metropolitan Manila, Philippines.

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