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The feet of a Filipino penitent is nailed to a wooden cross during Good Friday rituals on April 3, 2015 at Cutud, Pampanga province, northern Philippines. Several Filipino devotees had themselves nailed to crosses Friday to remember Jesus Christ's suffering and death, an annual rite frowned upon by church leaders in this predominantly Roman Catholic country. (Photo by Aaron Favila/AP Photo)

The feet of a Filipino penitent is nailed to a wooden cross during Good Friday rituals on April 3, 2015 at Cutud, Pampanga province, northern Philippines. Several Filipino devotees had themselves nailed to crosses Friday to remember Jesus Christ's suffering and death, an annual rite frowned upon by church leaders in this predominantly Roman Catholic country. (Photo by Aaron Favila/AP Photo)
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05 Apr 2015 11:14:00
A resident douses passengers riding in a public motorcycle cab with water, during St. John the Baptist Feast Day celebrations in San Juan city, metro Manila June 24, 2014. Residents participate in an annual city-wide waterfest in honour of their patron Saint John the Baptist. (Photo by Romeo Ranoco/Reuters)

A resident douses passengers riding in a public motorcycle cab with water, during St. John the Baptist Feast Day celebrations in San Juan city, metro Manila June 24, 2014. Residents participate in an annual city-wide waterfest in honour of their patron Saint John the Baptist. (Photo by Romeo Ranoco/Reuters)
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25 Jun 2014 06:11:00
A worker adds gunpowder into paper cylinders to make fireworks at a factory in Bocaue town, Bulacan province, Philippines, December 26, 2015. (Photo by Romeo Ranoco/Reuters)

A worker adds gunpowder into paper cylinders to make fireworks at a factory in Bocaue town, Bulacan province, Philippines, December 26, 2015. (Photo by Romeo Ranoco/Reuters)
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28 Dec 2015 08:02:00
Cristine Angelie Garcia (C), 24, rides a jeepney on her way to work at a call centre for the midnight shift in Taguig city, Metro Manila, Philippines October 3, 2016. “Maybe there is another way where people do not need to die”, she said, adding she felt safer walking the streets at night. “I'm on Duterte's side. Maybe he's just misunderstood because he grew up on the streets”. (Photo by Ezra Acayan/Reuters)

Cristine Angelie Garcia (C), 24, rides a jeepney on her way to work at a call centre for the midnight shift in Taguig city, Metro Manila, Philippines October 3, 2016. “Maybe there is another way where people do not need to die”, she said, adding she felt safer walking the streets at night. “I'm on Duterte's side. Maybe he's just misunderstood because he grew up on the streets”. (Photo by Ezra Acayan/Reuters)
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29 Dec 2016 07:48:00
Gemma, right, and Joanne in their home in Angeles City. (Photo by Hannah Reyes Morales/The Washington Post)

Typhoon Yolanda – also known as Haiyan – struck the central part of the country November 8, 2013, leaving at least 6,300 people dead and over four million displaced. A month after Typhoon Haiyan, the United Nations Population Fund estimates that 5,000 women were subjected to sеxual violence. A study by the Health and Human Rights online publication shows the majority of young girls and women in Manila’s sеx industry come from poverty-stricken areas – such as Leyte, Samar, Cebu and southern Mindanao – and enter trafficking through force, deception, economic desperation and psychological manipulation. (Photo by Hannah Reyes Morales/The Washington Post)
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01 May 2017 09:59:00
Filipino boys play basketball at an improvised court hooked on multi-layered tombs at a public cemetery in Navotas, north of Manila, Philippines on Thursday Oct. 31, 2013. Filipinos are expected to flock to cemeteries on November 1 to remember their dead as they observe All Saints Day in this predominantly Roman Catholic country. (Photo by Aaron Favila/AP Photo)

Filipino boys play basketball at an improvised court hooked on multi-layered tombs at a public cemetery in Navotas, north of Manila, Philippines on Thursday Oct. 31, 2013. Filipinos are expected to flock to cemeteries on November 1 to remember their dead as they observe All Saints Day in this predominantly Roman Catholic country. (Photo by Aaron Favila/AP Photo)
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02 Nov 2013 12:07:00
Filipino children play as they are doing caroling activities on the street near an airport, days before Christmas in Manila, Philippines, 20 December 2017. Filipinos celebrate the longest Christmas in the world which starts as early as September every year. (Photo by Francis R. Malasig/EPA/EFE)

Filipino children play as they are doing caroling activities on the street near an airport, days before Christmas in Manila, Philippines, 20 December 2017. Filipinos celebrate the longest Christmas in the world which starts as early as September every year. (Photo by Francis R. Malasig/EPA/EFE)
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29 Dec 2017 07:46:00
A Filipino flagellant crawls along a street on Maundy Thursday, in San Fernando city, Pampanga Province, north of Manila, Philippines, 24 March 2016. Many Filipino Catholic penitents mark the Holy Week by submitting to different forms of physical penance in the hopes of being forgiven for their sins. (Photo by Francis R. Malasig/EPA)

A Filipino flagellant crawls along a street on Maundy Thursday, in San Fernando city, Pampanga Province, north of Manila, Philippines, 24 March 2016. Many Filipino Catholic penitents mark the Holy Week by submitting to different forms of physical penance in the hopes of being forgiven for their sins. (Photo by Francis R. Malasig/EPA)
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27 Mar 2016 12:08:00