Pag-asa island, part of the disputed Spratly group of islands in the South China Sea, is claimed by both the Philippines and China. It's the only inhabited island in the Spratlys.
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President Benigno Aquino, center, appears with his party's next presidential and vice presidential candidates, Manuel Roxas, left, and Leni Robredo. Aquino is the son of former President Corazon Aquino.
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Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso (center) of the Philippines, is escorted by Indonesian officers during a hearing to appeal her conviction on drug-smuggling charges in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, in March. Veloso is one of three "Bali Nine" inmates who have been told their execution date is imminent.
Pope Francis waves to the crowd as he arrives at Quirino Grandstand to celebrate his final Papal Mass in Manila, Philippines, on Sunday. In his homily, Francis warned about the Philippine government's "insidious" family planning program.
Pope Francis holds a Virgin Mary statue as he arrives at the Mall of Asia arena in Manila, Philippines, on Friday. The pontiff has issued a strong statement supporting the church's teachings on artificial contraception.
MMDA (Metro Manila Development Authority) traffic enforcers patrol a street on their Segway vehicles in a 2011 photo. During a visit by Pope Francis next week, they are being asked to wear adult diapers so they won't have to leave their posts.
The rellenong manok at La Cocina de Tita Moning, a restaurant in Manila. Chef Suzette Montinola uses a traditional recipe from the 1930s that belonged to her grandmother.
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A Filipino man carries a dirty plastic sheet from his house after strong waves from Typhoon Hagupit battered a coastal village in Legazpi, Albay province, in the eastern Philippines, on Monday. Residents began trickling back to their homes after the local government said the typhoon has passed their province.
A Filipino typhoon victim pleads for help in the town of Taft, Samar island, Philippines, on Sunday, after Typhoon Hagupit knocked out power and flattened houses there.
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