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<span>A woman donned with neon colored face paint participates in the Earth Hour 2017 in Molino, Cavite. This year, Earth Hour aims to engage and mobilize the youth to be the climate leaders of tomorrow, urging them to join the movement and shine a light on climate action.</span>
<span>While his mother shops for holiday decor at the Dapitan Arcade in Manila, 2-year old Enrique seems transfixed by a traditional "parol," the Filipino's version of the Star of Bethlehem that guided the Three Kings to the infant Jesus on the first Christmas.</span>
<span>American Marines fold their flag during the closing ceremony of the Philippine Amphibious Landing Exercise in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City. </span>
<span>Breaking into loud cheers,  crowd of Filipinos and Vietnamese at Manila Bay hoist a giant flag on July 12, 2016 to show their support for the unanimous decision of a UN-backed tribunal to junk China's claim over the West Philippine Sea.</span>
<span>Muslims wait for the break of the dawn at Quezon City Memorial Circle to say their prayers in celebration of Eid Al-Fitr. Eid Al-Fitr is observed as a national holiday to mark the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting.</span>
<span>A grandmother from Bicol region greets Leni Robredo as if she were a cute baby, pinching her cheek after she took her oath as the country's 14th Vice President, June 30, 2016.</span>
<span>A participant in the "Colors of Freedom Run" waves a Philippine flag at Bonifacio Global City in Taguig City, June 12, 2016. The runners wore colored afro wigs and spayed powdered dyes during the celebration of Philippine's 118th Independence Day. </span>
<span>A Philippine Marines soldier aligns a giant Philippine flag during rehearsal for the celebration of the 118th anniversary of the proclamation of Philippine Independence at the Rizal Monument in Manila, June 11, 2016. President Aquino will lead the commemorative activities for the last time.  </span>
<span>A 12-meter bronze statue of Lapu-Lapu known as the Statue of the Sentinel of Freedom stands at Rizal Park in Manila. President-elect Rodrigo Duterte disapproves of the naming of a fish after the hero of Mactan. He says he will make Lapu-Lapu a "proper hero" to be honored for being the first Filipino to resist the Spanish conquistadors who came to the Philippines in 1521.</span>
<span>Workers build steel columns that will be used for the construction of Skyway Stage 3 project along Araneta Avenue in Quezon City, June 9, 2016. 
The Philippines economic growth is expected to firm to 6.4 percent in 2016, with an accelerated implementation of public-private partnership projects and strong domestic demand. </span>
<span>A paraglider tows a Philippine Flag during the 20th Hot Air Balloon Festival kick off at Clark Air Base in  Pampanga on February 11, 2016.</span>
<span>A cow walks past Philippine Marines as they attack a mock enemy target during the Philippine-US joint naval training exercise at the Philippine Naval Station in San Antonio, Zambales, 9 October 2015.
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