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Manila Traffic
Manila
By Ralf Falbe
13 Jun 2016

Rush Hour on Roxas Boulevard in Ermita, Manila, Philippines.

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Manila
Manila
By Ralf Falbe
13 Jun 2016

Skyline of the Ermita District Manila, Philippines.

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Trash Collectors
Manila
By Ralf Falbe
13 Jun 2016

Men carry bags of trash along the shoreline of Manila Bay, Philippines

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Manila Street Vendor
Manila
By Ralf Falbe
13 Jun 2016

On Roxas Boulevard in Manila, Philippines, homeless people live on the street next to vendors.

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Manila Street Scene
Manila
By Ralf Falbe
09 May 2015

Traffic on Mabini Street in the Ermita District, Manila, Philippines.

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"Pagpag": Manila's Junk Eaters
Manila, Philippines
By Javier Triana
05 Mar 2015

Text: Javier Triana / Photos: Álvaro Barrantes

The Padilla family are masters of junk food. None of them work in Mc Donalds or in local fast-food chain Jolibee, but they spend hours with their products in-hand. When the sun goes down in and those franchises are about to close, leftovers take on a whole new life in the slums of Manila. The Padillas re-fry the leftovers at their own home, de-bone them and pack them into small plastic bags ready to sell to the poorest among the poorest. "Pagpag," as it is called, is an ingenious solution for these people to fill their bellies.

"I would prefer to do something different, but now I'm too old to apply for a job, and pagpag generates enough income for my family," says Jessica Padilla, 35, mother of five.

The Padillas know it's prohibited by the Department of Social Welfare and Developement, but pagpag (literally "shake off," the dirt from the edible) pays the school fees for their children and provides them with enough food.

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Junk Eaters 1
Manila, Philippines
By Javier Triana
05 Mar 2015

Chicken bones being swept in the Padilla's slum-house, after the re-cooking, de-boning and packing process.

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Junk Eaters 2
Manila, Philippines
By Javier Triana
05 Mar 2015

Ezequiel Padilla takes a break from re-cooking 'pagpag'to watch Jessica Padilla and his cousin de-bone and pack the meat in plastic bags.

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Junk Eaters 3
Manila, Philippines
By Javier Triana
05 Mar 2015

One member of the Padilla family sweeps the chicken bones in the Padilla's slum-house, after the re-cooking, de-boning and packing process.

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Junk Eaters 7
Manila, Philippines
By Javier Triana
05 Mar 2015

Danilo Valdra has a bite of recently prepared 'pagpag' inside his slum-house in Baseco, Manila.

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Junk Eaters 8
Manila, Philippines
By Javier Triana
05 Mar 2015

Danilo Valdra cooks 'pagpag' in a wok, adding onions, tomatoes and soy sauce in his house in the Baseco slum, Manila.

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Junk Eaters 21
Manila, Philippines
By Javier Triana
05 Mar 2015

Ezequiel Padilla and a customer at the Padilla's 'pagpag' stall in the Baseco slum market, Manila.

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Manila Nightlife
Manila
By Ralf Falbe
23 Jan 2015

A singer and band performs at a nightclub in Manila, Philippines.

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Cyclo Driver
Manila
By Ralf Falbe
08 Jan 2015

A man pedals a three-wheeled cyclo in the Ermita District of Manila, Philippines.

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Homeless Child
Manila
By Ralf Falbe
08 Jan 2015

Homeless street child on Adriatico Street, Ermita District, Manila, Philippines.

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Junk Eaters 4
Manila, Philippines
By Javier Triana
06 Nov 2014

50-year old Danilo Valdra and his wife, both of them 'pagpag' buyers and consumers, outside the tiny slum-house they live in Baseco, Manila.

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Junk Eaters 5
Manila, Philippines
By Javier Triana
06 Nov 2014

50-year old Danilo Valdra and his wife, both of them 'pagpag' buyers and consumers, outside the tiny slum-house they live in Baseco, Manila.

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Junk Eaters 6
Manila, Philippines
By Javier Triana
06 Nov 2014

50-year old Danilo Valdra and his wife, both of them 'pagpag' buyers and consumers, outside the tiny slum-house they live in Baseco, Manila.

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Junk Eaters 16
Manila, Philippines
By Javier Triana
06 Nov 2014

Jessica Padilla (standing) and her cousin fill plastic bags with 'pagpag' they'll later sell at the Baseco Market, Manila.

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Junk Eaters 17
Manila, Philippines
By Javier Triana
06 Nov 2014

Jessica Padilla (standing) and her cousin fill plastic bags with 'pagpag' they'll later sell at the Baseco Market, Manila.

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Junk Eaters 22
Manila, Philippines
By Javier Triana
06 Nov 2014

An image of the impoverished Baseco slum, Manila, where many 'pagpag' consumers live.

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Junk Eaters 23
Manila, Philippines
By Javier Triana
06 Nov 2014

Men playing pool and daily life at the impoverished Baseco slum, Manila, where many 'pagpag' consumers live.

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Junk Eaters 9
Manila, Philippines
By Javier Triana
05 Nov 2014

Jessica Padilla (R) and her cousin fill plastic bags with 'pagpag' they'll later sell at the Baseco Market, Manila.

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Junk Eaters 10
Manila, Philippines
By Javier Triana
05 Nov 2014

Jessica Padilla (R) and her cousin fill plastic bags with 'pagpag' they'll later sell at the Baseco Market, Manila.

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Junk Eaters 11
Manila, Philippines
By Javier Triana
05 Nov 2014

Jessica Padilla (R) and her cousin fill plastic bags with 'pagpag' they'll later sell at the Baseco Market, Manila.

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Junk Eaters 12
Manila, Philippines
By Javier Triana
05 Nov 2014

Jessica Padilla (R) and her cousin fill plastic bags with 'pagpag' they'll later sell at the Baseco Market, Manila.

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Junk Eaters 13
Manila, Philippines
By Javier Triana
05 Nov 2014

Jessica Padilla (R) and her cousin fill plastic bags with 'pagpag' they'll later sell at the Baseco Market, Manila.

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Junk Eaters 14
Manila, Philippines
By Javier Triana
05 Nov 2014

Jessica Padilla (R) and her cousin fill plastic bags with 'pagpag' they'll later sell at the Baseco Market, Manila.

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Junk Eaters 15
Manila, Philippines
By Javier Triana
05 Nov 2014

Jessica Padilla (R) and her cousin fill plastic bags with 'pagpag' they'll later sell at the Baseco Market, Manila.

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Junk Eaters 18
Manila, Philippines
By Javier Triana
05 Nov 2014

Ezequiel and Jessica Padilla at their 'pagpag' stall in the Baseco slum market, Manila.

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Junk Eaters 19
Manila, Philippines
By Javier Triana
05 Nov 2014

Ezequiel and Jessica Padilla at their 'pagpag' stall in the Baseco slum market, Manila.

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Junk Eaters 20
Manila, Philippines
By Javier Triana
05 Nov 2014

Ezequiel Padilla grabs a bag filled with 'pagpag' at his stall in the Baseco slum market, Manila.

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Quiapo 13
Manila, Metro Manila
By David Ozkoidi
18 Sep 2014

Inside the Golden Mosque in Quiapo where many Muslims come to rest, to pray and talk. Many Muslims in Manila come from the provinces of Mindanao where Islam is a growing religion.

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Quiapo 24
Manila, Metro Manila
By David Ozkoidi
14 Sep 2014

The faith of Filipinos is evident in all temples of the Islands and the worship of images of saints, virgins and Christs. Quietly and in long lines parishioners are waiting to touch the religious figures. Quiapo, Manila. Philippines.

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Quiapo 02
Manila, Metro Manila
By David Ozkoidi
09 Sep 2014

A large group of grandmothers sell candles of all colors, in their view, lighting them serve to improve different aspects of life from love to the money. Religions are mixed to pagan beliefs in the district of Quiapo, Manila.

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Quiapo 03
Manila, Metro Manila
By David Ozkoidi
09 Sep 2014

Thousands of people pass daily through the huge Catholic church called "Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene" or "Quiapo Church." In the early nineteenth century the church and the Plaza Miranda were the center of what was the city of Manila.

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Quiapo 09
Manila, Metro Manila
By David Ozkoidi
09 Sep 2014

Demonstration of communist people in Quezon Boulevard against Martial Law imposed from 1972-1981 by the former President Marcos.

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Quiapo 12
Manila, Metro Manila
By David Ozkoidi
09 Sep 2014

Rush Hour in Quezon Boulevard. Traffic jams are continuous. Right hand side Quiapo Church, left the area where the Golden Mosque is.

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Manila
By Xaume Olleros
01 Dec 2013

Daily life at Navotas cementery on December 1 2014 in Manila, Philippines. Photo by Xaume Olleros

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Manila
By Xaume Olleros
01 Dec 2013

LifDaily lifeestyle at Navotas cementery on December 1 2014 in Manila, Philippines. Photo by Xaume Olleros