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Manila's hidden spaces: Life on the margins in a crowded megacity

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John Harris stands next to his family: wife Remedios (who holds Joshua, 3), Jamie, 11, John, 16, and Joyce, 8, at the small space where they live under a bridge in Manila, Philippines on August 21, 2012 . John is a construction worker making 250 pesos ($6) a day. The family live in a small space under a bridge alongside many other impoverished families.

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Irish Romes, 19, holds her 2-week-old baby Jay at the place where she lives with her family next to a highway in the slums of Binondo, Manila on August 21, 2012.

Manila's population of 20 million people is rising by approximately a quarter of a million every year. Due to overcrowding a third of the Filipino capital's residents are forced to live on any bit of spare land they can manage, often in makeshift settlements under bridges, beside railway lines and even in cemeteries.

Large families are common in a conservative Catholic county that is pushing the government's already weak social care system to its limit.

See more of Getty Images photographer Paula Bronstein's work on population issues in the Philippines in Tuesday's post: Mothers give birth in an already overpopulated Manila.

Look back at PhotoBlog posts on Filipino housing issues and on the world's seven billion population milestone, reached in 2011.

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A boy looks out from his home in a congested slum area of Manila on August 21, 2012.

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A man stands next to the door of his room under a bridge in Manila on August 21, 2012. Families cram into small rooms under a bridge so they can live for free.

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A man washes clothes as children look out from the small room under a bridge within which they live on August 22, 2012 in Manila.

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A woman holds her daughter in their makeshift shack in the Binondo slums of Manila, which they rent for 1,000 pesos ($24) a month.

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