Cheered on by local residents, contestants from the Miss PNR South Beauty Pageant make their way down the tracks in an entourage of six trolleys. More than 66,000 informal settlers live along the treacherous Philippine National Railway (PNR) tracks in Manila, Philippines. In preparation for its multi-million dollar expansion project, the government-run transport company issued a 60-day eviction notice in June 2004 to tens of thousands of so-called squatters who have made the narrow space along the tracks their home for decades.

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