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Jammed into the narrow valley between Manila Bay and the Sierra Madre Mountains, Metro Manila's more than 14 million people, many of them very poor, use every square foot of available space. Makeshift shanties jostle high-rise apartments; neighborhoods built on stilts spill into tidal flats, rivers, and the sea. Backed up against a set of railroad tracks, this street-food vendor squeezes her modest business into a space hardly bigger than a U.S. walk-in closet. Hungry Planet: What the World Eats (p. 237). This image is featured alongside the Cabaña family images in Hungry Planet: What the World Eats.