Various '7 billionth' babies celebrated worldwide

By the Associated Press | October 31, 2011 | 2:45 AM EDT

A newly born baby girl named Danica Camacho, the Philippines' symbolic seven billionth baby, as part of the United Nations' seven billion global population projection, lies on the chest of her mother Camille in government's Fabella Maternity hospital in Manila on Monday Oct. 31, 2011.(AP Photo/Erik De Castro, Pool)

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Countries around the world are marking the world's population reaching a record 7 billion by holding lavish ceremonies for newborn infants symbolizing the milestone.

The Philippines was already celebrating the birth of baby Danica May Camacho. Photos flashed and people cheered soon after she was born at two minutes before midnight in Manila. Doctors say that was close enough to count for a Monday birthday.

While demographers are unsure exactly when the world's population will reach the seven billion mark, the U.N. is using Monday to symbolically mark the day.

"She looks so lovely," mother Camille Galura whispered as she cradled her tiny baby.

A series of symbolic 7-billionth babies are being honored in various countries.