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    Posted November 28, 2012 by
    Sta. Rosa , Laguna, Philippines
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    Christmas where you live

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    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     iReporter bordsbordo from the Philippines took these beautiful photos of parols, star shaped lanterns traditional to the country that are made out of bamboo and paper and come in various sizes, in a mall near where he lives. They were first created in 1928 by an artisan called Francisco Estanislao. "This lantern was used by people to light their paths during the ritual Yuletide dawn masses called 'Misa de Gallo', because electricity was unavailable at the time in many rural areas of the Philippines," he said. In modern times, however, he says that many come with electronic lights fitted.
    - sarahbrowngb, CNN iReport producer

    A street vendor selling Parols ( Christmas Lanterns) in the Philippines outside a city mall.

    It has been a tradition to buy parols and decorate your home for the Christmas season.
    It's as important to Filipinos as the Christmas Tree to western cultures.
    without parols Christmas wouldn't be complete.

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