People start to buy fruits for the upcoming New Year at the Bankerohan market, while market stalls are still not crowded. Filipinos still observe a lot of traditions that in ushering a prosperous New Year, from the shape and number of fruits to be displayed on the table and the kind of meat to avoid, to making noises at the strike of 12 midnight to scare away bad spirits. Many of these customs show strong Chinese influence.(Ace R. Morandante/davaotoday.com)
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