December 16 marks the start of the Philippine religious tradition of the "Simbang Gabi" or "Misa de Gallo," a series of dawn masses culminating on Christmas Eve for the big Noche Buena feast. The old folks say that if you complete all nine masses, you get a wish granted. Your waking up early is also rewarded with native desserts baked fresh in coal flames sold on the streets just outside the church.
In the spirit of the holiday season, Jersey Iggy is giving away a free 2011 Miss Igorota calendar fridge magnet (it looks like this, but with a new photo!) to one lucky commenter on this post. All you have to do is share how/where you will be celebrating the holidays this year! Make sure you include your email address in the comment unless your profile already has it so we can contact you for mailing details in case you win.
One winner will be randomly selected from a drawing to be held on Dec. 26th. Deadline for posting comments for entries is on December 26th at 12:59PM Philippine Time (PHT). That translates to December 25, 11:59PM EST. Timestamps for blog comments are set to PHT for your guidance.
Members of the Miss Igorota Sisterhood are disqualified from entering, but are welcome to leave comments (which shall not be included in the raffle).
So be of good cheer and leave your comments here!