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This Xmas tree is uniquely Bicol

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This giant Christmas tree inside a Legazpi City, Albay mall is made from abaca. And that’s no coincidence.

For those who don’t know it already, the Philippines is the leading producer of abaca (Manila hemp) in the world, accounting for a whopping 87 percent of the total global output in 2015. From that figure, not less than 35 percent came from the Bicol region.

So the next time you see this towering tree, feel free to call it Bicol’s very own Christmas symbol.