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Byline: Hannah M. Muralla
The countdown to Christmas also marks the start of the annual inter- family competition for the most reunion-worthy holiday spread, and delegated household cooks are now busy scouring for the best ingredients that will make their yuletide feast the highlight of the season.
Not everyone is in on the rivalry, however. Some families have opted out of the usual grand festivities in deference to the typhoon victims who have yet to recover from the recent calamities.
Enter the supermarkets, which claim that clans who have been bitten by this year's austerity bug can have an equally memorable Christmas with ready-to-serve Noche Buena fare …