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November 29 declared a holiday

Malacañang has declared November 29, Monday, a regular nonworking holiday in celebration of Bonifacio Day.

It is the second holiday declared by Malacañang this month and the first to follow former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s policy of holiday economics, which allows the President to move non-religious holidays to the nearest Monday. Bonifacio Day actually falls on November 30, a Tuesday.

In a press briefing, Presidential Communications Secretary Ricky Carandang said Malacañang will be more systematic in declaring holidays. He admitted that some people are confused with the Aquino administration’s policy on holidays since President Benigno Aquino III had said that he would not follow his predecessor’s policy on holiday economics.

Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Cayetano Paderanga, meanwhile, said holiday economics is good for domestic tourism as it allows workers to travel during long weekends.

He said businessmen want a fixed number of holidays every year and that the list of holidays be announced early.

The Palace earlier declared November 16, Tuesday, a National Holiday in celebration of the Islamic religious holiday Eid’l Adha.

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National Holiday in Celebration of EID’L-ADHA (Feast of Sacrifice )

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) – Malacañang on Wednesday has declared November 16, Tuesday, a National Holiday in celebration of the Islamic religious holiday Eid’l Adha.

The announcement of the holiday was made through Proclamation Number 60, signed by the President on Tuesday.

The date is a nonworking holiday.

The proclamation said the date was confirmed by the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF).

Republic Act 9849 stipulates that Eid’l Adha (sometimes spelled Eid al-Adha, Eid ul Adha or Eid-u’z-Zuha, meaning the Feast of Sacrifice), one of the major religious feasts in Islam, shall be observed as a national holiday.

The holiday commemorates the willingness of the Prophet Abraham to sacrifice his own son, Ishmael (or Ismail), upon the command of Allah.

The feast starts at the end of the Hajj (the annual pilgrimage of Muslims to the Holy City of Mecca).

It is celebrated annually on the 10th day of the Zhul Hijja, the 12th and last month of the lunar Islamic calendar.

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September 10, Friday, a regular holiday

Malacañang has declared September 10, Friday, a regular holiday.

President Benigno Aquino on Friday proclaimed Eidul Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan, a holiday.

This makes the next weekend, September 10-12, a 3-day holiday.

Republic Act No. 9177, signed into law in November 2002 during the Arroyo presidency, declares the first day of Shawwal, the 10th month of the Islamic calendar, a national holiday for the observance of Eidul Fitr.

“Eidul Fitr is the first day marking the end of the thirty (30)-day fasting period of Ramadhan,” said RA 9177.

Eidul Fitr day depends on the Islamic calendar.

RA 9177 says “the approximate date of these Islamic holidays may be determined in accordance with the Islamic calendar (Hijra) or the lunar calendar, or upon Islamic astronomical calculations, whichever is possible or convenient.”

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August 23 is a Regular Working Day

Malacañang on Wednesday said August 23, which falls on a Monday, will remain a regular working day while August 21, a Saturday and also Ninoy Aquino Day, is a non-working holiday.

A statement from the presidential palace said President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III is empowered under Republic Act 9492 to modify holidays by law, order or proclamation.

“The purpose for observing Ninoy Aquino Day on August 21 instead of August 23 is to avoid the imposition of unnecessary financial burden upon the employers, ensure the continuity of government, business, and commercial transaction, promote productivity, while at the same time preserve the solemnity of the observance,” the statement read.

Last year, then President Gloria Arroyo issued a proclamation declaring August 23, 2010 as a special holiday. The proclamation is in line with RA 9492 or the holiday economics law that requires that most holidays, except those with religious significance, be shifted to the nearest Monday.

President Aquino earlier told reporters that he is uncomfortable with the idea of declaring a special non-working holiday to commemorate the death of his father, the late Sen. Benigno S. Aquino, on August 21.

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Palace declares June 30 2010 a special non-working holiday

President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has declared President-elect Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III’s inauguration on June 30 (Wednesday) a special non-working holiday, a Malacañang official announced Thursday.

Presidential Management Staff chief Elena Bautista-Horn said presidential spokesperson Ricardo Saludo will issue a statement about the holiday declaration.

The inauguration of Aquino, the 15th Philippine president, at the Quirino Grandstand in Rizal Park (formerly Luneta) in Manila is expected to be simple, but star-studded.

Aquino is slated to fetch Arroyo from Malacañang. When they arrive at the Quirino Grandstand, Arroyo will be given arrival honors.

The 2 presidents will shake hands and then Arroyo will make her exit.

According to inaugural spokesperson Manolo Quezon, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and House Speaker Prospero Nograles will read the proclamation.

Vice President-elect Jejomar “Jojo” Binay will then take his oath, followed by Aquino.

A 21-gun salute to the new commander-in-chief will follow and then he will deliver his inaugural address.

At this point, there will be a slight break in tradition because inaugural committee co-chair Maria Montelibano said this was a people’s campaign and Aquino is the people’s president.

“Panata ng taong bayan… ‘Di lang dapat ang pangulo ang mag-o-oath taking,” said Montelibano.

The Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra and the Madrigal Singers will perform “Bayan Ko.”

After the inauguration, a Cabinet meeting and an inaugural reception are scheduled at the Palace.

At night, a street party will be held at the Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City.

Various groups and sectors will even get a chance for a photo-opportunity with Aquino and Binay.

“Alam mo naman ang Pilipino, mahilig sa kodakan,” commented Montelibano.

Montelibano, meanwhile, promised that the program will also be star-studded. She said concert artists Ogie Alcasid, Regine Velasquez, Gary Valenciano, Martin Nievera and even the disbanded Apo Hiking Society will do a reprise.

She added that Aquino might just have a surprise number: “Baka mag-song and dance siya.”

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Philippine holidays and long-weekend schedule for 2010

As we bid goodbye to 2009 now is the perfect time for us to plan for our next vacation! 2010 will be a new adventure for me and by now I should be planning for my next travel adventure or just plain old leisure trip.

Plan your vacation here are the list of Philippine holidays and long-weekend schedule for 2010 based on RA 9492 and Proclamation 1841.

  • January 1 (Fri) – New Year’s Day (five-day long weekend from December 30 to January 3)
  • February 23  (Mon) – EDSA Revolution Anniversary (holiday for schools only, three-day long weekend from February 21 to 23)
  • April 1 (Thu) – Holy Thursday
  • April 2 (Fri) – Good Friday (four-day long weekend from April 1 to 4)
  • April 9 (Fri) – Araw ng Kagitingan (three-day long weekend from April 9 to 11)
  • May 1 (Sat) – Labor Day
  • June 14 (Mon) – Independence Day (three-day long weekend from June 12 to 14)
  • August 23 (Mon) – Ninoy Aquino Day (three-day long weekend from August 21 to 23)
  • August 30 (Mon) – National Heroes Day (three-day long weekend from August 28 to 30)
  • September – Eid’l Fitr (to be announced, calculated September 10, possible three-day long weekend from September 10 to 12)
  • November 1 (Mon) – All Saints Day (three-day long weekend from October 30 to November 1)
  • November – Eid ‘l Adha (to be announced, calculated November 16)
  • November 29 (Mon) – Bonifacio Day (three-day long weekend from November 27 to 29)
  • December 24 (Fri) – Non-Working Holiday
  • December 25 (Sat) – Christmas
  • December 27 (Mon) – Rizal Day (four-day long weekend from December 24 to 27)
  • December 31 (Fri) – Non-Working Holiday
  • January 1  (Sat) – New Year’s Day (three-day long weekend from December 31 to January 2)
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