December 26, 2011 and January 2, 2012, both Mondays, were not among the list holidays for 2011 as declared by Malacanang through Proclamation No. 84 signed by Philippines President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III last December 2010.
As of posting, the remaining holidays for 2011 includes December 25 (Christmas) and December 30 (Rizal Day) and December 31. January 1, 2012 (New Year’s Day) is an annual regular holiday like Christmas and Rizal Day.
According to presidential spokesman, Edwin Lacierda, they will strictly follow Proclamation No. 84 for the rest of the year.
During the past administration of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, they implemented “holiday economics” that moves holidays that fall within the week to the nearest Mondays.
Holiday economics was scrapped by the Aquino administration.
The official list of holidays for 2012 was already issued earlier.
The official list of Philippine holidays, regular holidays and special non-working days, for 2012 was declared by Malacanang through Proclamation No. 295, series of 2011.
The early announcement of holidays in the Philippines will give the opportunity for Filipinos to lay down their plans for next year. Proclamation no. 295 will also enable businesses and educational institutions to plot their work schedule and school calendar earlier. The early release of the 2012 Philippine Holidays will also give enough time for those who are planning to have a long vacation.
Below is the complete text of Proclamation No. 295 or the official declaration of Philippine Holidays for 2012 taken from the official website of the Philippine government at www.gov.ph.
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINES
PROCLAMATION NO. 295
DECLARING THE REGULAR HOLIDAYS, SPECIAL (NON-WORKING) DAYS, AND SPECIAL HOLIDAY (FOR ALL SCHOOLS) FOR THE YEAR 2012
WHEREAS, Republic Act (RA) No. 9492, dated July 24, 2007, amended Section 26, Chapter 7, Book I of Executive Order (EO) No. 292, also known as the Administrative Code of 1987, by declaring certain days (specific or movable) as special or regular holidays;
WHEREAS, RA No. 9492 provides that holidays, except those which are religious in nature, are moved to the nearest Monday unless otherwise modified by law, order or proclamation;
WHEREAS, RA No. 9849 provides that the Eidul Adha shall be celebrated as a national holiday;
WHEREAS, the EDSA People Power Revolution, which restored and ushered political, social and economic reforms in the country, serves as an inspiration to Filipinos everywhere as a nation and as a people;
WHEREAS, on January 23, 2012, the Chinese nationals all over the world will celebrate Spring Festival, popularly known as the Chinese New Year, which is one of the most revered and festive events celebrated not only in China but also in the Philippines by both Chinese Filipinos and ordinary Filipinos as well; and the joint celebration is a manifestation of our solidarity with our Chinese Filipino brethren who have been part of our lives in many respects as a country and as a people; 23 January 2012 may be declared as a special (non-working) day without detriment to public interest;
WHEREAS, Friday, 2 November 2012, falling between Thursday, 1 November 2012 (All Saints Day) and Saturday, has been traditionally declared a special (non-working) day throughout the country;
WHEREAS, to give full opportunity to our people to properly observe All Saints Day with all its religious fervor which invariably requires them to travel to and from different regions in the country, Friday, 2 November 2012, may be declared as a special (non-working) day without detriment to public interest;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BENIGNO S. AQUINO III, by virtue of the powers vested in me by the Constitution as President of the Philippines, do hereby declare:
SECTION 1. The following regular holidays and special days for the year 2012 shall be observed in the country:
A. Regular Holidays New Year’s Day
Araw ng Kagitingan
January 1 (Sunday)
April 9 (Monday)
National Heroes Day
May 1 (Tuesday)
June 12 (Tuesday)
August 27 (Last Monday of August)
November 30 (Friday)
December 25 (Tuesday)
December 30 (Sunday)
B. Special (Non-Working) Days Chinese New Year
Ninoy Aquino Day
All Saints Day
Additional special (non-working) day
Last Day of the Year
January 23 (Monday)
August 21 (Tuesday)
November 1 (Thursday)
November 2 (Friday)
December 31 (Monday
C. Special Holiday (for all schools) EDSA Revolution Anniversary
February 25 (Saturday)
SECTION 2. The proclamations declaring national holidays for the observance of Eid’l Fitr and Eidul Adha shall hereafter be issued after the approximate dates of the Islamic holidays have been determined in accordance with the Islamic calendar (Hijra) or the lunar calendar, or upon Islamic astronomical calculations, whichever is possible or convenient. To this end, the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) shall inform the Office of the President on which day the holiday shall fall.
SECTION 3. The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) shall promulgate the implementing guidelines for this Proclamation.
SECTION 4. This Proclamation shall take effect immediately.
SECTION 5. This Proclamation shall be published in a newspaper of general circulation.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the Republic of thePhilippines to be affixed.
Done in the City ofManila, this 24th day of November in the year of Our Lord, Two Thousand and Eleven.
(Sgd.) BENIGNO S. AQUINO III
By the President:
(Sgd.) PAQUITO N. OCHOA, JR.
November 7, 2011 was declared as a regular holiday by the Philippines government through Proclamation no. 276 series of 2011. Malacañang made the announcement in observance of the Muslim celebration of Eid’l Adha. The regular holiday on November 7 is declared throughout the country.
Eid’l Adha is a religious Muslim holiday celebration being practiced around the world.
The recent declaration by Malacanang will give another long weekend to Filipino workers. Earlier, Malacanang declared October 31 (Monday) and November 1 (Tuesday) as special non-working holidays.
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINES
PROCLAMATION NO. 276
DECLARING MONDAY, 7 NOVEMBER 2011, AS A REGULAR HOLIDAY THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY, IN OBSERVANCE OF EIDUL ADHA (FEAST OF SACRIFICE)
WHEREAS, Republic Act No. 9849 provides that Eidul Adha shall be celebrated as a regular holiday;
WHEREAS, Eidul Adha is one of the two greatest feasts of Islam;
WHEREAS, the date of the festival based on the declaration made by Saudi Arabia’s highest religious body is on 6 November 2011;
WHEREAS, the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) recommended that the observance of Eidul Adha be on 7 November 2011 and the Eidul Adha prayer held on 6 November 2011;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BENIGNO S. AQUINO III, President of the Philippines, by virtue of the powers vested in me by law, do hereby declare Monday, 7 November 2011, as a regular holiday throughout the country, in observance of Eidul Adha (Feast of Sacrifice).
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the Republic of the Philippines to be affixed.
Done in the City of Manila, this 20th day of October, in the year of Our Lord, Two Thousand and Eleven.
(Sgd.) BENIGNO S. AQUINO III
By the President
(Sgd.) PAQUITO N. OCHOA JR.
October 31, 2011, a Monday, was declared as a special non-working holiday by Malacanang through Proclamation No. 265 today, October 10, 2011. The early declaration of October 31 as a non-working holiday will enable everyone to plan the long weekend which will start from October 29.
Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. signed Proclamation No. 265 that that gives “full opportunity to our people to properly observe [All Saints’ Day] with all its religious fervor which invariably requires them to travel to and from different regions of the country.”
All Saints’ Day, also a special non-working holiday, is observed on November 1 and falls on a Tuesday this year.
Related blog post: Proclamation No. 65 Complete Text
The University of the Philippines (UP) Pep Squad won the 2011 UAAP Cheerdance Competition at the Araneta Coliseum today, September 17, 2011.
UP‘s Madonna-inspired Pep Squad showed a better and almost flawless routine to retain the 2011 UAAP Samsung Cheerdance competition. The UP Pep Squad surprised everyone with all of its members having blonde hair.
The Araneta Coliseum was filled to the rafters with over 20,000 were in attendance on Saturday.
The UP Pep Squad took home their second straight cheerdance title and P340,000 top prize. De La Salle University (DLSU) Animo Squad entered the top three spot for the first time by placing as first runner up and received P200,000 prize. Far Eastern University (FEU) Cheering Squad placed third with P140,000 prize.
The University of Sto. Tomas (UST) Salinggawi Dance Troupe is in fourth place, Adamson University (AdU) Pep Squad in fifth and the National University (NU) Pep Squad in sixth place.
Below is a YouTube video posted by fotomacder that shows the winning performance of the UP Pep Squad in the 2011 Samsung UAAP Cheerdance Competition.