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.
A Steve Jobs memorial service video by Apple employees, celebrating the life of the co-founder of the California based company, held last week outside its California headquarters was made available for public viewing through its official website on Sunday, October 23, 2011.
The intensely private memorial service for Jobs was held in the morning of Wednesday, October 19 and was filmed live at the Apple campus in Cupertino, California. The memorial service organizers shutdown the public and media reporters during the special event.
Jobs died at the age of 56 on October 5, a day after the launch of iPhone 4S.
According to Apple’s official website, the Steve Jobs Memorial Service streaming video requires Safari 4 or 5 on Mac OS X Snow Leopard or Lion, Safari on iOS 3 or later, or QuickTime 7 on Windows.
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.
As always, majority of the houses in the San Jose town proper is so busy cooking starting at the eve of the Fiesta until the early morning.
The aroma of freshly cooked food that includes “lechon”, “kaldereta”, “adobo”, “afritada”, “kare-kare” and different seafood dishes is everywhere and you can just hear everyone say ‘hmmmm.’
There is also the traditional ‘Perya’ or a place where all the carnival rides, and games were holed up. People from all places troop to the ‘Perya’ to place bets in color game, ‘beto-beto’, and take a ride in the ferris wheel, caterpillar and the like.
At the end of the day, devotees of St. Joseph will join the procession which usually starts around 5 p.m.. The procession will start from the St. Joseph Church and will go around the town proper and back to the church.
Time to eat. Happy Fiesta to all the residents of San Jose, Batangas.