New law ‘rationalizes’ celebration of nat’l holidays
2 long weekends in August
MANILA, Philippines — The public can look forward to two long weekends in August after President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo signed a new law rationalizing the celebration of national holidays.
Under Republic Act 9492, most holidays, except for those with religious significance, are moved to the nearest Monday.
Thus, in August, Ninoy Aquino Day, which is celebrated on August 21, a Tuesday, is automatically moved to August 20, a Monday.
National Heroes Day, which is celebrated every last Monday of August, will be on August 27.
In the event the holiday falls on a Wednesday, the holiday will be observed on the Monday of that week. If the holiday falls on a Sunday, the holiday will be observed on the Monday following.
All Saints Day (November 1) and New Year’s Eve will be observed on their original dates.
For regular holidays, those to be celebrated on their original dates are New Year’s Day (January 1), Christmas Day (December 25) and Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Eidul Fitr, whose dates vary each year.
Araw ng Kagitingan is moved to the Monday nearest April 9, Labor Day is moved to the Monday nearest May 1, Independence Day is moved to the Monday nearest June 12, Bonifacio Day is moved to the Monday nearest November 30, and Rizal Day is moved to the Monday nearest December 30.