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August 29, 30 are holidays

August 15, 2011 2:02pm
Malacañang on Monday announced that August 30, Tuesday, will be a regular holiday in observance of Eid'l Fitr, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

In Proclamation No. 234, President Benigno Simeon Aquino III declared August 30 as a holiday "to promote cultural understanding and integration, the entire Filipino nation should have the full opportunity to join their Muslim brothers and sisters in the observance and celebration of Eid’l Fitr."

The proclamation, signed by Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr., noted that Muslims mark Eid’l Fitr at the end of Ramadan, a month of fasting considered one of the greatest religious observances in Islam .

"In order to bring the religious and cultural significance of the Eid’l Fitr to the fore of national consciousness, it is necessary to declare Tuesday, 30 August 2011, as a regular holiday throughout the country," Aquino said in Republic Act No. 9177, declaring Eid’l Fitr (Feast of Ramadhan) as a regular holiday throughout the country.

August 29 also a holiday

Meanwhile, in July, deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte noted that August 29, National Heroes’ Day, is also a holiday.

At that time, she said there was no plan yet to declare August 27, the Saturday before National Heroes’ Day, a holiday as well.

“Wala akong narinig na may balak i-declare (na holiday) sa (August) 27 pero 29 and 30 sigurado na yan," she said on government-run dzRB radio last July 23.

Under Proclamation No. 84, National Heroes’ Day is a holiday that falls on the last Monday of August. - VVP, GMA News
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