ILOILO CITY, Aug 7 (PIA) — Filipinos will get three holidays and, eventually, two long weekends this August.
Eid’l Fitr or the Feast of Ramadan which falls on Friday, August 9, 2013 will be a regular holiday nationwide.
President Benigno S. Aquino III has signed Proclamation No. 629 last August 1 declaring August 9, which is a Friday, as a regular holiday throughout the country in observance of Eid’l Fitr or the Feast of Ramadhan in accordance with Republic Act 9177.
Eid’l Fitr is celebrated by the Muslim world for three days after the end of the month of fasting.
“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 Ftr,” said President Aquino in the proclamation.
In addition to August 9, President Aquino has also declared August 21, a Wednesday, as a special non-working day in the country in celebration of Ninoy Aquino Day via Proclamation No. 459.
Proclamation No. 459 which was issued by President Aquino on August 16, 2012 declares the regular holidays, special non-working days and special holiday (for all schools) in the country for the year 2013.
August 26 is also listed in Proclamation No. 459 as regular holiday throughout the country in observance of the National Heroes Day. The day is on the last Monday of the month.
August 9, being a Friday and August 26, a Monday, will give Filipinos two long weekends this month. (JSC/LAF-PIA6)