Friday, January 09, 2009

Filipinos get more vacation time in 2009

The recently concluded Christmas Holidays here in the Philippines has so far been one of the longest ones in my memory.

I enjoyed every moment of it with my wife and kid. We didn't go out of town or do anything special, we basically just stayed at home or made short visits to the malls -- there are about three that are within a 30 minute drive from our house in Manila. All in all, just before reporting to work on Monday, I found myself wishing for more long holidays.

Then, just this morning, I spotted this news item by Inquirer's Joel Guinto about more long holidays coming in 2009.

And here it is:

Palace lists down 2009 holidays
By Joel Guinto
First Posted 16:21:00 01/08/2009

MANILA, Philippines -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has issued Proclamation number 1699, listing down the regular and special non-working holidays for 2009.

Except for those that are religious in nature, holidays will be moved to the nearest Monday, pursuant to Republic Act 9492, the proclamation stated.

According to the proclamation, the regular holidays are:
• April 9 (Maundy Thursday),
• April 10 (Good Friday),
• April 6 (Monday, nearest April 9, Araw ng Kagitingan),
• May 1 (Labor Day, Friday),
• June 12 (Independence Day, Friday),
• August 31 (National Heroes' Day, Monday),
• November 30 (Bonifacio Day, Monday),
• Christmas Day (December 25, Friday), and
• December 30 (Rizal Day, Wednesday).

The special non-working holidays are:
• August 21 (Ninoy Aquino Day, Friday),
• November 1 (All Saint's Day, Sunday),
• November 2 (Monday),
• December 24 (Thursday), and
• December 31 (Thursday).

Arroyo signed the proclamation last Dec. 24, 2008, but was
released only on Thursday.

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