Daily Archives: September 2, 2012

September 9 2012 Osmena Day Holiday in Cebu

Cebuanos will mark the 134th birth anniversary of the late President Sergio Osmena Sr. this coming September 9, 2012. The day, which falls on a Sunday, is a special non-working holiday in the province of Cebu and its component cities by virtue of Republic Act (RA) 6953. The day meanwhile is a special working holiday in the rest of the country. RA 6953 was signed into law by then-President Corazon Aquino in May 1990. Click here to read the full text of RA 6953.

Born in 1878 (three weeks after Manuel Quezon), Osmena is one of only two Visayans to ascend to the presidency – the other one being Carlos P. Garcia. Prior to serving as Philippine president from 1944 to 1946, the Osmena patriarch used to be a provincial governor, House speaker, senator, and vice president. Osmena’s 45-year political career came ended when he was defeated by then-Senate President Manuel Roxas in the 1946 presidential elections.

English: J.M. Elizalde, Sergio Osmena, John W....

English: J.M. Elizalde, Sergio Osmena, John W. Hausermann (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Since then, several members of the Osmena clan have occupied positions in the national and local level. Serging Osmena unsuccessfully ran against then-President Ferdinand Marcos in 1969 while Lito Osmena failed in his vice presidential and presidential bids in 1992 and 1998, respectively. At present, Sergio Osmena III is serving his third non-consecutive term in the Senate while his brother Tomas is in his first term as a Cebu congressman (he served as Cebu City mayor for 16 years).


Proclamation 459 – Philippine holidays for 2013

2013 Calendar Holidays Philippines

President Benigno Aquino III has issued Proclamation 459 which lists all national holidays for the year 2013. The proclamation, signed last August 16, was released with still four months left in 2012. Click here to read the full text of Proclamation 459.

Filipinos will enjoy at least 15 holidays for 2013, regular holidays and special non-working days combined. They are the following:

Regular Holidays

January 1, 2013 – New Year’s Day

March 28, 2013 – Maundy Thursday

March 29, 2013 – Good Friday

April 9, 2013 – Araw ng Kagitingan (Fall of Bataan)

May 1, 2013 – Labor Day

June 12, 2013 – Araw ng Kalayaan (Independence Day)

August 26, 2013 – National Heroes Day

November 30, 2013 – Bonifacio Day

December 25, 2013 – Christmas Day

December 30, 2013 – Rizal Day

Special non-working days

February 25, 2013 – EDSA People Power Anniversary (for schools only)

March 30, 2013 – Black Saturday

August 21, 2013 – Ninoy Aquino Day

November 1, 2013 – All Saints’ Day

Additional non-working days

November 2, 2013

December 24, 2013

December 31, 2013

Two additional holidays will be declared in the second half of the year in connection with the observance of Eid’l Fitr and Eidul Adha. The dates for the said Islamic feasts, which are both national holidays, will be determined by the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos based on the Islamic calendar (Hijra) or the lunar calendar, or upon Islamic astronomical calculations.

The anniversary of the 1986 EDSA People Power, which is commemorated every February 25, is a holiday for all schools only. Interestingly, the Chinese New Year is no longer listed as a special non-working holiday for 2013 unlike this year.


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