Help me complete the Official Calendar of the Republic

One of my on-again, off-again projects is The Official Calendar of the Republic, in which I’m trying to gather all the various national, provincial, and municipal holidays, past and present, in one place, along with the statutes that provide(d) for them. I’d appreciate any help from readers.

1. Holidays by legislative fiat, whether national, provincial, or municipal. Please provide the details (e.g. Republic Act ____, passed on [date])

2. Holidays and commemorations by executive issuance (event, duration, number of the executive issuance, usually a Presidential Proclamation or Executive Order, the President who issued it and the date). This applies to past (and thus lapsed) commemorations.

3. Holidays and commemorations by provincial statute.

Please add a comment below, if you know of any.

Every reader of this blog helps me out, because visitors are tracked by PajamasMedia, etc. But there are some readers who very generously decide to give me something directly. A reader once gave me a lifetime membership to LibraryThing. Another reader always gives me a book or two every New Year, most lately some books by John Lukacs.

Since this year I turn 38, and hope springs eternal, here’s my birthday and Christmas wishlist for 2008.

1. A CueCat Barcode Scanner.

2. A Flickr Pro Account.

3. A TimeFlyer registration code.

(Thank you to Adam Behringer, developer of Bee Doc’s Timeline, for the complimentary copy of the program!!!)

4. Anything at all from My Wishlist. In particular, The Stripping of the Altars: Traditional Religion in England, 1400-1580, Opposing Suharto: Compromise, Resistance, And Regime Change In Indonesia, A More Perfect Constitution: 23 Proposals to Revitalize Our Constitution and Make America a Fairer Country, Britain and Indian Nationalism: The Imprint of Amibiguity 1929-1942, American Visions of the Netherlands East Indies/Indonesia: US Foreign Policy and Indonesian Nationalism 1920-1949, or The Cambridge History of Southeast Asia: Volume 2, The Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries.

Manuel L. Quezon III.

23 thoughts on “Help me complete the Official Calendar of the Republic

  1. mlq3: happy birthday! now all I have to figure out is if I jumped the gun, or got off to a late start. 😀 eitherway, I hope you enjoy/enjoyed it!

  2. so you’re a gemini, mlq3. having a gemini child myself, i think i now have a glimpse about your personality. while you’re into history, she is into art history and, as an aquarian-piscean, i always have enjoyable conversations with her when she’s in the “right” mood (lol). advance happy b-day!

  3. haha, that’s very true, bencard, now you know why sometimes i’m very calm and other times quite hyper. many thanks for your greetings~

    cjv, pdi address is as good as any 😀

  4. Advance Happy Birthday, MLQ3! Anyway, let me contribute on your project.

    February 16 is Caloocan City Day and obviously it’s a non-working holiday. 🙂

  5. you’re buying all this gemini superstition thingie, mlq? astrology then only makes 12 personalities that are made to exist in this planet.

    whatever. happy birthday.

  6. Advance Happy Birthday, MLQ3 🙂

    Thank you guys for helping me broaden my mind. 🙂

  7. Manolo, advance Happy Birthday! Thanks for putting up a great blog! Hehe, ako rin Gemini.

  8. happy birthday mlq3. may you have more birthdays and success to come. i admire your dedication in keeping your advocacy alive and making your blog interesting. i know how hard it is to maintain the site which probably takes much of your waking hours. keep it up and more power to you sir.

  9. All the best Manolo!

    Many thanks for keeping this site where insomiacs like me could hang out. Huwag ka sanang magsawa.

    Enjoy your special day! Maraming salamat uli.

  10. Manolo,

    They say it’s better to give than to receive so on your birthday…

    please give me the Macbook Air plus the attachment.

    Thanks in advance

  11. mbuencamino, i kind of sensed that. probably that’s why we love delving into ideas from the sublime to the ridiculous, the mundane from the divine, without losing our innate sensitivity and humanity.

    mlq3, i was just wondering why there’s no official commemoration for wenceslao q. vinzons, the martyred hero from bicol whom your grandfather anointed as most-likely to become president. he was a celebrated youth activist at u.p.,(founder of “young-philippines” political party), bar topnotcher, youngest delegate to the 1935 constitutional convention at age 24, first proponent of a united malayan race in his “malaya irredenta”, elected governor of camarines norte at age 22, organized and led local guerilla resistance against the japanese, and gave up his young and promising life rather than collaborate with the enemy.

    in these days of false heroes and self-serving “heroisms”, vinzon’s memory stands as a beacon for our youth. this is the kind of hero we need to celebrate, not the flamboyant politicians who say and do “good” things under the glare of tv cameras and p.r. hirelings, with eyes directed towards a perpetual hold on power.

  12. I agree with Bencard on Vinzons. I remember reading that, working under MLQ, he was the one who did the spade work in implementing the National Language.

  13. march 17 of every year is official holiday in the province of zambales under executive order no. 4 of governor amor deloso. (death anniversary of pres. ramon magsaysay) august 31 is zambales day under republic act 7792 promulgated on july, 1993.

  14. Happy Birthday po! May I contribute na rin…May 3 is the village fiesta of Sta. Cruz Arevalo here in Iloilo City. December 8 is the town fiesta of Municipality of Oton. And also in April 28- May 3 is the foundation day of Oton municipality and it is the date where the Katagman Festival is highlighted. And every fourth weekend of the month of January is the celebration of the Dinagyang festival in the City of Iloilo.

  15. ei Manolo

    Proclamation No. 1463 setting the specific dates of movable holidays as mandated by Republic Act No. 9492 which rationalized the celebration of the country’s holidays. R.A. 9492 provides that holidays, except those which are religious in nature, are moved to the nearest Monday unless otherwise modified by law, order or proclamation.

    This year, the following regular holidays shall fall on the following dates:

    • Maundy Thursday (March 20, Thursday);
    • Good Friday (March 21, Friday);
    • Araw ng Kagitingan (April 7, Monday nearest April 9);
    • Labor Day (May 1, Thursday);
    • Independence Day (June 9, Monday nearest June 12);
    • National Heroes’ Day (Aug. 25, last Monday of August);
    • Bonifacio Day (Dec. 1, Monday nearest Nov. 30);
    • Christmas Day (Dec. 25, Thursday); and
    • Rizal Day (Dec. 30, Tuesday).

    Meanwhile, the Special (Non-Working) Holidays for 2008 shall fall on the following dates:

    • Ninoy Aquino Day (Aug.18, Monday nearest Aug. 21);
    • All Saints’ Day (Nov. 1, Saturday);
    • Additional Special (Non-Working) Day (Dec. 26, Friday);
    • Additional Special (Non-Working) Day (Dec. 29, Monday); and the
    • Last day of the year (Dec. 31, Wednesday).

    As for the Muslims’ observance of Eidul Fitr, President Arroyo ordered the Office of Muslim Affairs (OMA) to inform the Office of the President (OP) “on which day the said holiday shall fall.”

    The President said another proclamation shall be issued declaring the Eidul Fitr date as a national holiday for Muslims “after the appropriate date of the Islamic holiday has been determined in accordance with the Islamic calendar (Hijra) or the lunar calendar, or upon Islamic astronomical calculations, whichever is possible or convenient.”

    The President tasked the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to promulgate the implementing guidelines for Proclamation 1463.

    If you have no copy (pdf) of the original, send me a blank email, i’ll send you the e-copy signed by your former boss. Hahaha.

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