Questions about whether the EDSA People Power Revolution and Ninoy Aquino Day would still be commemorated now that another Marcos is ruling the country were answered on Tuesday when the Malacañang Palace released the list of the country’s holidays for 2023.
President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. announced the regular holidays and special non-working days for next year in Proclamation No. 42, which included the so-called “awkward dates for Marcos.”
The EDSA People Power Revolution, commemorated every February 25, was one of the historical events that led to the ouster of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr. and his family from Malacañang.
Meanwhile, Ninoy Aquino Day, which is observed every August 21, has been designated as a special day to commemorate the death of the former senator, who was regarded to be staunchest critic of Marcos’ dictatorship.
Here’s the list of some of the special dates in the Philippines:
January 1 (Sunday) – New Year’s Day
April 9 (Sunday) – Araw ng Kagitingan
April 6 – Maundy Thursday
April 7 – Good Friday
May 1 (Monday) – Labor Day
June 12 (Monday) – Independence Day
August 28 (last Monday of August) – National Heroes Day
November 30 (Thursday) – Bonifacio Day
December 25 (Monday) – Christmas Day
December 30 (Saturday) – Rizal Day
Special Non-Working Days
February 1 (Tuesday) – Chinese New Year
February 25 (Saturday) – EDSA People Power Revolution Anniversary
April 8 – Black Saturday
August 21 (Monday) – Ninoy Aquino Day
November 1 (Wednesday) – All Saints’ Day
December 8 (Friday) – Feast of the Immaculate Concepcion of Mary
December 31 (Sunday) – Last Day of the Year
Additional Special Non-Working Day
November 2 (Thursday) – All Souls’ Day
Proclamations declaring national holidays for Eid’l Fitr and Eid’l Adha will be issued once the approximate dates of the Islamic holidays have been determined based on the recommendation of the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos.
The decree also ordered the Department of Labor and Employment to enforce the implementing guidelines.