EDSA anniversary, Ninoy’s Day still be celebrated under Marcos admin

President Marcos Jr. appears unconcerned about the two contentious and historical events that forced his family away decades ago.

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:

Regular Holidays

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.

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