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PIA Press Release
Sunday, January 01, 2012


Regular and special holidays for 2012

TACLOBAN CITY Leyte, Jan 1 (PIA) –- The year 2011 has come to an end. The Filipinos join the entire world in welcoming 2012.

Even before the year ended, President Benigno Simeon Aquino III has issued Proclamation No. 295 declaring the regular holidays, special non-working days, and special holidays for the year 2012.

This will allow the businessmen, various offices, both public and private, and schools to plan their activities.

Notable is that Malacañang has declared January 23, 2012 (Monday) a special non-working day in observance of Chinese New Year.

In issuing the Proclamation, President Aquino noted the “the Chinese nationals all over the world will celebrate Spring Festival, popularly known as the Chinese New Year, which is one of the most revered and festive events celebrated not only in China but also in the Philippines by both Chinese Filipinos and ordinary Filipinos as well.

The President added that the joint celebration is a manifestation of “our solidarity with our Chinese Filipino brethren who have been part of our lives in many respects as a country and as a people. "

“January 23, 2012 may be declared as a special (non-working) day without detriment to public interest,” the proclamation stated.

Proclamation No. 295 declared the following regular holiday to be observed nationwide in the year 2012.

New Year’s Day – January 1 (Sunday)

Maundy Thursday – April 5

Good Friday – April 6

Araw ng Kagitingan – April 9 (Monday)

Labor Day – May 1 (Tuesday)

Independence Day – June 12 (Tuesday)

National Heroes Day – August 27 (Last Monday of August)

Bonifacio Day – November 30 (Friday)

Christmas Day – December 25 (Tuesday)

Rizal Day – December 30 (Sunday)

The Proclamation also declared the following special non-working days: Chinese New Year – January 23; Ninoy Aquino Day; All Saints Day on November 1.

Additional special non-working days are November 2 (Friday) and the last day of the year on December 31.

Declared as special holiday for all schools, is February 25 which is the Anniversary of EDSA Revolution. (PIA 8)

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