PIA Press Release
Friday, January 13, 2012
US Embassy closed on January 16MANILA, Jan 13 (PIA) -- The Embassy of the United States in Manila and its affiliated offices will be closed to the public on Monday, January 16, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, an American holiday.
The Embassy will resume its services on Tuesday, January 17.
The Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968), who is remembered in the United States on the third Monday of January each year, is perhaps best known as America’s chief spokesman for nonviolent activism as a result of his leadership role in the U.S. civil rights movement.
In 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed legislation into law making King’s birthday a federal holiday. In 1994, the U.S. Congress designated the King holiday as a national day of service, calling on Americans from every walk of life to volunteer their time and effort on that day to help realize King’s vision of a “beloved community.” (RJB/AKG-PIA-NCR/US Embassy)