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Long holiday awaits at end of 2008

Tacloban City (November 11) -- An eight-day holiday awaits Filipinos at the end of 2008.

Already banks have posted a "notice" with a similar message: The last banking day for the year 2008 is on December 24. Banks will resume banking services the following year on January 2, 2009.

Proclamation No. 1463 signed by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on February 18, 2008 "declaring the regular holidays and special non-working days for the year 2008.

In the said Proclamation, President Arroyo declared December 26, 2008 which is a Friday; December 29, 2008 which is a Monday, and December 31 which a Wednesday as additional special non-working days throughout the country, "in order to enable our countrymen to have a more meaningful observance of Christmas and New Year; and to strengthen their ties with one another."

It would be recalled that December 25 which is Christmas Day, December 30 which is Rizal Day and January 1 which is New Year's Day are regular holidays.

Thus, Filipinos will enjoy an eight-day holiday starting on December 25 which is a Thursday; and on to December 26, a Friday as special holiday; December 27 which is a Saturday; December 28 which is a Sunday; December 29, Monday, which is a special holiday; December 30, Tuesday, which is a regular holiday; December 31, Wednesday, the last day of the year, another special holiday; and January 1, 2009, Thursday, a regular holiday.

Families can now start planning for their activities for the long holiday. For families who are seldom together because of school or work, this long holiday can give them the much-needed time to bond together.

For businessmen, the long holiday means that they will not be able to avail of the over the counter services of the banks. Because of the long holiday, the businessmen especially those in the energy (fuel) sector should plan very well so that they will not run out of stocks during the holidays.

Perhaps, the long holiday will give Filipinos the right atmosphere, state of mind and mood to look forward with eager enthusiasm and brighter outlook for the year 2009. (PIA 8) [top]

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