February 22 declared special holiday in all schools
Manila (16 February) -- It will be a special holiday in all schools on Monday, February 22, as the country commemorates the 24th anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution.
Pursuant to Republic Act No. 9492, all holidays except those which are religious in nature, are moved to the nearest Monday unless otherwise modified by law, order or proclamation.
In July last year, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo signed Proclamation No. 1841 declaring the regular holidays, special (non-working) days, and special holidays (for all schools) for the year 2010.
Under the proclamation, February 22, or the Monday nearest February 25, is a special holiday to serve as an "inspiration to all Filipinos everywhere as we continue to chart our collective course as a nation and as a people."
The country yearly celebrates the February 25, 1986 People Power Revolution which restored basic liberties such as free speech, freedom of assembly, and a free press after 14 years of Martial rule.
France, Monaco consuls call on PGMA, begin 5-day RP familiarization tour
Honorary Consuls from France and Monaco called on President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in Malacaņang, Monday, February 15, 2010.
Honorary Consuls Jean Jacques Rinck and Guy Alain Lafont de Sentenac of France and Patricia Zobel de Ayala of Monaco are on a five-day tour of the Philippines to gather knowledge that will help them promote the country as a trade and tourist destination in their places of origin.
Joining the President in welcoming the visitors were Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo and Minister and Consul General of the Philippines in Paris Rosalita Prospero.
The familiarization tour is an initiative of the Honorary Consuls themselves and the Philippine Embassy in Paris.
According to Ambassador Prospero, the two will represent the Philippines in Monaco, Lyon and Toulossa, and the tour will help them do their job.
Honorary Consuls are men and women of consequence who complement the efforts of the country's foreign service. (PIA) [top]