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PGMA approves law declaring January 22 non-working holiday in Vigan City

By Freddie G. Lazaro

VIGAN CITY (24 April) -- President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo had signed into law the RA 9411 declaring January 22 as special non- working holiday in the city of Vigan to commemorates its cityhood anniversary.

The act was originated in the house bill authored by Congressman Salacnib Baterina (1st district - Ilocos Sur) and was finally passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate on November 14, 2005 and January 22, 2007, respectively.

Vigan City Mayor Ferdinand C. Medina was very glad on the approval of the bill saying that this was favorable for the people of Vigan to prepare more interesting activities that would amuse the visiting tourists and visitors.

In the previous annual feasts, the residents and officials of the city of Vigan usually prefer different activities on the 25th of January, the feast of St. Paul - the patron saint of Vigan City.

"With this law, we foreseen more smooth and more organize activities in our annual feast of Vigan, in which we could now prepare more specific activities for both the feast of St. Paul and the cityhood celebration of Vigan," Medina said.

The celebration of the city's annual feast of St. Paul and city hood anniversary were often watch by thousands tourists and visitors.

Other crowd drawer feast in the city of Vigan is the celebration of the annual "Tres De Mayo" or the feast of Black Nazarene held every May 3. (PIA Ilocos Sur) [top]

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