By PIA Negros Oriental
December 8 is now declared a national holiday in the Philippines.
President Rodrigo Duterte signed Republic Act 10966 on Dec. 29, 2017 which declares December 8 of every as a “special non-working day in the country to commemorate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, the principal patroness of the Philippines.”
The said republic act was authored by House Majority Leader and Ilocos Norte Rep. Rodolfo Fariñas.
Being a predominantly Catholic nation, the Philippines observes the Feast of the Immaculate Conception as a holy day of obligation wherein Catholics should hear and attend mass.
Here’s a look of R.A. 10966:
Meanwhile, here is the list of holidays for 2018 based on Proclamation No. 269 to help you plan your vacations and other activities next year.
New Year’s Day – 1 January (Monday)
Maundy Thursday – 29 March
Good Friday- 30 March
Araw ng Kagitingan- 9 April (Monday)
Labor Day – 1 May (Tuesday)
Independence Day- 12 June (Tuesday)
National Heroes Day – 27 August (last Monday of August)
Bonifacio Day – 30 November (Friday)
Christmas Day – 25 December (Tuesday)
Rizal Day- 30 December (Sunday)
Special (Non-working) Holidays
Chinese New Year – 16 February (Friday)
EDSA People Power
Revolution Anniversary – 25 February (Sunday)
Black Saturday – 31 March
Ninoy Aquino Day – 21 August (Tuesday)
All Saints Day – 1 November (Thursday)
Last Day of the Year – 31 December (Monday)
(non-working )days – 2 November (Friday)
24 December (Monday)