Will President Noynoy Aquino declare November 29, 2010 as a holiday in the Philippines? Or will he choose to declare November 30, 2010 as holiday because it is the actual date of Bonifacio Day?
Update! November 29, 2010 remains a holiday!
On November 11, the official Twitter account of the Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines (@govph) has just tweeted regarding this issue:
November 29 remains a holiday in celebration of Bonifacio Day.
@govph further tweets that:
Nov 29 was declared a holiday in lieu of Nov 30 as stated in Proclamation No. 1841, July 21, 2009 http://bit.ly/9TRfti--------------------------
Looking at the past decisions of PNoy in declaring holidays, we can see two different things.
President Noynoy's Holiday Decisions
First, President Aquino declared August 21, 2010 (Saturday) as the observance of Ninoy Aquino Day. He veered away from Proclamation 1841 signed by former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on July 29, 2009 which declared that Ninoy Aquino Day should have been observed on August 23, 2010 (Monday). His reasons are to promote productivity while preserving the solemnity of the observance.
On the other hand, he didn't seem to notice that the actual date of National Heroes Day when it was declared on October 28, 1931, is the last Sunday of August of every year. It was only after former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo signed Proclamation 1841 that it was moved to the last Monday of August of every year.
He officially declared August 30, 2010 (Monday) as the celebration of the National Heroes Day where in fact it should be rightfully celebrated on August 29, 2010 (Sunday).
Is November 29, 2010 Holiday in the Philippines?
This double standard in declaring holidays makes Filipinos wonder if President Aquino will declare November 29, 2010 a holiday as the celebration of Bonifacio Day or will he choose the rightful date which is November 30, 2010.
While other historical figures are commemorated in public municipal or provincial holidays, only Jose Rizal, Andres Bonifacio and Ninoy Aquino are commemorated in public nationwide (national) holidays and thus are implied to be national heroes. Will declaring November 30, 2010 as holiday be President Aquino way of "preserving the solemnity of the observance" as he has done with his father's death day?
Or will he overlook the fact like he did with the National Heroes Day?
Bonifacio Day - November 30
On November 30, 1863, Bonifacio was born to Santiago Bonifacio and Catalina de Castro. His given name, Andrés, comes from Saint Andrew, whose feast day falls on this day.
On February 16, 1921, the 5th Philippine Legislature under the sovereign control of the United States enacted Act No. 2946, which made November 30 of each year a legal holiday to commemorate the birth of Andres Bonifacio, henceforth called Bonifacio Day.
Bonifacio Day is also odd, because heroes—like saints—are often remembered more for their death than their birth. Philippine national hero Jose Rizal's birthday, June 19, is a holiday in Laguna province, and the date of his execution, December 30, is a national holiday known as Rizal Day.
Bonifacio is remembered on his birthday, rather than the date of his death, May 10, 1897, for historical reasons. Unlike Rizal who was executed by the enemy, and other heroes who died in battle, Bonifacio was executed by fellow Filipinos. This was done on the orders of the first President, Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo, since he was considered an enemy of the state, after the occurrences at the Tejeros convention.
November 29, 2010 remains a holiday
On November 11, the Malacañang Palace, through its Twitter account, has announced that November 29, 2010 will remain a holiday as provided in the Proclamation No. 1841 signed July 21, 2009 by former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. This is in celebration of the Bonifacio Day.
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