Except for the Provinces of Laguna and Surigao del Sur, June 19, 2012 is not a holiday in the Philippines.
In Laguna, June 19, 2012 is declared as a special non-working holiday by virtue of Proclamation No. 399. It also commemorates the birth of Philippine National Hero Dr. Jose Rizal, who was born in Laguna. The Calambanga Festival or Calamba City Day also coincides on June 19.
For Surigao del Sur, it is declared under Republic Act No. 7671 that every June 19 of the year will be a special non-working holiday as a celebration of Surigao del Sur Day.
June 19, 2012 is not holiday in the Philippines
Elsewhere in the Philippines, June 19, 2012 will be a regular working day.
It will be remembered that last year, June 20, 2011 is declared as a special non-working holiday throughout the country to commemorate the 150th birthday of Dr. Jose Rizal on June 19, 2011, which is a Sunday. President Benigno Noynoy Aquino made the declaration after a request from the National Historical Commission of the Philippines.
Dr. Jose Rizal was born on June 19, 1861 to a rich family in Calamba, Laguna.
The National Historical Commission of the Philippines requested the holiday because they deemed the 150th birthday as a special milestone and should be celebrated appropriately.
No Proclamation Declaring June 19, 2012 as Holiday
This year, June 19, 2012 is the 151st birthday of Dr. Jose Rizal and it is not a special milestone. The National Historical Commission of the Philippines did not request for a holiday this year and the President released no proclamation declaring June 19, 2012 as holiday.
As mentioned above, June 19, 2012 is a special non-working holiday in Laguna and Surigao del Sur. Also it is a special working holiday in Puerto Princesa and the Province of Palawan as a celebration of the Feast of Forest or Pista Y ang Kagueban by virtue of Republic Act No. 9001.
June 19, 2012 holiday declaration is also not included in the official list of holidays in the Philippines for 2012.
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