2008 is merely two weeks old, and most of the fiesta/holiday loving filipinos returned from our vacations with a waistline an inch wider and the weighing scale showing what we've eaten, or should i say, over-indulged ourselves with, here are more reasons to be merry and bright, but please, minus the fat!
Republic Act No. 9492 or the Act Rationalizing the Celebration of National Holidays in the Philippines was signed January 2007, and the result? LONG WEEKENDS!!!!!
and 2008 means looong weekend holidays!
LONG WEEKEND!!!! Tuesday, January 1 New Year's day
LONG WEEKEND!!!! Monday, February 25 Edsa Revolution Anniversary (hmm, GMA loves to piss off the Aquinos these days so maybe, it maybe the first casualty, sigh)
LONG WEEKEND!!!! Monday, April 7 Araw ng Kagitingan (in lieu of April 9)
LONG WEEKEND!!!! Monday, June 16 Independence Day (in lieu of June 12), or maybe the 9th
LONG WEEKEND!!!! Monday, August 25 Ninoy Aquino Day (in lieu of August 21 and concurrent with National Heroes Day)
October ___ - Eid'l Fitr (to be confirmed by the Office the Muslim Affairs)
November 1, All Saints Day. patay! (pun not intended) it falls on a Saturday!
LONG WEEKEND!!!! Monday, December 1 Bonifacio Day (in lieu of November 30)
and drum please, the grandmomma of all long weekends...
a 12-day extravaganza of a long, long, long, long weekend!!!
Wednesday, December 24 - Official Last Minute shopping holiday
Thursday, December 25, Christmas Day (declared by GOD)
Friday, December 26 - uhm, do you really think pinoys will go to work on this day?
Saturday, December 27 - it's a Saturday!
Sunday, December 28 - Sunday is also a rest day!
Monday, December 29 - Rizal Day (in lieu of December 30)
Tuesday, December 30 - see Friday, December 26 for reference
Wednesday, December 31 - Last day of the year holiday (declared by GMA, she is not God btw)
Thursday, January 1, 2009 - still a holiday...
Friday, January 2, 2009 - see Friday, December 26 for reference
Saturday, January 3, 2009 - saturday!
Sunday, January 4, 2009 - sunday!
ONLY IN THE PHILIPPINES!!!!!
Note: The above information was received by yours truly via email, and the Government of the Philippines is yet to release a proclamation for the above, so don't buy that ticket yet or confirm that hotel reservation, otherwise...
and i must also remind myself of my targets for 2008.
but wait, i can still do backpacking! travel tsinelas-style!!! wu-hoo.