By Argyll Cyrus Geducos
Malacañang released Friday six proclamations declaring special non-working holidays in certain areas of the country this month.
In the proclamations signed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, the holidays were declared in order to give the people in the specified areas time to celebrate the occasions deemed important to them this year.
Proclamation No. 661 declares February 11, Monday, a special non-working holiday in Talisay, Negros Occidental to allow the people to celebrate the city’s 21st Charter Anniversary.
February 11 is also declared a special non-working holiday in Laoag, Ilocos Norte because of the Pamulinawen Festival. In Proclamation No. 662, it was noted that the Office of the Mayor requested that the festival be celebrated on the said day instead of February 10 which falls on a Sunday.
The people of Iriga, Camarines Sur will also have a special non-working holiday on Monday for them to celebrate the Tinagba Festival, an ancient Bicolano First-Harvest Offering.
Proclamation No. 664 declared a special non-working holiday on February 12, Tuesday, in Kidapawan, Cotabato for the celebration of its 21st Founding Anniversary.
February 13, Wednesday, is declared a special non-working holiday in Parañaque City in celebration of its cityhood.
Meanwhile, Proclamation No. 666 declared a special non-working holiday in Taytay, Rizal for the celebration the Araw ng Pasasalamat: Hamaka Festival. (Argyll Cyrus B. Geducos)