More long weekends up in 2012

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Saturday, December 3, 2011


SEVERAL extended weekends are expected in 2012, as Malacañang approved a list of regular holidays and special (non-working) holidays for next year.

The list was released by Malacañang as Proclamation 295, signed by President Benigno Aquino III last Nov. 24.

The first long weekend in 2012 is on Jan. 21 to 23, due to the Chinese New Year, a special non-working holiday, which is on Jan. 23, a Friday.

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The next would be on April 5 to 9, beginning with Maundy Thursday and ending with Araw ng Kagitingan on April 9, a Monday.

Aug. 25 to 27 will be another long weekend with the celebration of National Heroes’ Day on Aug. 27, a Friday.

With the celebration of Bonifacio Day being a regular holiday, Nov. 30, a Friday, signals the start of another long weekend.

The last long weekend for 2012 will be in the last week of December, from the 29th to the 31st.

There will be six long weekends and four holidays that fall on a Tuesday in 2012.

Holidays such as May 1 (Labor Day), June 12 (Independence Day), Aug. 21 (Ninoy Aquino Day) and Dec. 25 (Christmas) all fall on a Tuesday.

The Eid'l Fitr is expected to fall on Aug. 19 (Sunday) while Eidul Adha will fall on or around Oct. 26 (Friday).

Proclamation 295 states that Eid'l Fitr and Eidul Adha will be declared holidays by Malacañang once the approximate dates of the Islamic holidays have been determined in accordance with the Islamic calendar or the lunar calendar.

Republic Act 9492, the law that rationalizes national holidays, provides that holidays, except those which are religious in nature, be moved to the nearest Monday, unless otherwise modified by law, order or proclamation.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 03, 2011.

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