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MANILA, PHILIPPINES – In its initial list of Philippine holidays, the Malacañang Palace didn’t include the EDSA Revolution in the list of official holidays. So, is February 25 a holiday in the Philippines for 2024?
Malacañang not including the EDSA People Power Revolution in its official holiday list resulted in an uproar from numerous Filipinos, claiming that it should be acknowledged. The Palace addressed this by stating the date has “minimum socioeconomic impact” since February 25 this year is a Sunday. See the Office of the President’s Proclamation No. 368, which declares regular and special (non-working) holidays for 2024.
The Office of the President moved the celebration of the EDSA revolution to February 24 to align with holiday economics. Even with its postponement of the historic Philippine event, the Malacañang says it still “maintains the respect for the commemoration of the EDSA People Power Revolution.”
Why is it important that the Philippines make February 25 a holiday?
The EDSA revolution is one of the most historic events in the country. This was when countless Filipinos from various backgrounds banded together to oust former dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr., the father of current Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.
Not declaring February 25 a holiday in the Philippines was a controversial move from the administration. Considering its impact on the current political direction of the Philippines, the revolution pioneered Philippine democracy by ousting a dictator who had been in power for over twenty years.
LIST: Special Non-Working Days In 2024
Here is the list of the eight declared special non-working days for 2024 based on the Proclamation:
- February 10 – Chinese New Year
- March 30 – Black Saturday
- August 21 – Ninoy Aquino Day (mandated by Republic Act Number 2956)
- November 1 – All Saints’ Day
- November 2 – All Souls’ Day
- December 8 – Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary (mandated by Republic Act Number 10966)
- December 31 – Last Day of the Year
- December 24 – Christmas Eve
To answer the question, is February 25 a holiday in the Philippines? No, based on Malacañang’s Proclamation. The Office of the President moved this year’s revolution commemoration to February 24. But there are other holidays in February that you can look forward to.
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