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Philippine holidays for 2013: Proclamation 459

RP holidays 2013

2013 Calendar Holidays Philippines

President Benigno Aquino III has issued Proclamation 459 which lists all national holidays for the year 2013. The proclamation was signed last August 16, 2012. Filipinos will enjoy at least 15 holidays for 2013, regular holidays and special non-working days combined. They are the following:

Regular Holidays

January 1, 2013 – New Year’s Day (Tues)

March 28, 2013 – Maundy Thursday

March 29, 2013 – Good Friday

April 9, 2013 – Araw ng Kagitingan (Fall of Bataan) (Tues)

May 1, 2013 – Labor Day (Wed)

June 12, 2013 – Araw ng Kalayaan (Independence Day) (Wed)

August 26, 2013 – National Heroes Day (Mon)

November 30, 2013 – Bonifacio Day (Sat)

December 25, 2013 – Christmas Day (Wed)

December 30, 2013 – Rizal Day (Mon)

Special non-working days

February 25, 2013 – EDSA People Power Anniversary (for schools only) (Mon)

March 30, 2013 – Black Saturday

August 21, 2013 – Ninoy Aquino Day(Wed)

November 1, 2013 – All Saints’ Day (Fri)

Additional non-working days

November 2, 2013 – All Soul’s Day (Sat)

December 24, 2013 – Christmas Eve (Tue)

December 31, 2013 – New Year’s Eve (Tue)

Two additional holidays will be declared in the second half of the year in connection with the observance of Eid’l Fitr and Eidul Adha. The dates for the said Islamic feasts, which are both national holidays, will be determined by the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos based on the Islamic calendar (Hijra) or the lunar calendar, or upon Islamic astronomical calculations.

The anniversary of the 1986 EDSA People Power, which is commemorated every February 25, is a holiday for all schools only. Interestingly, the Chinese New Year is no longer listed as a special non-working holiday.


Posted by on January 2, 2013 in Events, News, Issues & Politics


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2013 RP Holidays declared by Malacanang

President Noynoy Aquino issues Proclamation No. 459, s. 2012 declaring the following 2013 Regular and Special Non-working Holidays &
Special Holidays (for schools only).

A. Regular Holidays
New Year’s Day
Maundy Thursday
Good Friday
Araw ng Kagitingan
January 1 (Tuesday)
March 28
March 29
April 9 (Tuesday)
Labor Day
Independence Day
National Heroes Day
Bonifacio Day
Christmas Day
Rizal Day
May 1 (Wednesday)
June 12 (Wednesday)
August 26 (Last Monday of August)
November 30 (Saturday)
December 25 (Wednesday)
December 30 (Monday)
B. Special (Non-Working) Days
Black Saturday
Ninoy Aquino Day
All Saints Day
Additional special (non-working) days

Last Day of the Year
March 30
August 21 (Wednesday)
November 1 (Friday)
November 2 (Saturday)
December 24 (Tuesday)
December 31 (Tuesday)
C. Special Holiday (for all schools)
EDSA Revolution Anniversary February 25 (Monday)

Full Proclamation text here

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Posted by on November 28, 2012 in Education, Events, News, Issues & Politics


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Philippine Holidays in 2012 Declared – Malacañang

President Benigno S. Aquino III on November 24th has signed Proclamation 295 declaring 10 regular holidays, five special non-working holidays and a special holiday (all schools) for 2012.

The official list of 2012 Philippine Holidays was released on Wednesday, December 1, 2011.

More here

November 2, All Soul’s Day, was also declared as an additional special non-working day.

The following regular holidays and special days for the year 2012 shall be observed in the country:

A. Regular Holidays

  • New Year’s Day – January 1 (Sunday)
  • Maundy Thursday – April 5
  • Good Friday – April 6
  • Araw ng Kagitingan – April 9 (Monday)
  • Labor Day – May 1 (Tuesday)
  • Independence Day – June 12 (Tuesday)
  • National Heroes Day – August 27 (Last Monday of August)
  • Bonifacio Day – November 30 (Friday)
  • Christmas Day – December 25 (Tuesday)
  • Rizal Day – December 30 (Sunday)

B. Special (Non-Working) Days

  • Chinese New Year – January 23 (Monday)
  • Ninoy Aquino Day – August 21 (Tuesday)
  • All Saints Day – November 1 (Thursday)
  • Additional special (non-working) day – November 2 (Friday)
  • Last Day of the Year – December 31 (Monday)

C. Special Holiday (for all schools)

  • EDSA Revolution Anniversary – February 25 (Saturday)


WHEREAS, on January 23, 2012, the Chinese nationals all over the world will celebrate Spring Festival, popularly known as the Chinese New Year, which is one of the most revered and festive events celebrated not only in China but also in the Philippines by both Chinese Filipinos and ordinary Filipinos as well; and the joint celebration is a manifestation of our solidarity with our Chinese Filipino brethren who have been part of our lives in many respects as a country and as a people; 23 January 2012 may be declared as a special (non-working) day without detriment to public interest.

WHEREAS, Friday, 2 November 2012, falling between Thursday, 1 November 2012 (All Saints Day) and Saturday, has been traditionally declared a special (non-working) day throughout the country.

WHEREAS, to give full opportunity to our people to properly observe All Saints Day with all its religious fervor which invariably requires them to travel to and from different regions in the country, Friday, 2 November 2012, may be declared as a special (non-working) day without detriment to public interest.

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Posted by on December 12, 2011 in Events, News, Issues & Politics


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US Embassy clarifies Ambassador’s remark

The recent remark attributed to United States Ambassador Harry Thomas that 40 percent of male tourists come to the Philippines for sex was based on estimates made by US officials working with the Philippine authorities to close clubs in the country that cater to pedophiles, the US Embassy in Manila clarified on Thursday.

“The Ambassador’s statements at the (Roundtable Discussion on Combating Human Trafficking in the Philippines for Justices of the Appellate Court) last week reflect US government estimates based on the work of US officials working with the Philippine authorities to close clubs that cater to pedophiles,” said US embassy information officer Tina Malone in a text message to Manila Bulletin.

Malone issued the clarification after several lawmakers challenged the veracity of Thomas’ statement.

The senators said the ambassador should apologize or go home if he cannot substantiate his claim.

During the said round-table discussion held last Sept. 22, the US envoy was quoted by reporters as saying that “40 percent of foreign men who come to the Philippines, including from the US, come for sexual tourism.”


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Posted by on September 29, 2011 in News, Issues & Politics, People


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Free Mobile Internet Browsing from Smart and Globe

 N.B: We take no responsibility for program damage, charges or the like that may occur from use of this suggestions from Smart and Globe. This is only for Smart and Globe users in the Philippines.

Free Mobile Internet Browsing

Smart Users:

1. Open Opera Mini mod v2.06 then go to Menu>Tools>Settings>Network
2. Put a check on the box that is labeled “Shadow connect”
3. Enter “” on the textbox labeled “The address to connect”
4. Put a check on the box labeled “Check time-out for connections”
5. Enter “120″ on the textbox labeled “Time[s]”
6. Leave the checkbox labeled “Additional” unchecked
7. Leave the textboxes labeled “Server”, “Port”, “Username” and “Password” blank
8. Enter “″ on the Opera Mini server textbox
9. Uncheck the box labeled “Reset of a server at an error”

Globe Users:

1. Open Opera Mini then go to Menu>Tools>Settings>Network
2. Put a check on the box that is labeled “Shadow connect”
3. Enter “” on the textbox labeled “The address to connect”
4. Put a check on the box labeled “Check time-out for connections”
5. Enter “120″ on the textbox labeled “Time[s]”
6. Leave the checkbox labeled “Additional” unchecked
7. Leave the textboxes labeled “Server”, “Port”, “Username” and “Password” blank
8. Enter “″ on the Opera Mini server textbox
9. Uncheck the box labeled “Reset of a server at an error”
10. Leave the other settings without changing it then save the changes

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Watsons, UNILAB help consumers fight infection

Prevent Superbugs

Many people from around the world experience ill health and even risk their lives because of improper antibiotic use. One of the more deadly effects of improper antibiotic use is the emergence of deadly “superbugs” — types of bacteria that are antibiotic-resistant, meaning they are not killed by even the most powerful antibiotics. A superbug infection has no cure and is potentially fatal.

To help protect consumers against the dangers of improper antibiotic use and superbugs, pharmaceutical manufacturer Unilab and drugstore chain Watsons Pharmacy are providing affordable antibiotics of guaranteed quality, educational materials and expert advice.

Lessons on improper antibiotic use

Two factors that contribute to improper antibiotic use in the Philippines are: the high cost of antibiotics, especially those produced by multinational corporations; and the mistaken understanding of many patients about the role of antibiotics in treating illness. These two factors lead to certain practices that not only risk patients’ health but also contribute to the emergence of superbugs:


There are patients who buy antibiotics even without a doctor’s prescription — and unfortunately, there are also drugstores that sell these antibiotics without requiring such a prescription. Instead of consulting a doctor, these patients rely on advice from relatives, friends or neighbors on what antibiotics to buy for their illness. Or they reuse old prescriptions. Some patients self-medicate because they can’t afford to pay for a doctor’s consultation — but at the core of these patients’ habit of self-medication is this: they mistakenly use antibiotics as a way to alleviate symptoms like body pain, fever, headache, coughs and colds.

Such symptoms are generally caused by a viral infection which cannot be treated with antibiotics. Usually, a viral infection is treated by taking enough rest, drinking lots of fluids, vitamins and supplements, lozenges and other remedies meant to ease symptoms. These remedies, rest and the body’s immune system can usually fight off and cure a viral infection.

Unfortunately, some patients do not understand the difference between a viral and a bacterial infection, so they expect to purchase antibiotics just like other over-the-counter medicine to ease symptoms — they never bother to consult a doctor and get a prescription. Antibiotics should only be bought when the illness shows symptoms of a bacterial infection. Only a doctor can determine the presence of a bacterial infection and prescribe antibiotics for it.

Scrimping and taking shortcuts on dosage

 Economic factors pressure some patients to scrimp on their antibiotic dosage. They don’t buy the entire amount of antibiotics to save on money. Some can only afford to buy a day’s dose. Others stop buying the antibiotics the moment they feel better — again, because they think the purpose of antibiotics is simply to relieve symptoms. Once the symptoms stop, they think they’re already cured. They do not realize that the purpose of the antibiotic is to stop the bacterial infection — which requires taking a full dosage of the antibiotic.

Compliance campaign

Watsons Pharmacy has been proclaimed Asia’s number one drugstore in 2010 by the Media/TNS Asia’s top brands survey. It contributes to the campaign with a two-fold effort. First, it employs a team of well-trained pharmacists who help patients with the do’s and don’ts of complying with their prescribed antibiotics. These pharmacists also suggest other medicine to help alleviate a patient’s symptoms properly. Second, Watsons is selling antibiotics in convenient compliance packs.

Compliance packs

The antibiotic compliance packs are available exclusively at Watsons Pharmacy. They include pre-packaged oral antibiotics for the most common infections for which patients receive treatment, including community-acquired upper or lower respiratory tract infections, skin and soft tissue infections, and urinary tract infections. These antibiotics are pre-packaged in amounts most commonly prescribed by doctors.

Unilab supplies the antibiotics in the compliance packs, which are sold at 40 to 60 percent lower in price compared to the same antibiotics sold by multinational brands. Unilab guarantees the quality and effectiveness of the antibiotics sold in these compliance packs. These compliance packs help consumers complete the full antibiotics dose and prevent antibiotic resistance. They also contain easy-to-understand educational materials that teach consumers about infections and the role of antibiotics in treating infections.

August 18, 2011 12:00 AM


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Public smoking ban stays – MMDA

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) warned Thursday that its campaign to arrest and fine smokers in public places continues while a legal technicality remains unresolved in the local court that issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) on the MMDA campaign. 

MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said the public smoking ban in Metro Manila will remain in full force and effect until the petitioners post the P100,000 bond required by the local court that issued the TRO. “We have coordinated with the local court and we have learned that the petitioners have not yet put up the P100,000 bond, it is one of the conditions in the temporary restraining order (TRO). Thus, the TRO is not yet effective,” said Tolentino.

Tolentino warned smokers that the agency will continue to implement the ban in other public areas such as bus terminals – areas not covered by Republic Act 9211 or the Tobacco Regulation Act of 2009. As of Thursday, Tolentino reported that they have a total of 6,200 apprehensions since the ban started. Tolentino said the agency’s legal department is still drafting the motion for reconsideration (MR) to be filed before the Mandaluyong City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 213 that issued the TRO against the MMDA.

Tolentino said he was dismayed upon hearing reports that one of the petitioners in court that he was backed by a big tobacco company when he filed the complaint against the agency, citing that could be “abuse of the judicial process.”

In a six-page order dated Aug. 15, 2011, Judge Carlos Valenzuela granted the petition for the issuance of the TRO filed by security guards Anthony Clemente and Vrianne Lamsen. The Mandaluyong Regional Trial Court earlier issued a 20-day TRO on the MMDA public smoking ban. But in response to television reports, the petitioner who questioned the MMDA’s authority in implementing the smoking ban clarified that he is not working for a tobacco company and he was not paid to file the complaint. According to the affidavit of Clemente, courtesy of his lawyer, Atty. Luis de la Paz, the interview was used out of context and far from the truth.

He said he never became an employee of a tobacco company and he denied that a lawyer from a tobacco company asked him to get caught by MMDA environmental enforcers. Mandaluyong City RTC Branch 213 Judge Carlos Valenzuela issued a 20-day TRO against the MMDA’s anti-smoking drive “on sidewalks and public thoroughfares” on Tuesday morning. (With reports from Carlo Suerte Felipe and Ellson A. Quismorio)


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Posted by on August 18, 2011 in News, Issues & Politics


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