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Happy Chinese New Year!


Gong Xi Fa Cai!!!

I am wishing you all my friends and readers to have a Prosperous New Year. I know some of you have seen or watched a Dragon Dance or a Lion Dance today but for me I want to welcome the year of the Fire Monkey with a post here at menardconnect.com.

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For a short background story on Chinese Zodiac animals I am quoting a very popular site.

An ancient folk story tells that Cat and Rat were the worst swimmers in the animal kingdom. Although they were poor swimmers, they were both quite intelligent. To get to the meeting called by the Jade Emperor, they had to cross a river to reach the meeting place. The Jade Emperor had also decreed that the years on the calendar would be named for each animal in the order they arrived to the meeting. Cat and Rat decided that the best and fastest way to cross the river was to hop on the back of Ox. Ox, being naïve and good-natured, agreed to carry them both across. Midway across the river, Rat pushed Cat into the water. Then as Ox neared the other side of the river, Rat jumped ahead and reached the shore first. So he claimed first place in the competition and the zodiac.

Following closely behind was strong Ox who was named the 2nd animal in the zodiac. After Ox, came Tiger, panting, while explaining to the Jade Emperor how difficult it was to cross the river with the heavy currents pushing it downstream all the time. But with its powerful strength, Tiger made to shore and was named the 3rd animal in the cycle.

Suddenly, from a distance came a thumping sound, and the Rabbit arrived. It explained how it crossed the river: by jumping from one stone to another in a nimble fashion. Halfway through, it almost lost the race, but the Rabbit was lucky enough to grab hold of a floating log that later washed him to shore. For that, it became the 4th animal in the Zodiac cycle. In 5th place was the Flying Dragon. Of course, the Jade Emperor was deeply curious as to why a swift flying creature such as the Dragon should fail to reach first place. The mighty Dragon explained that he had to stop and make rain to help all the people and creatures of the earth, and therefore he was held back. Then, on his way to the finish, he saw a little helpless Rabbit clinging onto a log so he did a good deed and gave a puff of breath to the poor creature so that it could land on the shore. The Jade Emperor was very pleased with the actions of the Dragon, and he was added into the zodiac cycle. As soon as he had done so, a galloping sound was heard, and the Horse appeared. Hidden on the Horse’s hoof was the Snake, whose sudden appearance gave the Horse a fright, thus making it fall back and giving the Snake the 6th spot, while the Horse placed 7th.

Not long after that, a little distance away, the Goat, Monkey, and Rooster came to the shore. These three creatures helped each other to get to where they are. The Rooster spotted a raft, and took the other two animals with it. Together, the Goat and the Monkey cleared the weeds, tugged and pulled and finally got the raft to the shore. Because of their combined efforts, the Emperor was very pleased and promptly named the Goat as the 8th creature, the Monkey as the 9th, and the Rooster the 10th.

The 11th animal was the Dog. Although he was supposed to be the best swimmer, he could not resist the temptation to play a little longer in the river. Though his explanation for being late was because he needed a good bath after a long spell. For that, he almost didn’t make it to the finish line. Just as the Jade Emperor was about to call it a day, an oink and squeal was heard from a little Pig. The Pig got hungry during the race, promptly stopped for a feast and then fell asleep. After the nap, the Pig continued the race and was named the 12th animal of the zodiac cycle. The cat drowned in 13th place and did not make it in the zodiac. It is said that is the reason why cats always chase Rats; to get back at them for what they have done.

Source:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_zodiac#The_Great_Race

Again I wish you all Good Health, Happiness and Prosperity this Year of the Fire Monkey.

Xin Nian Kuai Le!

Happy Lunar New Year everyone!

List of Official Holidays in the Philippines 2016

Malacañang announced the list of Philippines Holiday 2016 last week. And as a public service to my readers who are searching for 2016 Philippine Holidays, I am posting the list here at menardconnect.com.

As per Proclamation No. 1105, s. 2015, here is the Official Holidays in the Philippines in 2016

January 1, 2016, Friday – New Year’s Day (Regular holiday)
January 2, 2016, Saturday – Additional special non-working day

February 8, 2016, Monday – Chinese New Year (Special non-working day)
February 25, 2016 – EDSA People Power Revolution (Special non-working day by virtue of Proclamation No. 1071, s. 2015)

March 24, 2016 – Maundy Thursday (Regular holiday)
March 25, 2016 – Good Friday (Regular holiday)
March 26, 2016 – Black Saturday (Special non-working day)

April 9, 2016, Saturday – Araw ng Kagitingan (Regular holiday)

May 1, 2016, Sunday – Labor Day (Regular holiday)

June 12, 2016, Sunday – Independence Day (Regular holiday)

August 21, 2016, Sunday – Ninoy Aquino Day (Special non-working day)
August 29, 2016, Monday – National Heroes Day (Regular holiday)

October 31, 2016, Monday – Additional special non-working day

November 1, 2016, Tuesday – All Saints Day (Special non-working day)
November 30, 2016, Wednesday – Bonifacio Day (Regular holiday)

December 24, 2016, Saturday – Additional special non-working day
December 25, 2016, Sunday – Christmas Day (Regular holiday)
December 30, 2016, Friday – Rizal Day (Regular holiday)
December 31, 2016, Saturday – Additional special non-working day

Other holiday proclamations will be issued by Malacanang Palace (e.g observance of Eid’l Fitr and Eidul Adha) soon and I will update them here at menardconnect.com too.

Source:

http://www.gov.ph/2015/08/26/nationwide-holidays-2016/
http://www.gov.ph/2015/08/20/proclamation-no-1105-s-2015/

July 17, 2015, Friday is a Holiday in the Philippines

Its official! July 17, 2015, Friday, is a holiday in the Philippines for the EID’L FITR (Feast of Ramadhan). Malacanang announced this today and posted it in the official gov.ph website.

Quoting the website:

 
Proclamation No. 1070, s. 2015
Signed on July 6, 2015
MALACAÑAN PALACE
MANILA

PROCLAMATION NO. 1070

DECLARING FRIDAY, 17 JULY 2015, AS A REGULAR HOLIDAY THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY IN OBSERVANCE OF EID’L FITR (FEAST OF RAMADHAN)

WHEREAS, Republic Act No. 9177 declared Eid’l Fitr (Feast of Ramadhan) as a regular holiday throughout the country;

WHEREAS, Eid’l Fitr is celebrated by the Muslim world for three (3) days after the end of the month of fasting;

WHEREAS, the entire Filipino nation should have the full opportunity to join their Muslim brothers and sisters in peace and harmony in the observance and celebration of Eid’l Fitr, and

WHEREAS, in order to bring the religious and cultural significance of the Eid’l Fitr to the fore of national consciousness, it is necessary to declare Friday, 17 July 2015, as a regular holiday throughout the country.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BENIGNO S. AQUINO III, President of the Philippines, by virtue of the powers vested in me by law, do hereby declare Friday, 17 July 2015, as a regular holiday throughout the country in observance of Eid’l Fitr (Feast of Ramadhan).

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the Republic of the Philippines to be affixed.

Done in the City of Manila, this 6th day of July, in the year of Our Lord, Two Thousand and Fifteen.

(Sgd.) BENIGNO S. AQUINO III

By authority of the President:

(Sgd.) PAQUITO N. OCHOA, JR.
Executive Secretary

Hooray for another long weekend holiday for PH!
For more details please visit

http://www.gov.ph/2015/07/06/proclamation-no-1070-s-2015/

List of Official Holidays in the Philippines 2015

Malacañang announced the official list of Philippines Holiday 2015 last year (around July 2014). And to help you out my readers who are searching for 2015 Philippines Holidays, I am posting this here at menardconnect.com.

Here are the Official Holidays in the Philippines for 2015, as per Proclamation No. 831, s. 2014

January
January 1, 2015, Thursday – New Year’s Day (Regular holiday)
January 2, 2015, Friday – Additional special non-working day (Special non-working day)

February
February 19, 2015, Thursday – Chinese New Year (Special non-working day)
February 25, 2015, Wednesday – EDSA Revolution anniversary (Special holiday for Schools)

April
April 2, 2015, Thursday – Maundy Thursday (Regular holiday)
April 3, 2015, Friday – Good Friday (Regular holiday)
April 4, 2015, Saturday – Black Saturday (Special non-working day)
April 9, 2015, Thursday – Araw ng Kagitingan (Regular holiday)

May
May 1, 2015, Friday – Labor Day (Regular holiday)

June
June 12, 2015, Friday – Independence Day (Regular holiday)

August
August 21, 2015, Friday – Ninoy Aquino Day (Special non-working day)
August 31, 2015, last Monday of August – National Heroes Day (Regular holiday)

November
November 1, 2015, Sunday – All Saints Day (Special non-working day)
November 30, 2015, Monday – Bonifacio Day (Regular holiday)

December
December 24, 2015, Thursday – Additional special non-working day (Special non-working day)
December 25, 2015, Friday – Christmas Day (Regular holiday)
December 30, 2015, Wednesday – Rizal Day (Regular holiday)
December 31, 2015, Thursday – Last day of the year (Special non-working day)

Other proclamations will be issued by Malacanang Palace for the observance of Eid’l Fitr and Eidul Adha when dates of these holidays are finalized.

Source:
http://www.gov.ph/2014/07/23/infographic-list-of-2015-nationwide-holidays/


Image Credits: www.gov.ph

List of Official Holidays in the Philippines 2014

Malacanang announced the official list of Philippines Holiday 2014 last year. And to help out my readers who are searching for 2014 Philippines Holidays, I am posting this update

Here are the Official Holidays in the Philippines for 2014 (As per Proclamation No. 655, s. 2013):

January 1, 2014, Wednesday – New Year’s Day (Regular Holiday)
January 31, 2014, Friday – Chinese New Year (Special Non-working day)
April 9, 2014, Wednesday – Araw ng Kagitingan (Regular Holiday)
April 17, 2014Maundy Thursday (Regular Holiday)
April 18, 2014Good Friday (Regular Holiday)
April 19, 2014Black Saturday (Special Non-working day)
May 1, 2014, Thursday – Labor Day (Regular Holiday)
June 12, 2014, Thursday – Independence Day (Regular Holiday)
August 21, 2014, Thursday – Ninoy Aquino Day (Special Non-working day)
August 25, 2014, Monday – National Heroes Day (Regular Holiday)
November 1, 2014, Saturday – All Saints Day (Special Non-working day)
November 30, 2014, Sunday – Bonifacio Day (Regular Holiday)
December 24, 2014, Wednesday – Additional special Non-working day (Special Non-working day)
December 25, 2014, Thursday – Christmas Day (Regular Holiday)
December 26, 2014, Friday – Additional special Non-working day (Special Non-working day)
December 30, 2014, Tuesday – Rizal Day (Regular Holiday)
December 31, 2014, Wednesday – Last day of the year (Special Non-working day)

Additional Official Holiday For SCHOOLS in the Philippines
February 25, 2014, Tuesday – EDSA Revolution Anniversary

As per Official Gazette, other proclamations will be issued by Malacanang Palace for the observance of Eid’l Fitr and Eidul Adha (and other extra holidays too 🙂 ) and this blog post will be updated accordingly.

Hope this Philippines Holidays 2014 List post helped you.

Happy Holidays!!!

I would like to greet my friends and readers: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!

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Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons and Open Clip Art Library

I’m busy with lots of family occasions and other personal stuff so I’m taking a short break from blogging and social media.

Again my holiday greetings to all: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!

Enjoy the holidays! Be safe!

October 26, 2012 is a Holiday in the Philippines


Another Holiday Good News: Malacañang declared October 26, 2012, a Friday, a holiday in the Philippines!!!

So this means TWO long weekend holidays for the Philippines in the coming weeks: October 26 (Friday) is Eidul Adha, Feast of Sacrifice; November 1 (Thursday) is All Saints Day and November 2 (Friday) is an additional special non-working day (see Holidays in the Philippines 2012 list)

Quoting the Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines

Proclamation No. 488, s. 2012
MALACAÑAN PALACE
MANILA

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINES

PROCLAMATION NO. 488

DECLARING FRIDAY, 26 OCTOBER 2012, AS A REGULAR HOLIDAY THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY, IN OBSERVANCE OF EIDUL ADHA (FEAST OF SACRIFICE)

WHEREAS, Republic Act No. 9849 provides that Eidul Adha shall be celebrated as a regular holiday;

WHEREAS, Eidul Adha is one of the two greatest feasts of Islam;

WHEREAS, the date of the festival is based on the declaration made by Saudi Arabia’s highest religious body;

WHEREAS, the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) recommended that the observance of Eidul Adha be on 26 October 2012 and the Eidul Adha prayer be performed on the final declaration of the Saudi Government;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BENIGNO S. AQUINO III, President of the Philippines, by virtue of the powers vested in me by law, do hereby declare Friday, 26 October 2012, as a regular holiday throughout the country, in observance of Eidul Adha (Feast of Sacrifice).

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the Republic of the Philippines to be affixed.

Done in the City of Manila, this 9th day of October, in the year of Our Lord, Two Thousand and Twelve.

(Sgd.) BENIGNO S. AQUINO III

By the President:

(Sgd) PAQUITO N. OCHOA JR.
Executive Secretary

For more details on the Proclamation No. 488, kindly visit Official Gazette post via:

http://www.gov.ph/2012/10/09/proclamation-no-488-s-2012/

To know the list of Philippines Holidays in 2013 kindly visit my Philippines Holidays 2013 post.

List of Official Holidays in the Philippines 2013

Malacanang announced the official list of Philippines Holiday 2013 today. According to the Official Gazette article posted today, President Noynoy Aquino, signed Proclamation No. 459, s. 2012 last August 16, 2012.

Proclamation No. 459, s. 2012 is entitled DECLARING THE REGULAR HOLIDAYS, SPECIAL (NON-WORKING) DAYS, AND SPECIAL HOLIDAY (FOR ALL SCHOOLS) FOR THE YEAR 2013.

The Philippines Holiday 2013 list has 3 parts: the Regular Holidays, the Special Non-Working Days and the Special Holiday for all schools:

Regular Holidays

  • New Year’s DayJanuary 1 (Tuesday)
  • Maundy ThursdayMarch 28
  • Good FridayMarch 29
  • Araw ng KagitinganApril 9 (Tuesday)
  • Labor DayMay 1 (Wednesday)
  • Independence DayJune 12 (Wednesday)
  • National Heroes DayAugust 26 (Last Monday of August)
  • Bonifacio DayNovember 30 (Saturday)
  • Christmas DayDecember 25 (Wednesday)
  • Rizal DayDecember 30 (Monday)

Special (Non-Working) Days

  • Black SaturdayMarch 30
  • Ninoy Aquino DayAugust 21 (Wednesday)
  • All Saints DayNovember 1 (Friday)

Additional special (non-working) days

  • November 2 (Saturday)
  • December 24 (Tuesday)
  • December 31 (Tuesday)

Special Holiday (for all schools)

  • EDSA Revolution AnniversaryFebruary 25 (Monday)


Proclamation No. 459 has provisions for the declaration of other holidays being celebrated by our Muslim brothers and sisters (Eid’l Fitr and Eidul Adha). The dates of these celebrations are not yet fixed so an additional announcement will be made when the dates are already known.

The Philippines Holiday 2013 is declared earlier than usual, as Philippines Holiday 2012 was released by Malacanang around November last year. It is also interesting to note that there are fewer long holiday weekends next year.

Early or not, this Philippines Holiday 2013 list is welcome news to us Filipinos.

For more details, kindly visit the Official Gazette article at

http://www.gov.ph/2012/08/16/proclamation-no-459-s-2012/

August 20, 2012: A Holiday in the Philippines

Yes! Another Good News: Malacañang declared August 20, 2012, a Monday, a regular holiday in Philippines!!!

So this means TWO long weekend holidays for the Philippines: August 20 plus August 21, 2012 (Tuesday) is Ninoy Aquino Day and August 27, 2012 (Monday), is National Heroes Day.

Quoting the Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines

Proclamation No. 455, s. 2012
MALACAÑAN PALACE
MANILA

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINES

PROCLAMATION NO. 455

DECLARING MONDAY, 20 AUGUST 2012, AS A REGULAR HOLIDAY THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY IN OBSERVANCE OF EID’L FITR (FEAST OF RAMADHAN)

WHEREAS, Republic Act No 9177 declared Eid’l Fitr (Feast of Ramadhan) as a regular holiday throughout the country;

WHEREAS, Eid’l Fitr is celebrated by the Muslim World for three (3) days after the end of the month of fasting;

WHEREAS, to promote cultural understanding and integration, the entire Filipino nation should have the full opportunity to join their Muslim brothers and sisters in the observance and celebration of Eid’l Fitr; and

WHEREAS, in order to bring the religious and cultural significance of the Eid’l Fitr to the fore of national consciousness, it is necessary to declare Monday, 20 August 2012, as a regular holiday throughout the country.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BENIGNO S. AQUINO III, President of the Philippines, by virtue of the powers vested in me by law, do hereby declare Monday. 20 August 2012, as a regular holiday throughout the country in observance of Eid’l Fitr (Feast of Ramadhan).

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the Republic of the Philippines to be affixed.

Done in the City of Manila, this 13th day of August, in the year of Our Lord, Two Thousand and Twelve.

(Sgd.) BENIGNO S. AQUINO III

By the President:
(Sgd.) PAQUITO N. OCHOA, JR.
Executive Secretary

For more details on the Proclamation No. 455, kindly visit Official Gazette post below:

http://www.gov.ph/2012/08/13/proclamation-no-455-s-2012/

For the full list of 2012 Holidays in the Philippines, kindly visit my List of 2012 Holidays in the Philippines post.

List of Official Holidays in the Philippines 2012

Update 2012.08.13
August 20, 2012 is declared a holiday in the Philippines, for observance of Eid’l Fitr (Feast of Ramadhan) as per Proclamation No. 455 s. 2012.

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We’ve got some early holiday gift from Malacanang Palace today: the list of official holidays in the Philippines 2012!

Malacanang announced the much anticipated list of Philippines Holiday 2012 and according to the Official Gazette, President Noynoy Aquino, signed Proclamation No. 295 last November 24, 2011. Proclamation No. 295 is entitled DECLARING THE REGULAR HOLIDAYS, SPECIAL (NON-WORKING) DAYS, AND SPECIAL HOLIDAY (FOR ALL SCHOOLS) FOR THE YEAR 2012.

The Philippines Holiday 2012 is divided into 3 parts, the Regular Holidays, the Special Non-Working Days and the Special Holiday for all schools.

Regular Holidays 2012
New Year’s DayJanuary 1 (Sunday)
Maundy ThursdayApril 5 (Thursday)
Good FridayApril 6 (Friday)
Araw ng KagitinganApril 9 (Monday)
Labor DayMay 1 (Tuesday)
Independence DayJune 12 (Tuesday)

EID’L FITR (FEAST OF RAMADHAN) – August 20 (Monday)

National Heroes DayAugust 27 (Last Monday of August)

Bonifacio DayNovember 30 (Friday)
Christmas DayDecember 25 (Tuesday)
Rizal DayDecember 30 (Sunday)

Special (Non-Working) Days 2012
Chinese New YearJanuary 23 (Monday)
Ninoy Aquino DayAugust 21 (Tuesday)
All Saints DayNovember 1 (Thursday)
Additional special (non-working) day – November 2 (Friday)
Last Day of the YearDecember 31 (Monday)

Special Holiday (for all schools) 2012
EDSA Revolution AnniversaryFebruary 25 (Saturday)

The proclamation have provisions for the other holidays being celebrated by our Muslim brothers (Eid’l Fitr and Eidul Adha) but as the date of these celebrations are not yet fixed, other announcement will follow and will be added to the list of 2012 Philippine Holidays.

For more details kindly visit BatangasToday.com or the Official Gazette article in

http://www.gov.ph/2011/11/24/proclamation-no-295-s-2011/