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Palace declares local holidays

CAMP GEN. ALEJO SANTOS, Bulacan, Philippines — Malacañang has declared holidays in various localities of the country to allow residents to participate in the celebration of their community festivals.

The holidays were contained in several proclamations signed last week by Executive Secretary Lucas Bersamin by the authority of President Marcos.

Proclamation 384 declared Nov. 13 a special non-working day in Pantukan, Davao de Oro to allow people to celebrate the town’s 86th founding anniversary and the 21st Pasaka Festival.

Proclamation 385 declared Dec. 7 a holiday in M’lang, Cotabato because of the Kawayanan Festival.

Bersamin also signed issuances declaring Dec. 12 a holiday in San Juan, Batangas, and Dec. 16 a special non-working day in nearby Malvar town as well as in Sorsogon City, which will celebrate their founding anniversaries.

The holiday declarations for San Juan, Malvar and Sorsogon City were contained in Proclamations 386, 387 and 388, respectively.

Meanwhile, Proclamation 389 declared Dec. 22 a special non-working day in Bayawan, Negros Oriental for the city’s 23rd charter anniversary.

Dumingag in Zamboanga del Sur will celebrate its founding anniversary on Dec. 27, which was declared a local holiday through Proclamation 390.

Proclamation 391 declared Dec. 7 a special non-working day in Virac, Catanduanes because of the Kaaldawan nin Virac.

San Jose in Occidental Mindoro will commemorate the 79th Liberation Day of Mindoro Island from Japanese occupation on Dec. 15, which was made a holiday through Proclamation 392.

Malacañang also signed Proclamation 393 declaring Dec. 23 a special non-working day in Sto. Niño, South Cotabato to allow residents to celebrate the town’s 43rd anniversary and the 24th Hinublag festival.