MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – If you live in the Philippines and need to have your hair or nails done for a wedding or Christmas party Sunday, December 20 (Monday, Philippine time), you’re out of luck. You will have to do it yourself.
President NoyNoy Aquino has issued an Executive Order declaring December 20 as a non-working holiday in the country. It is finals night for the 2015 Miss Universe pageant being held at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.
In issuing the order, Aquino said, “I fully recognize that the Miss Universe pageant is the equivalent of America’s Superbowl where everyone will be glued to their television sets and have viewing parties. Everyone will be rooting for our representative, and my one-time date, Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach.”
But holiday or not, beauty salons across the country will be closed because their employees — most of them gay — have all called in sick. They do not want to miss a minute of the popular beauty pageant.
The Adobo Chronicles will be bringing you live updates of the pageant direct from Las Vegas!
Manila, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – Press Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. has announced that Malacañang (the presidential palace) is declaring a 5-day holiday in the Philippines to give Filipinos the opportunity to witness and enjoy Pope Francis’ visit to this Catholic country on January 15-19, 2015.
In an interview on state-run DZRB over the weekend, Coloma said that declaring a holiday would help authorities manage traffic in Metro Manila more efficiently, especially along thoroughfares where the papal motorcade is expexted to pass.
In the same interview, Coloma said, “Let’s wait for a decision, an official announcement.”
This makes Malacañang’s official spokesperson’s official announcement an unofficial announcement.
Manila, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – Filipinos woke up this morning to the exciting news that President NoyNoy Aquino has signed an executive order declaring Monday, October 31 a special non-working holiday.
The news was carried by The Inquirer, the country’s leading daily newspaper.
The executive order was signed by Aquino’s Executive Secretary Pacquito Ochoa, Jr., who said that the President wanted to give Filipinos an extra day off to honor their dearly departed. November 1, All Saints’ Day, is when Filipinos troop to cemeteries to pay respect to the dead.
But wait, isn’t October 31 a Friday?
Indeed it is. Apparently, The Inquirer mistakenly printed a news story from its 2011 issue. October 31, 2011, was a Monday.
Aquino felt so bad about the newspaper’s goof that he went ahead and declared Monday, November 3 a special non-working holiday.