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Marcos designates December 26 as a special holiday.

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In order to “provide the people the entire chance to celebrate the holiday with their family and loved ones,” President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. has declared December 26 to be a special non-working day nationwide this year.

The declaration was made by Marcos via Proclamation No. 115, according to a Malacaang press statement.

The declaration stated that a long weekend would encourage families to gather together, deepen their bonds, and create a more productive environment. It would also stimulate tourism.

Additionally, he directed the Department of Labor and Employment to publish the proper circular so that the private sector could implement the proclamation.

Christmas Day is honored as a regular holiday even if it falls on a Sunday.

The list of regular holidays and unique non-working days for 2023 was updated by Malacaang earlier and now includes “long weekends.”

On November 11, Proclamation 90 was issued, amending Proclamation 42, which established regular holidays and unique non-working days.

A special non-working day will also be added on January 2, 2023, a Monday, per Proclamation 90, “in respect of the Filipino tradition of visiting relatives and spending time with their family for this occasion.”

Proclamation 90 has already declared January 1, 2023, to be a regular holiday.

At a gift-giving event earlier in the day at Manila’s Rizal Park, Marcos made a commitment to maintaining his administration’s vital assistance to the underprivileged, weak, and impoverished.

In a number of speeches, Marcos pledged that the government would work to make sure that every Filipino child would experience a Merry Christmas.

Additionally, he encouraged people to the Malacaang Palace Grounds to see the Christmas tree and lanterns there as well as to attend the Simbang Gabi.

From December 18 through December 24, the Palace grounds will be accessible to the public from 7 p.m. until 6 a.m.

Simbang Gabi will begin at 4:30 a.m. in front of the Mabini Hall and conclude on Christmas Day as is customary.

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