Towns in Bohol such as Baclayon can have a more stress-free fiesta as President Duterte signed into law the measure declaring December 8 each year as a special non-working holiday.
The clamor to make December 8 a holiday got through now with the day, which is in commemoration of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, has been added to the days where there can be no work.
Aside from Baclayon, the towns of Duero, Catigbian and Sierra Bullones are also celebrating their fiestas on the same day.
The day, December 8, is significant in this predominantly Catholic country.
News reports said Republic Act 10966 was signed into law by President Duterte on Thursday.
The act’s full name is “An Act Declaring December 8 of Every Year A Special Non-Working Holiday in the Entire Country to Commemorate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, the Principal Patroness of the Philippines.”
The measure was introduced by House Majority Floor Leader Rodolfo Fariñas.
For Catholics, December 8 is a holy day of obligation, or a day wherein believers are expected to hear and attend Mass. In his explanatory note, Fariñas noted that countries like Guam and Malta take the day off on December 8 to observe the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.