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Long Weekend Holiday: December 8 - 10, 2023 (Friday, Saturday and Sunday)

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Cordillera - Thanks to Republic Act 10966, December 8 is now an annual special non-working holiday across the entire Philippines. 

This yearly celebration honors the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, recognized as the Principal Patroness of the Philippines. Back in 2017, then-President Rodrigo Duterte signed this special non-working holiday into law.

This legal move isn't just about a day off—it showcases the nation's dedication to preserving its religious roots and promoting unity, especially within its predominantly Catholic community.

Marked on December 8 every year, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception is a time to remember the belief in the Virgin Mary's immaculate conception, symbolizing her being conceived without original sin. 

Acknowledging the sacred nature of this event, the government designates it as a Special Non-Working Day, underscoring its significance in the lives of millions of Filipinos.

By declaring the Feast of the Immaculate Conception a Special Non-Working Day, the government provides Filipinos with a chance for profound spiritual contemplation and devotion.

This decision also reflects an awareness of the vital role religious observance plays in Filipino lives. It demonstrates a commitment to respecting and safeguarding the diverse cultural and religious traditions that define the nation.



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