MANILA, Philippines - The first day of December 2008, is a regular holiday which means that there will be no classes in all schools and no work in both the government and private offices, the official Philippine Information Agency said.
A stipulated in Proclamation No. 1463 Declaring the Holidays and Special (Non-Working) Days for the Year 2008, signed by President Gloria Arroyo on February 18, 2008, December 1 which is a Monday is a national regular holiday.
President Gloria Arroyo has declared December 1, 2008 as a national regular holiday in observance of Andres Bonifacio Day. December 1 is Monday nearest to November 30.
In declaring December 1 as holiday, President Arroyo aimed to enable Filipinos to have a more meaningful observance of 145th birthday of the revolutionary leader and one of the main rebel leaders of the Philippine Revolution against Spanish colonial rule in the late 19th century.
Andres Bonifacio, the founder of the Katipunan, an organization aimed to start an independence movement against Spain, was regarded as the "Father of the Philippine Revolution" and one of the most influential national heroes of the country.
The Supremo, along with his brother Procopio were executed at Mt. Buntis for the crimes of sedition and treason against the revolutionary government of General Emilio Aguinaldo.
Meanwhile, December 24 is the last working day for the year 2008. This is because December 26, December 29 and December 31 have been declared as Special holidays, while December 25 and December 30 are regular holidays.