I Thought Today Is A Holiday

@ARIES1973 (9537)
Legaspi, Philippines
February 24, 2013 9:01pm CST
Last Friday, my office mate and I were talking about the activities that we will be doing today because we thought today is a non-working holiday. But upon getting home, I checked the list of holidays and it was stated there that February 25, People's Power Day or EDSA Revolution Day is an observance and not a non-working holiday. Waaah! I'm supposed to be staying at home and taking some rest today but I have to go to work. Well, anyway, still glad that myLot can come with me anywhere I go. Have a great day everyone!
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@airasheila (5458)
• Philippines
25 Feb 13
Good day ARIES1973, Before, I also thought that Feb. 25 is a non-working public holiday. As me and my sister are somehow arguing on this. Little did I know that it was only a special holiday wherein, it is only the schools who can avail of that holiday instead. Hence, from now on, I will take note that this date is not a non-working holiday so I will not be confuse next time.
@ARIES1973 (9537)
• Legaspi, Philippines
25 Feb 13
Hi airasheila! Yes because we were used to think of it as non-working holiday. However, the government change it to observance since 2009. Although last year the date fall on a Saturday so we don't notice it. You can check about it here: http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/philippines/people-power-anniversary Thank you for sharing!
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@dodoazo (22064)
• Philippines
25 Feb 13
The DepEd through the secretary has declared it as no classes, but offices in the different schools divisions, national, regional have office. February 25 is observed as a commemoration of freeing the people from the bondage of freedom suppression in the Marcos regime of 20th rule of dictatorship. Am I correct?
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• Philippines
25 Feb 13
Hello dodoazo, I don't think there shouldn't be holidays in schools either and instead make a celebrative activity for the said special day. i think there should be a special lesson also regarding the Edsa Revolution because some people are starting to disregard and not care for the sacrifices of the people who fought for our freedom. and yes you are right.
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@Mavic123456 (17194)
• Thailand
25 Feb 13
I was one of those people... hehehehe...
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@ARIES1973 (9537)
• Legaspi, Philippines
25 Feb 13
Hi dodoazo! Yes, I already know from the start of the year that this day will not be considered as non-working holiday because I created an article about Holidays for 2013. But I was also aware that during the previous years, the palace would make an announcement a day before the event, so I was hoping. But sad to say nothing happens. Well, anyway it is just okay for me. Thank you for sharing!
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@hereandthere (34073)
• Philippines
25 Feb 13
sorry, it only applies to pupils/students. it was a lifesaver for me because there was a miscommunication with the ironing lady. she was able to come after lunch already and did half yesterday afternoon. she works for another family from mon to saturday. then she remembered the daughter works in a school so she will be home to take care of her elderly father today, so it's okay if she did not report there and was able to finish the rest of the ironing here this morning.
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@ARIES1973 (9537)
• Legaspi, Philippines
25 Feb 13
Hi hereandthere! Yes, my children has no classes today. I was planning to spend the day with them but what can we do? Mother has to go to the office. Well, glad to know you were get some good results. Have a great day! Thank you for sharing!
@dodoazo (22064)
• Philippines
25 Feb 13
In everything there is a season. In everything there is a reason. And this is it. Before Feb. 25 is declared a holiday with no work, no classes. It is a national holiday. But it is a different one of observing or commemorating it. Only the school or the pupils and teachers are given the chance to enjoy the whole day special holiday. It is good for them. Let's not be jealous with them.
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• Philippines
25 Feb 13
the daughter of the ironing lady was also happy because she and her son will be able to spend time together in the mall. she's busy with housework from mon to sat and is in church the whole day every sunday.
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@Raine38 (9188)
• United States
25 Feb 13
Really? I always thought that that day is a holiday. I even remember a couple of years back, me and my friends will schedule some mountain climbing or treks because it is always a holiday so we have longer weekends. That time, it fell on a Friday and it was declared a non-working holiday.
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@chiyosan (30205)
• Philippines
25 Feb 13
Yeah its not a holiday today for the working Filipino. Its a regular day with lots of people on the street "celebrating" the day and a lot of traffic re routes, buses passing through roads they have never really passed through on a regular day.
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@ARIES1973 (9537)
• Legaspi, Philippines
25 Feb 13
That was several years ago. But lately this day was converted to an observance and therefore is a regular working day. Thank you for sharing! Have a nice day for both of you!
@kourdapya (926)
• Philippines
25 Feb 13
Yes, it's frustrating, only the students get to have an extra day of the weekend. I think it was the same for last year in observance of Edsa 2, I don't understand why did not just make this a holiday to all
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@ARIES1973 (9537)
• Legaspi, Philippines
25 Feb 13
Hi kourdapya! I like that name. Well, I was waiting for a news that this day will be declared as non-working but it does not happen. But anyway, we will be having a long vacation on March because of the Holy Week. I just look forward to that. Thank you for sharing!
@dodoazo (22064)
• Philippines
25 Feb 13
Kourdapya, you're wondering why Feb. 25, 27th EDSA Power Revolution is not declared as special non-working holiday for there are no more "trapos" (traditional politicians) influencing the present government. Only limited prominent people are seen participating the historical event. Hope this clears the doubt or serves as a reason and answer to your query.
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@wolfie34 (26792)
• United Kingdom
25 Feb 13
For some children, today is an extended holiday for them, they have already had a week off, in our country our schools sometimes have 'baker days' which means the school is only open to the teachers for meetings, term planners etc, sorry you had to work, I looked at my calendar and today is just an ordinary Monday. Mondays are my gym days and getting up early, but I enjoyed today, hope work wasn't too bad for you my friend, have a great week.
@ARIES1973 (9537)
• Legaspi, Philippines
26 Feb 13
Hi wolfie! Yeah, yesterday, Philippine time was the 27th anniversary of the people power revolution in our country. During the previous years, this date was being declared as non-working holiday in our country. However, we just wonder why all of a sudden, the government decided to have it as an observance rather than a non-working holiday. Well, anyway everything went fine and today is another day. Thank you for sharing!
@averygirl72 (16643)
• Philippines
25 Feb 13
I thought it was holiday too for the working people. Schools have no classes and the teachers but other office and jobs will have their regular working day.
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@ARIES1973 (9537)
• Legaspi, Philippines
25 Feb 13
Hi averygirl! Almost everybody thought that way yesterday. It's just fine that the day is over and we are looking forward to another day. Thank you for sharing!
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• Philippines
25 Feb 13
I thought so but I did not go to work because I hate being stuck in traffic :D I just spent a day with my dogs and niece.
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@ARIES1973 (9537)
• Legaspi, Philippines
25 Feb 13
Hi paperdolls! Oh, yes there were activities related to this celebration and its a good thing that you just stayed at home. Thank you for sharing!
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@ardoy0731 (6865)
• Philippines
25 Feb 13
Yeah sad to say that it is not holiday for us today but students are really happy and enjoy their long weekend. Some of our colleague also look forward that it is holiday today last Friday but our hr keep on telling that it is just for schools. But at least work hours is finally over and another work day was over. Just four left days to go.
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@ARIES1973 (9537)
• Legaspi, Philippines
25 Feb 13
Hi ardoy! Yes, that's true the day went by so fast so we should not be worrying about it that much anymore. Let's focus more on the days to follow. Have a great day!
@pahak627 (4302)
• Philippines
25 Feb 13
This morning I went to my sister who is a public school teacher and I envied her at that moment because classes are suspended due to the EDSA celebration. Though my sister is at home but she still has some works, she has to encode and print some reports in school. I don't envy her anymore since she is still working at home.
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@ARIES1973 (9537)
• Legaspi, Philippines
25 Feb 13
Hi pahak! Actually, when it comes to work, I also bring work at home. Why? One of the main reasons is that we are assigned in a field office and we don't have printer and computer at the office. Imagine that? So whenever we have reports to be submitted, I need to bring it at home and use my own printer. I am not complaining on this because from time to time, we are also receiving some benefits so I was able to buy these tings. It is also good that I return some of the favor to the government. My mother is also a teacher and yes most of the time she brings her work at home. A salute to the teachers! Have a great day!
@SIMPLYD (87189)
• Philippines
25 Feb 13
Oh yes, Aries me too,i thought today would be a holiday. Last week i was even planning to use this day to visit my parents again in our hometown. But when HR announced that it's only the schools that will have no work/classes , i was disappointed.
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@ARIES1973 (9537)
• Legaspi, Philippines
25 Feb 13
Hi simplyd! The day has passed already, and yes it might be disappointing but we cannot do anything anymore. There will be more holidays that will come especially on March. Let us just wait for those days. Thank you for sharing!
@danix1982 (593)
• Philippines
25 Feb 13
hi aries! we also same thought about non working holiday, i thought also that it is holiday today, glad i am in the office today.
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@ARIES1973 (9537)
• Legaspi, Philippines
25 Feb 13
I am also glad that I went to work today because there are so many clients who visited the office today. I was able to accomplish a lot of work today. Thank you for sharing!
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• Philippines
25 Feb 13
Yes. It's a non-working holiday. I'm thankful that I am working in a school that's why I can take advantage of today's holiday.
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@ARIES1973 (9537)
• Legaspi, Philippines
25 Feb 13
Hi donatello! You are the first lucky person that responded. He he congratulations! Okay fine! Well, life is funny sometimes. But still we need to be thankful. Thank you for sharing!
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@katrinapaz (2438)
• Philippines
25 Feb 13
me too! I am surprised that it is a "working holiday". i thought that we would be earning extra for today is a holiday but I am wrong. but then I am happy that the students are able to rest and remember what this important day is on our history.
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@ARIES1973 (9537)
• Legaspi, Philippines
25 Feb 13
Hi katrina! Oh yes, private companies do benefit if the day is declared as non-working holiday. Oh, how sad. Well, anyway just be thankful that we have work. Thank you for sharing!
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@allen0187 (34380)
• Philippines
25 Feb 13
hi there aries1973. we are in the same boat. i actually thought that today is a holiday as well. tough luck! anyway, i really think that moving forward, the government should declare february 25 as a holiday. this way, the country can celebrate this momentous occassion in our history. cheers and happy mylotting!!!
@ARIES1973 (9537)
• Legaspi, Philippines
25 Feb 13
Actually, I don't remember about this date last Friday until the staff from the nearby office dropped in and told us the it is a holiday today. It's a sad thing that we are all wrong. Ye you are right, this date should be declared as a non-working holiday in the years to come. Thank you for sharing!
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@rsa101 (16912)
• Quezon City, Philippines
25 Feb 13
It is a holiday for schools only and not for work. Sadly, this has been what was contained in the proclamation Malacanan made at the start of the year. I have with me a calendar that contains all official holidays for this year and Feb 25 was marked "Feb 25 for schools only".
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@ARIES1973 (9537)
• Legaspi, Philippines
25 Feb 13
Hi rsa! Yeah I was able to read the proclamation as I even used it as a reference material for an article in one of my writing sites. But because during the previous years, we know that it was a non-working holiday, we are expecting it to be the same. Well, let's forget about it. Let us just be thankful that everything is okay. Thank you for sharing!
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• Philippines
25 Feb 13
unfortunately pnoy change it to observance this year so lucky are those students and school employee. Its actually unfair coz we've been practicing it for non working holiday before. Why president keep on changing holidays, sometimes regular holiday change to non working instead of getting paid in double with those who are still working during holidays like me hehehe. I our work we don't follow holidays...
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@ARIES1973 (9537)
• Legaspi, Philippines
25 Feb 13
Hi homeshoppers! We are already expecting that this day will be a rest day for us. Well, I think we can no longer do anything about it. The day is over and everything went fine. Just happy that the children did not go to school today and were able to rest also. Thank you for sharing!
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• Philippines
25 Feb 13
HEllo Aries, I guess it's not the same as the arroyo administration whereas holidays also included for the workers. but nice to know that it's become a bit lucky day for the kids and teens who are studying. besides, it's not just a holiday it's a day were people have expressed their right for speech and threw the dictator marcos into the exile.
@ARIES1973 (9537)
• Legaspi, Philippines
25 Feb 13
Hi LK! Yes I remember the previous years. Well, let us just live with it. Perhaps the President wants us to devote time to more important things. Have a great day!
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@chiyosan (30205)
• Philippines
25 Feb 13
I have the same thoughts as well! grrr. We were all supposed to just be at home and "celebrate" the day when our people rise up against the dictator. hehe okay so much for the cliche. I would really love to have a holiday today, but sadly it was only a holiday to the students. I suppose people will eventually just forget about it. It was celebrated as a holiday then... I wonder why Noy would declare ramadan as holiday but not the edsa revolution. no offense met to our muslim brothers, but i think he is into so much politics himself right?
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@ARIES1973 (9537)
• Legaspi, Philippines
25 Feb 13
Hi chiyosan! You are my boss. I don't know who is you, he he. Well, there is nothing we can do about it. I already spent half day at the office. Thank you for sharing!
@allknowing (75643)
• India
25 Feb 13
Whatever the situation there is always something positive that one can see if one looks at it that way. So you have myLot for company to take away your boredom!
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@ARIES1973 (9537)
• Legaspi, Philippines
25 Feb 13
Hi allknowing! Yes you are right. I can still participate with myLot from time to time. It is also a good thing that I come to work today because there are many documents that need to be signed. Have a great day!
@dodoazo (22064)
• Philippines
25 Feb 13
very good insight, very practical. Writing is the form of getting boredom and making yourself preoccupied, just a bit of earning an income like MyLot. Take it away and enjoy writing here.
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