Duterte declares December 8 a non-working holiday

    MANILA, Philippines - President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law a bill declaring December 8 of every year a special non-working holiday to commemorate Feast of Immaculate Conception of Mary.

    Duterte declares December 8 a non-working holiday
    The Immaculate Conception. Photo Credit: Philstar

    The declaration through Republic Act (R.A.) No. 10966 will add another day to the many holidays and special non-working days the nation has in one year.

    In 2018 and 2019, December 8 falls on a Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

    Majority leader Rodolfo Fariñas of Ilocos Norte authored the bill.

    The Filipinos consider the feast a "day of obligation," requiring Catholics to participate in Mass.

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