A year ago (2012-03-11), the Philippines House of Representatives approved, on third and final reading, House Bill 3962 which declares March 8 an annual non-working public holiday in the Philippines to commemorate "National Women's Day" as a "means of paying tribute to Filipino women for their massive contribution to nation building through their various roles and tasks in society".
Last year (2012-03-07), Malacañang, Philippine's presidential palace, had issued a statement confirming that Thursday, March 8, 2012, would not be a non-working public holiday in the Philippines, but this year it did not feel the need to issue a statement confirming that Friday, March 8, 2013, would not be a non-working public holiday in the Philippines, relying on the Philippines media to remind readers that the list of official non-working public holidays for 2013 were as set-out in Proclamation No. 459, s. 2012, which was signed by President Benigno Aquino III, late last summer (2012-09-01).
Links and References
Below are links to the news stories referred to in the above "Philippines March 8 Public Holiday Update" news story, as well as links to subsequents news stories which refer to the present news story.