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Philippines Declares 2015 Papal Public Holidays

Source: Philippine Information Agency (Manila)
Posted: Friday, November 28, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The Mayor of Manila, the capital of the Philippines, Joseph Estrada, has jumped the gun on the Philippines national government and declared January 15-19, 2015, as municipal public sector holidays on account of the upcoming visit of Pope Francis in the Philippines.

Last week (2014-11-17), Philippines deputy presidential spokesperson, Abigail Valte, had announced that Malacañang, the Presidential Palace, is considering declaring certain days as one-off non-working public holidays in the Philippines during Pope Francis' upcoming visit in January 2015. Pope Francis is scheduled to visit the Philippines from January 15-19, 2015, in Manila and in Tacloban.

Recently (2012-03-18), the Cuban government had declared public holidays from March 26 to 28, 2012, to coincide with the visit of Pope Benedict XVI to Santiago de Cuba and Havana.

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