The City of Manila will be marking its 442nd Foundation Day this June 24, Monday. The day, more popularly known as Araw ng Maynila, is a special non-working holiday in the Philippine capital city by virtue of Proclamation 604. President Benigno Aquino III signed the declaration last June 13. Read the full text of Proclamation 604 here.
As noted in a post last year, Miguel Lopez de Legazpi, the first Spanish governor-general of the Philippines, proclaimed Manila as the capital city of the country in June 24, 1571, calling it a “distinguished and ever loyal city.” Quezon City, situated north of Manila, briefly became the nation’s capital city from 1948 to 1972.
June 24 is also the feast day of Saint John the Baptist, the patron saint of San Juan City. During the annual Wattah Wattah festival, residents of San Juan douse water not only to their neighbors but to just about anyone. Stay dry!