December 2 2013 – Pasay City holiday

Pasay City will be marking its 150th foundation anniversary this December 2. The day, which this year falls on Monday, has been declared by President Benigno Aquino III as a special non-working holiday in the said Metro Manila city through Proclamation 685. Read the full text of Proclamation 685 here.

The announcement was made last November 25. Neither the national nor the local government made a similar declaration last year since December 2 was a Sunday.

Map of Metro Manila showing the location of Pa...
Map of Pasay City. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

According to the city’s website, Pasay became a pueblo on December 2, 1863 upon the recommendation of Archbishop Gregorio Martinez of Sta. Cruz. Pueblo is the Spanish-era equivalent of a town. It was led by a gobernadorcillo, the present-day counterpart of a town mayor.

A year before it, several prominent citizens of Pasay sent a petition to civil and ecclesiastical authorities for them to be allowed to manage their own political and religious affairs.

Martinez, who eventually became the Archbishop of Manila, is immortalized in Philippine history for his refusal to defrock Fathers Mariano Gomez, Jose Burgos, and Jacinto Zamora prior to their execution in 1872. Instead, he ordered the tolling of the bells in every church in honor of them.

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