Araw ng Maynila holiday – June 24 2014

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Araw ng Maynila 2014 will be the first one held under Mayor Joseph Estrada (Credits: www.manila.gov.ph)

Manila, the capital city of the Philippines, will be marking its 443rd foundation anniversary this coming June 24, Tuesday.

The day, referred to as Araw ng Maynila, has been declared a special non-working holiday through Proclamation 766, which Executive Secretary Paquito signed in behalf of President Benigno Aquino III last May 7.  

Access the full text of Proclamation 766 in this link. Note that a similar proclamation has been issued last year.

It was in June 24, 1571 when Miguel Lopez de Legazpi, the country’s first Spanish governor-general, installed Manila as the capital city of the archipelago. Subsequent to this proclamation, Legazpi also hailed Manila as the “distinguished and ever loyal city.”

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Araw ng Maynila 2014 will be the first one held under Mayor Joseph Estrada (Credits: www.manila.gov.ph)

This marks the first time that the Araw ng Maynila festivities will be led by the city’s new mayor, former President Joseph Estrada.  Three major events are lined-up for this year’s celebration.

First is the Search for Outstanding Manilans 2014, which seeks “to recognize men and women from Manila who have contributed invaluably to the honor, benefit and development of the city and its people.”

“Awards will also be handed out to outstanding barangays and barangay leaders, outstanding public and private school educators, outstanding prosecutors and judges, and the Patnubay ng Sining and Kalinangan Awards,” the city government announced through its official website.

Meanwhile, all young ladies who are interested to take part in the search for Miss Manila 2014 are asked to contact their respective barangay captains or call the Miss Manila 2014 secretariat at 527-3989 or email [email protected]

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