Filipinos may have another three-day weekend a couple of weeks from now as the nation observes All Saints’ Day, locally referred to as “Undas” or “Todos Los Santos,” this November 1. The day, which this year falls on a Sunday, is a special non-working holiday around the country according to President Benigno Aquino III’s Proclamation 831.
Millions of Filipinos use the occasion to visit their departed loved ones, oftentimes travelling to provinces. For a lot of Pinoys, it is better to go to cemeteries on October 31 or November 2 to make their visit more convenient. Hence, it is possible that November 2, Monday, will also be declared a special non-working holiday.
While it seems just right for November 2 to be declared a non-working day, one factor that may hold back the administration from doing so is the reality that there are already too many holidays for the said month.
Workers in Metro Manila will have two non-working days (November 18 and 19) in connection to the country’s hosting of the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit. Parenthetically, November 17 and 20 are additional holidays for students throughout the region. Meanwhile, November 30 (Monday) is a national holiday because of Andres Bonifacio’s 152nd birth anniversary.
The Filipino Scribe will update this post if and when Malacañang makes an announcement.