Bulakenyos will have their first provincial holiday of the year this January 23, when the nation marks the anniversary of the inauguration of the First Philippine Republic in Barosoain Church in Malolos, Bulacan in 1899. The anniversary of the so-called Malolos Republic has been declared a special non-working holiday in the province courtesy of Proclamation 523. Click here to read Proclamation 523 in full.
Aside from its significance in Philippine history, the establishment of the Malolos Republic also heralded the birth of Asia’s first independent republic. Curiously, this particular non-working day is not included in the list of provincial holidays listed in the 2007 Administrative Code of Bulacan. Download here the said 90-page document.