The province of Bulacan will be marking the 88th birth anniversary of one its favorite sons, the late Senator Blas F. Ople, this February 3.
The day, which this year falls on Monday, is a special non-working holiday in the said province in Central Luzon by virtue of Proclamation 709, which President Benigno Aquino signed last January 16.
In the declaration, Aquino noted that Ople “devoted decades of his life to selfless, dedicated, and sincere service” to the country and for Filipinos.
Take note though that the Palace is yet to upload the text of this proclamation on their website. Blas Ople Day is one of the legal holidays in Bulacan as listed in their Provincial Administrative Code (click the link to read the document).
Ople was a member of the cabinet during the administration of then-President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. He’s the country’s foreign affairs secretary until the time of his death last December 14, 2003.
He served as labor minister during the presidency of Ferdinand Marcos and as Senate President from 1999 to 2000.This special non-working holiday comes less than two weeks after Bulacan marked the 115th anniversary of the inauguration of the First Philippine Republic last January 23.