Cebu City will be celebrating its 78th annual Charter Day anniversary this coming February 24, Tuesday. The day is a special non-working holiday throughout the “Queen City of the South” as mandated by Republic Act (RA) 7287.

RA 7287 was enacted in 1992, during the term of then-President Corazon Aquino. The full text of RA 7287 can be accessed in this web page.

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The City Hall of Cebu City (photo by Mark Madrona)

The document we now refer to as the charter of Cebu City is actually Commonwealth Act No. 58, which you can read in full at this link.

CA No. 58 was approved October 20, 1936, less than a year after the Commonwealth Government was inaugurated with Manuel Quezon as President and Sergio Osmena Sr., a Cebuano, as Vice President. The city was officially established February 24, 1937.

According to the website of the Cebu City government, then-Interior Secretary Elpidio Quirino represented President Quezon during the event. Quirino also served as president from 1948 to 1953.

The following day, February 25, will still be a holiday for students and teachers in Cebu City because of the 29th anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution.

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