The country will be marking the 114th birth anniversary of the late former President Ramon Magsaysay this August 31, 2021. The day, which this year falls on Tuesday, is a special non-working holiday in his home province of Zambales.
This is mandated in Republic Act 7792, which was enacted during the administration of then-President Fidel V. Ramos in 1994. Read the full text of RA 7792 here. It must be noted though that the law does not cover Olongapo City, which is a highly urbanized city and is administered independently from the province.
Often referred to as the “Champion of the Masses,” Magsaysay served as the country’s seventh President from 1953 to 1957. He was elected via landslide over incumbent President Elpidio Quirino during the 1953 elections. However, his term came to an abrupt end when Mt. Pinatubo, the plane that was supposed to take him back to Malacañang Palace in Manila after a visit to Cebu, crashed at Mount Manunggal on March 19, 1957.
Magsaysay’s popularity has reached stratospheric heights ever since. Five months after Magsaysay’s death, the United States Postal Service issued a special postage stamp memorializing him as a “Champion of Liberty.” This was released in Washington D.C. on August 31, 1957, the late leader’s 50th birth anniversary.