April 2 2024 to be declared holiday in Bataan, Bulacan?

April 2 2024 to be declared holiday in Bataan, Bulacan?

The Philippines will be commemorating the 236th birth anniversary of literary giant and famed orator Francisco Balagtas this April 2, Tuesday. The day has been declared as Francisco Balagtas Day nationwide by virtue of the late former President Fidel Ramos’ Proclamation 964.

The day has been customarily declared a special non-working holiday in Bulacan and in Bataan by past Philippine presidents. The Filipino Scribe will be updating this post when new information becomes available.

Balagtas, who is best known as the author of the classic “Florante at Laura,” was born in 2 April 1788. Originally from Bulacan, he eventually resettled to Bataan after marrying Juana Tiambeng, a native of the province. He died in Orion, Bataan on 20 February 1862. “Florante at Laura” is a standard reading material for Grade 8 high school students nationwide.

UPDATE, 1:00 AM of APRIL 2:

Governor Daniel Fernando clarified in an announcement that April 2 is mere a special working holiday, which means that work and classes will proceed.

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