Philippine Holidays in 2010

President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo announced last Tuesday, through Proclamation 1841, the list of holidays in 2010. In a nutshell, we will be having a total of 10 regular holidays, four special non-working holidays, and one special holiday. Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita states that the Palace has come up with the list even this early because the businesses and schools are looking forward to it. May I add that travelbugs like me are also anxious to see the list this early! Haha!

Here goes...
Regular Holidays

January 1 - New Year's Day
April 1 - Maundy Thursday
April 2 - Good Friday
April 9 - Araw ng Kagitingan
May 1 - Labor Day
June 14 - Independence Day (Monday nearest June 12)
August 30 - National Heroes Day (last Monday of August)
November 29 - Bonifacio Day (Monday nearest November 30)
December 25 - Christmas Day
December 27 - Rizal Day (Monday nearest December 30)

Special Non-Working Holidays

August 23 - Ninoy Aquino Day
Nov 1 - All Saints Day
December 24 - Christmas Eve
December 31 - New Year's Eve

Special Holiday

February 22 - 1986 People Power Revolution anniversary (Monday nearest February 25; special holiday for schools)
The government will issue other proclamations to declare the celebrations of Eid'l Fitr and Eid'l Adha as a national holiday as their dates are determined by the lunar calendar.

Rebublic Act 9645 declares July 27 of every year as a special national "working holiday" in celebration of Iglesia ni Cristo day.

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Cebu Pacific Celebrates T3 Anniversary by Slashing 50% Off From Ticket Prices!

Now is the time to fly!

In celebration of its first anniversary of operations in the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3, Cebu Pacific is slashing 50% off for September 1 to November 30, 2009 domestic and international flights. Seat sale period is from July 22 to 24, 2009 only.

Passengers are advised to book their flights through, or CEB’s reservations hotlines (02)70-20-888 and (032)230-88-88, or their travel agent.

CEB, Asia’s third largest low-cost carrier, has flown nearly 36 million passengers since its inception in 1996. It now flies to 32 domestic destinations and 14 Asian cities from four hubs, utilizing the youngest aircraft fleet in the Philippines.

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Nemiranda ArtHouse

Nemesio Miranda is one of the highly-acclaimed contemporary artists of Angono, Rizal. He is known to introduce "Imaginative Figurism" in art. His family is a clan of artists. In fact, his youngest son, Don, already reaped awards at a young age of 12. His other kids have different styles in painting as well.

We went to their home cum art gallery one lazy Sunday afternoon. For a small entrance fee of 30 pesos, we were able to go around and see his, and even his kids', works. With us were two foreign tourists. One of them, a Japanese, showed us a Japanese book where Nemiranda's works were featured. He said that Nemiranda is very famous in Japan and that is the reason why he went to Angono and visit the famed artist's abode.

The Main Gallery

Nemiranda's work area

A large mermaid structure welcomes art enthusiasts.

The Nemiranda ArtHouse can be found at 10 Doña Elena St., Doña Justa Village I, Angono, Rizal. For directions, you can refer to my post about Balaw-Balaw Specialty Restaurant. The Nemiranda ArtHouse is just a few blocks away.

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Thracian Cliffs

If you are in Sofia, Bulgaria and would like to spend a sunny day playing golf, you may want to check out Thracian Cliffs. Thracian Cliffs is a slendid golf course that is destined to be one of the world's top 3 golf courses. This is according to Gary Player, one of the greatest players in golf history.

Thracian Cliffs is a golf property bulgaria that one should not miss out. Its main attraction is the 18-hole Gary Player Golf Course that will really make you feel like a pro-golfer.

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Balaw Balaw Specialty Restaurant

Food and art can mix! This is what Balaw Balaw Specialty Restaurant in Angono, Rizal has proven over the years. The place has become famous for its exotic and native Filipino fare. Aside from enjoying their authentic Filipino dishes, guests also get to enjoy the art pieces that are showcased in the restaurant's galleries.

We went there on one of our spur of the moment Sundays after hearing mass. From Cainta town proper,we drove all the way to Angono to eat lunch at Balaw Balaw and to enjoy the sculptures and paintings that are on display in the place.

After ordering our food, our waiter informed us that we can go around the place and view the art displays in the galleries. The restaurant's art gallery is rich with different forms of art- sculptures, paintings, and paper mache. Our waiter reminded us to check out his work. Yup, the waiter is a painter, too. It's not a surprise at all since the town is known to have clans that are artistically inclined.

Our food was served once we got back to our table. We ordered Ginisang Balaw, Sinigang na Malaputo, and Lechong Kawali. Balaw is actually Angono's version of the bagoong (fermented shrimp). It is less salty and a little sour. Balaw was sauteed with eggplants, garlic and tomatoes. It was a yummy complement to our Lechong Kawali. Malaputo is a rare fish found in Taal Lake. The fish was served separately on a platter which made it easy for us to eat it while its soup was served in a clay pot. We finished our meal with my boys sharing a plate of Leche Flan.

Balaw-Balaw is a great place to eat when you are with a large group of family or friends. In fact, a large group had a large pan propped beside their table. It's called Minaluto and has rice topped with adobo, various seafoods, vegetables. The pan is lined with banana leaves that made it quite look like a boodle feast. I swore to come back and try that some time.

Balaw-Balaw Specialty Restaurant can be found at 16 Don Justo, Dona Justa Village, Angono Rizal. Contact 651-0110 for inquiries.

How to get there:

If you are riding a private car, you can take Ortigas Avenue Extension and pass through the towns of Cainta and Taytay. Turn right at Manila East Road and drive straight towards SM Taytay. You will also pass by Club Manila East Taytay. The road will narrow down once you're past Club Manila East. Drive straight until you reach a fork road. Take the road on the left leading to Binangonan. Dona Justa Village will just be a few meters away from there. You will need to turn left at Don Justo Street. Your landmark will be Tatay Mesio's Restaurant at your right.

When commuting, you can take an FX or a jeepney that is Binangonan bound but will take the Highway and not Floodway. Just tell the drivers to drop you off at Balaw-Balaw. The place is famous especially among the locals.

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