TODAY is National Heroes’ Day. What is strange about this holiday, so important that the country gives up a full day of working, that workers paid daily suffer, is the law that ordered it. Commonwealth Act 3827 of Oct. 28, 1931 did not specify who were the heroes the day was celebrating. The Act consisted of only three sentences:
“Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the Philippines in legislature assembled and by the authority of the same:
“Section I: The last Sunday of August of every year is hereby declared as an official holiday to be known as the National Heroes Day.
“Section II: This Act shall take effect upon its approval.”
Succeeding laws merely reaffirmed its date of celebration. However, we owe our being able to sleep late today to President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, an economist by training and very practical-minded, who moved it to the first Monday of August, so we’ll have a long weekend, which she thought would be a boost to local tourism. (more…)