Malacañang on Monday, April 18, announced that President Benigno S. Aquino III, has declared April 23, Black Saturday (which falls between Good Friday and Easter Sunday), as a special non-working holiday throughout the country.

The declaration was by virtue of Proclamation No. 150, which President Aquino signed on April 18.

“Our people must be given the full and uninterrupted opportunity to ponder on the significance of the Holy Week and to properly observe its traditions with religious fervor, without prejudice to public interest,” the proclamation stated.

On this note, those who are obliged to work on Saturdays would enjoy a longer weekend because April 21 and 22 (Maundy Thursday and Good Friday) are regular holidays as part of the commemoration of Holy Week.

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