Last year, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has signed Proclamation 1471 declaring March 22, 2010, Black Saturday or Easter Even, a "special non-working day," Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita said.

UPDATE (7:02PM, 18 April): Click HERE for the latest update (Proclamation No. 150)

But today, MalacaƱang said that they’re still studying whether Black Saturday, April 23, will be declared a holiday.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte stated that “I asked the office of Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. if the Palace will declare April 23 a holiday. They told me they are still studying it. They said there is a proposal to make it a holiday.”

The palace will make an announcement as early as next week, sources reported. Under Proclamation 84, Black Saturday was not declared a holiday, only Maundy Thursday and Good Friday only.

Black Saturday is also known as Easter Eve, Easter Even, Black Saturday, or the Saturday before Easter.

The proclamation of Black Saturday as a holiday was observed during the years 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2009 only.

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