Thursday, January 31, 2013

SM North EDSA: Get your Gourmet Card

Get your FREE Gourmet Card today for resto discounts/freebies in SM City North EDSA! 
#greatnothernsale #smcitynorthedsa


1. From Jan 25 to Feb 3, customers are entitled to get a free Gourmet Card upon registration at the redemption booth located at The Block 2F and City Center 2F.

Customers may also get the Gourmet Card on participating establishments.

2. Promo period is from February 1 - 15, 2013. End of promo period may vary depending on the restaurant's promotions.

3. Present your Gourmet Card upon ordering.

4. Get special discounts and freebies from participating restaurants. Refer to booklet for more promo details. Promo and freebie offers will be subject to the stipulations of participating restaurants.

5. Offer is valid for dine-in only at participating restaurants.

6. Offer is not available in conjunction with any other offer or promotion including Senior Citizen discount.

7. Value meals of SM Foodcourt tenants are not included in the promo

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

8th Nihongo Fiesta 2013

Gear up this February as the 2013 Nihongo Fiesta goes rock with the Japanese band Uchusentai: NOIZ.   Nihongo Fiesta is the yearly event of the Japan Foundation, Manila (JFM) that showcases  Japanese language, arts and culture through events like the speech contest, quiz bee and musical concerts. 

This year, the fiesta presents three (3) events that will surely excite the otakus and the general public alike:  the 40th Nihongo Speech Contest, 5th Quiz Bee - Nihongo for High School Students and the much awaited rock concert of Uchusentai: NOIZ.
Uchusentai: NOIZ is a visual kei rock band from Japan. Formed in 1999, the group is composed of Angel Taka, Masato, Kyo, Kotaro and Yamato.  They are known for their energetic music, wild cosplay-like outfits and live shows full of energy and on stage antics.  The free concert will be held on February 23 (Saturday), 7:00 pm at the SM City North EDSA Skydome.

The 40th Nihongo Speech Contest gathers Filipino students and professionals from all over the country to prove their excellence in the Japanese language through speech.  An all-expense paid week-long study tour in Japan awaits the Champion and the Outstanding Performance Awardee.  It will be on February 23 (Saturday) at 10:00 am.  The 5th Quiz Bee – Nihongo for High School Students brings together high schools from Metro Manila as well as other regions to best each other in a game of knowledge of Japanese language and culture.  The quiz bee will be held on the same day from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm.  Both events will be held at The Block Cinema 1 at the SM City North EDSA in Quezon City. 

The 2013 Nihongo Fiesta is part of the celebration of the 40th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation.  All events are open to the public. For more details and inquiries, please contact the Japan Foundation, Manila at (02) 811-6155 to 58;  or visit . The 2013 Nihongo Fiesta is made possible with the support of the SM City North EDSA, the Embassy of Japan, Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the Philippines, Inc. (JCCIPI), The Japanese Association Manila (JAMI), Japan Overseas Enterprises Association (JOEA), Association of Filipino Nihongo Teachers (AFINITE), Animax, Japan Airlines, UNIQLO, Canon Marketing

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

TOHOKU Photo Exhibition at the National Museum

    The Japan Foundation, Manila (JFM) in cooperation with the National Museum of the Philippines, the Embassy of Japan and The Photographic Society of Japan brings to Manila the traveling exhibit TOHOKUThrough the Eyes of the Japanese Photographers, an exhibition composed of 123 photos representing the different aspects of life in Tohoku from its past, present and the future. 

    The Tohoku Region is the northeastern section of Honshu, the largest island in Japan.  It is divided into six (6) prefectures:  Aomori, Iwate, Akita, Yamagata, Miyagi and Fukushima.  The region is blessed with a beautiful and abundant natural environment of seas, mountains, rivers and forest.  On March 11, 2011, an earthquake of magnitude 9.0 hit Japan and the worst damaged was concentrated in the region.  The media coverage of the destruction made many people familiar with the names of Tohoku cities and prefectures, but few are likely to have a broad knowledge of other aspects of the region.

    The exhibition is composed of works by nine (9) photographers and one (1) photographers’ group:  Teisuke Chiba, Ichiro Kojima, Hideo Haga, Masatoshi Naito, Masaru Tatsuki, Hiroshi Oshima, Naoya Hatakeyama, Meiki Rin, Nao Tsuda and the group led by Toru Ito.  Curated by Kotaro Iizawa, a recognized photography critic in Japan, the exhibit showcases the natural and cultural backdrop of Tohoku as well as its people and their way of life.  Photographs taken in the early 50s and 60s are presented together with photos of the present Tohoku to illustrate the varied points of view and generation of each individual photographer.

    “TOHOKUThrough the Eyes of the Japanese Photographers”will be on public view at the Gallery XVIIIOld Legislative Building at the National Museum from January 30 to March 17, 2013.  An Art Talk from Mr. Kotaro Iizawa and Mr. Nao Tsuda will be held on March 9 (Saturday).  Film screenings will also be held during the exhibition run. The National Museum is located at Padre Burgos Avenue, Manila. The museum is open every Tuesday to Sunday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

    The exhibition is part of the celebration of the Japan-ASEAN 40th Friendship Year.  For inquiries, please contact the Japan Foundation, Manila at telephone numbers (02) 811~6155 to 58 or or visit

    Fortinet® : New FortiOS 5.0 Operating System

    MANILA, Philippines - Fortinet® (NASDAQ: FTNT) - a world leader in high-performance network security – today announced FortiOS 5.0, the world’s most advanced security operating system that is the foundation for all Fortinet FortiGate integrated security platforms. This new release provides more security, intelligence and control to help enterprises be better protected against today’s advanced threats and enable more secure BYOD environments.

    With smarter, more effective security policies, Fortinet gives enterprises of all sizes new technologies to help protect and manage their networks in light of fundamental changes in both the nature of attacks targeting them as well as how users are accessing the network. Fortinet is extending its leadership by integrating advanced identification and management of user and device behavior, including reputation-based policies, better botnet detection and protection and inspection of encrypted traffic.

    In addition to the new FortiOS 5.0 operating system for FortiGate devices, Fortinet announced FortiManager 5.0, FortiAnalyzer 5.0 and FortiClient 5.0 to address the need for increasingly sophisticated management and analysis of the network infrastructure and endpoint devices in enterprise, carrier, MSP and SMB environments alike.

    Fortinet is adding more than 150 features and enhancements to FortiOS 5.0. As a result, enterprises of all sizes will be better equipped to defend themselves against new advanced threats and manage and protect their network against an influx of new types of mobile devices and applications. Key benefits include:
    ·         More Security to fight advanced threats. A client reputation feature gives enterprises a cumulative security ranking of each device based on a range of behaviors and provides specific, actionable information that enables organizations to identity compromised systems and potential zero-day attacks in real time. The new advanced anti-malware detection system adds an on-device behavior-based heuristic engine and cloud-based AV services that includes an operating system sandbox and botnet IP reputation database. Together with superior industry-validated AV signatures, FortiOS 5.0 delivers unbeatable multi-layered protection against today’s sophisticated malware

    ·         More Control to secure mobile devices and BYOD environments by identifying devices and applying specific access policies as well as security profiles, according to the device type or device group, location and usage

    ·          More Intelligence with automatic adjustment of role-based policies for users and guests based on location, data and application profile. Enhanced reporting and analysis also provides administrators with more intelligence on the behavior of their network, users, devices, applications and threats

    “We are excited about the advancements in FortiOS 5.0,” said Ken Xie, founder, president and CEO for Fortinet. “Looking back over the last ten years, each FortiOS release delivered innovation that helped change the market. With FortiOS 5.0, Fortinet is continuing to lead and define the network security space. We are providing our customers with the best and broadest functionality that is fully integrated with our high-performance FortiASICs and FortiGate system. This combination leads to our customers having the most superior network security, performance, management and analysis.”

    “We’ve come to rely on the consolidated and advanced security, networking and management services embedded in FortiOS,” said Ken Smith, senior security solutions architect with Green Pages. “What’s particularly attractive about this major new release is the 'client reputation' feature that provides a broad view of each client on our network and the ability to enforce ‘smart policies’ to secure individual users throughout our organization, regardless of their location, type of device they use to access network resources or their status as a guest. It’s a major step forward in strengthening our overall security posture.”

    FortiManager 5.0
    As a centralized, single-pane-of-glass management platform for all Fortinet devices, the new FortiManager 5.0 features significant improvements tailored for enterprises and service providers:
    ·         The ability to manage physical and virtual security devices using a single Web-based GUI with new functions that include drag and drop policies between panes, direct in-view policy object editing, full IPv6 support and a new script UI facility

    ·         More granular administrative profiles and greater ease of use

    ·         Enhanced provisioning capabilities for large-scale rollouts

    ·         Improved reporting and analysis with multi-frame display, drag-and-drop policy between rule bases and frames, built in logging and reporting and full IPv6 support

    Additionally, carrier/cloud providers will benefit from added XML and JSON API functionality as well as script UI capabilities that enable auto-provisioning and simplified creation and modification of policies and objects.

    FortiAnalyzer 5.0
    The FortiAnalyzer family of logging, analyzing and reporting appliances securely aggregates log data from Fortinet devices and other syslog-compatible devices. The new FortiAnalyzer 5.0 includes the following new key features:
    ·         Significantly improved data visualization and analysis to provide customers with critical visibility into their network security posture

    ·         Consolidated reporting for all FortiOS-based devices and endpoints, enabling better insight on bandwidth consumption, application usage and network utilization

    ·         Management of both physical and virtual appliances for consolidated configuration and universally applied reporting across multiple FortiAnalyzer systems

    ·         The ability to synchronize multiple FortiAnalyzers for unified configuration and reporting

    FortiClient 5.0
    FortiClient provides anytime, anywhere endpoint security for Windows and Macintosh devices. Improvements include:
    ·         Better enforcement of security policies in off-net situations to ensure adherence to corporate policies when not connected to the network

    ·         Enhanced integration with FortiGate devices to simplify remote VPN provisioning for ease of use

    “From the largest enterprises and carriers to smaller distributed retail and SMB networks, our customers are dealing with more stringent network security requirements and greater demands for access to data,” said Patrick Bedwell, vice president of product marketing for Fortinet. “With new attack variants on the rise and the ‘bring your own device’ revolution in full swing, organizations need broad security measures that can scale, are highly flexible when it comes to enforcing granular policies and are easy to deploy. We’re responding to these market requirements with the release of the industry’s most advanced network security operating system that works in tandem with our next-generation management, analysis and client protection technologies.”

    FortiOS 5.0, FortiManager 5.0, FortiAnalyzer 5.0 and FortiClient 5.0 will be available this month and can be downloaded from the FortiCare Website ( or customers can contact their reseller.

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    Fortinet (NASDAQ: FTNT) is a worldwide provider of network security appliances and a market leader in unified threat management (UTM). Our products and subscription services provide broad, integrated and high-performance protection against dynamic security threats while simplifying the IT security infrastructure. Our customers include enterprises, service providers and government entities worldwide, including the majority of the 2011 Fortune Global 100. Fortinet's flagship FortiGate product delivers ASIC-accelerated performance and integrates multiple layers of security designed to help protect against application and network threats. Fortinet's broad product line goes beyond UTM to help secure the extended enterprise - from endpoints, to the perimeter and the core, including databases and applications. Fortinet is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., with offices around the world. 

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    Monday, January 28, 2013

    SM Cinema: Movie Line-up for the Love Month

    This Love Month, SM Cinema patrons can enjoy three exciting SM-exclusive movies to keep their hearts aflame with romantic comedy, suspense and historical drama.

    Just in time for Valentine’s Day is the romantic-comedy movie, Playing for Keeps which features an all-star cast led by Gerard Butler, Jessica Biel, Dennis Quaid, Uma Thurman and Catherine Zeta-Jones.
    Gerard Butler plays George, a burnt-out professional soccer player who decides to take a break from the professional arena and return to his home town in Virginia. Determined to win back his ex-wife (Jessica Biel) and their son (Noah Lomax), he decides to take the coaching job of their local junior league soccer team. However, with every cougar soccer mom’s eye on his good looks and physique, he has a difficult time focusing on his goals.

    For those looking for heart-pounding thrills on Valentine’s Day, SM Cinema offers the slasher movie, Smiley. Caitlin Gerard (from the movie, Magic Mike) plays Ashley, a young woman convinced that the urban legend Smiley, a murderous maniac who can be summoned from the Internet, is no more than a myth. But Smiley exists and he won’t rest until Ashley is proven wrong in a pool of her own blood.

    On February 20, SM Cinema premieres the local romantic-drama Iliw, featuring Kaye Abad, Ping Medina, and Japanese actor Hiroyuki Takashima. Set in 1939 during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines, the movie tells the story of Fidela (Kaye Abad) who moves to Baguio from her hometown in Vigan to avoid the romantic advances of her childhood friend, Pablo (Ping Medina).  When Fidela’s father is captured by the Japanese Imperial Army on suspicion of Treason, she is forced to return home.  A chance encounter with a high ranking Japanese officer, Col. Takahashi (Hiroyuki Takashima) changes both their lives forever.

     e-PLUS Members get a 50% discount on tickets for any of the three CinExclusive movies this February.  As an extra treat, they can also enjoy back-to-back screenings of Smiley and Playing for Keeps for the price of one – a special Valentines offer to SM Cinema’s most loved patrons!

    Lovers, Families and Barkadas will surely enjoy the exciting roster of exclusive movie offerings by SM Cinema’s CinExclusives this February. With SM Cinemas’ premier digital cinemas, exclusive perks and exciting movies, loyal SM Cinema movie goers will be guaranteed unforgettable movie experiences.  What better way to celebrate the Love Month than through excellent movie entertainment in the best digital theaters at your favorite SM Cinema!

     About SM Cinema
    SM Cinema is the country’s leading exhibitor—boasting 246 cinemas and 6 IMAX Theatres in 45 branches nationwide. SM Cinema continues to expand and lead the country’s development in cinema technology.
    For a more convenient way of watching a movie, experience the newest from SM Cinema—the CINEMOBILE: Your mobile, your movie ticket. With its turnstile system, SM Cinema delivers a more convenient movie-going experience to its patrons. 
    You may also avail SM Cinema’s e-PLUS (Entertainment, Privileges, Lifestyle, Upgrades and Surprises) card to make your movie-watching more convenient, rewarding and fun. On top of the reward point scheme, e-PLUS is loaded with VIP privileges, special promos such as discounts on select movies, seasonal offers, quarterly raffles and invites to exclusive events. e-PLUS members can also avail of promos and discounts from partner merchants. The e-Plus starter kit comes with your personalized e-Plus card, free movies, snacks and a premium item.

    To know more about SM Cinema, visit their website at
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    Thursday, January 24, 2013

    7th Spring Film Festival

    Now on its seventh year, the Ateneo de Manila University’s Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies together with Confucius Institute and Credit Suisse, with the cooperation of Ateneo Celadon and Shangri-La Plaza, brings you the Spring Film Festival this February 1-10, 2013. 

    The festival is organized every year to promote Chinese language and culture in mainstream Philippine society particularly among young Filipinos so that they may become bridges between China and the Philippines. This year’s festival features different faces of Chinese society. 

    The films for this year include Piano in a Factory (Best Actor, 23rd Tokyo International Film Festival; Best International Movie, 28th Miami International Film Festival; Special Award of Jury, 28th Golden Flower Movie Festival); Storm Warriors (Best Visual Effects, 29th Hong Kong Film Awards), Golden Times, Jasmine Women (Grand Jury Prize, 7th Shanghai International Film Festival; Best Actress, 13th Golden Rooster Awards), 2Become1, and Space Dream. Admission is free. 

    Also during Spring Film Festival, there will be a Chinese Painting Exhibit at the Grand Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from February 1 to 10, 2013 that display is the latest works of seasoned artists from the International Studies for Chinese Arts and the students of the Confucius Institute at the Ateneo de Manila University Chinese Painting class. Started in 2009, this annual exhibit aims to promote Filipino-made Chinese paintings and to encourage the emergence of new talents that will continue the rich legacy of the ancient art in the Philippines. 

    There will also be the On the Wings of Culture Chinese Photo Exhibit that contains images and scenes that depict a new wave of cultural reform is taking place in China, which includes improving cultural infrastructures; burgeoning cultural industries; greater creativity in arts, literature, design and high-tech applications; safeguarding of cultural heritage; cultural innovation, dialogue and youthful exchange. This exhibit is a cooperation of the Cultural Section of the Chinese Embassy and the Confucius Institute at the Ateneo de Manila University. The photo exhibit will be at the 4th floor of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from February 1 to 10, 2013. 

    Sponsors of the 7th Spring Film Festival include: Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, Confucius Institute, Ateneo Celadon, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, Credit Suisse, Film Development Council of the Philippines, Limketkai Center, ChaTime, Richprime Global Inc., CitisecOnline Financial, Chevrolet, Flexo Marketing, Raphyten Marketing, Lyric Piano, Baby Mossimo Kids, First Estan Trading, Teresa Marble, Footzone Greenhills, Xavier University- Ateneo de Cagayan University, Sacred Heart School- Ateneo de Cebu, Ateneo de Davao University, University of San Carlos, Ateneo de Ilo-ilo- Santa Maria Catholic School, Business World, Chalk Magazine, and Chinoy TV. 

    The screening schedule is as follows: 

    February 1, 2013 
    2Become1: 12:30PM 
    Piano in a Factory - 3:00PM 
    Storm Warriors - 5:30PM 
    Jasmine Women - 8:00PM 

    February 2, 2013 
    Piano in a Factory - 12:30PM 
    Space Dream - 3:00PM 
    Golden Times - 5:30PM 
    Storm Warriors - 8:00PM 

    February 3, 2013
    Space Dream - 12:30PM 
    2Become1 - 3:00PM 
    Jasmine Women - 5:30PM 
    Piano in a Factory - 8:00PM 

    February 4, 2013 
    Storm Warriors - 12:30PM 
    Golden Times - 3:00PM 
    2Become1 - 5:30PM 
    Space Dream - 8:00PM 

    February 5, 2013 
    Golden Times - 12:30PM 
    Jasmine Women - 8:00PM 

    February 6, 2013 
    Storm Warriors - 12:30PM 
    2Become1 - 3:00PM 
    Piano in a Factory - 5:30PM 
    Golden Times - 8:00PM 

    February 7, 2013 
    Jasmine Women - 12:30PM 
    Golden Times - 3:00PM 
    Space Dream - 5:30PM 
    2Become1 - 8:00PM 

    February 8, 2012 
    2Become1 - 12:30PM 
    Jasmine Women - 3:00PM 
    Piano in a Factory - 5:30PM 
    Space Dream - 8:00PM 

    February 9, 2013 
    Storm Warriors - 12:30PM 
    Space Dream - 3:00PM 
    2 Become 1 - 5:30PM 
    Golden Times - 8:00PM 

    February 10, 2013 
    Golden Times - 12:30PM 
    Storm Warriors - 3:00PM 
    Jasmine Women - 5:30PM 
    Piano in a Factory - 8:00PM

    Contact Details:

    For more information, please call Ateneo de Manila University Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies at (63 2) 426-6001 locals 5208, 5209, 5280 and 5284. For tickets, please call Shang Cineplex at (63 2) 633-2227.

    Thursday, January 17, 2013

    Ballet Philippines: A Midsummer Night's Dream

    After the critical and box-office success of Rama, Hari, which had its full-house audiences giving rousing standing ovations after each performance, Ballet Philippines once again takes on an old-time favorite and gives it a new twist in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM.

    Running for one weekend only from February 15 to 17, 2013 at the CCP Main Theater, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM is a new ballet adaptation choreographed by Hong Kong-based award-winning Filipino choreographer Carlo Pacis. Based on the timeless romantic comedy of William Shakespeare and the music of Felix Mendelssohn, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM is a world premiere, and is Pacis’ first full-length ballet for Ballet Philippines.

    A Midsummer Night’s Dream weaves together the lives of mortals and fairies. Oberon, the King of the Fairies, and his Queen, Titania, are fighting over an Indian changeling. To punish her, Oberon instructs the mischievous Puck to place the juice of the Love-in-Idleness flower on her eyes so she falls in love with the first living thing she sees. Oberon also instructs Puck to place the juice on a young mortal man, whom he sees spurning a young woman.

    But Puck makes a mistake and his folly creates madness and mayhem in the forest. He puts the juice on Lysander, in love with Hermia, instead of Demetrius, who spurns Helena’s love because he pines for Hermia. Lysander awakens, sees Helena and falls in love with her. To correct his mistake, Puck places the juice on Demetrius’ eyes, who also sees Helena when he awakens. Meantime, Titania, after getting juice on her eyes, awakens and sets her eyes on a man with a donkey’s head. The result is an unforgettable romantic comedy of errors between man and magical beings.

    While Rama, Hari is heroic and epic in scale, centered on a prince who is an avatar of a god, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is fun and youthful. It is the interplay of humans and fairies, with mischief-maker Puck at its focal point.

    “Fairies have no morals, they want it, they want it now,” says Pacis, whose short work for Ballet Philippines, “Shifting Wait,” won Outstanding Choreography at the Philstage Gawad Buhay Awards.

    “The youthful energy of the company will be perfect!” he says. With this, he builds his characters, and uses it to bring out the “fun” and “comedic” nature of the ballet.

    While Rama, Hari showcased the dancers’ strength in modern dance, A Midsummer Night’s Dream will let the dancers’ classical ballet technique shine. But Pacis wants to go beyond ballet and infuses more modern, contemporary and non-ballet elements to the dancing. He wants to “push the envelope as far as pas de deux work, musicality and all that.”

    Pacis also wants to tell the story with multimedia, sets (by Ricardo Cruz) and costumes (by fashion designer Eric Pineda).

    “For me, the underlying theme is love, and I think that being a universal experience to us all, the audience can hopefully understand the story,” Pacis says.

    The world premiere of Carlo Pacis’ A Midsummer Night’s Dream runs at the CCP Main Theater on February 15 (3pm and 8pm); February 16 to 17 (2pm and 6pm).

    Bulk and group sales are also available for schools, classes, organizations and corporations.

    For tickets and inquiries please contact Ballet Philippines at (02) 551-1003 and (02) 551-7919 or Ticketworld at (02) 891-9999.

    Sunday, January 6, 2013


    16th Metro Job Fair 2013
    January 17-19, 2013
    Starmall Trade Hall, EDSA-Shaw Blvd. Mandaluyong City

    The Philippine Star Career Guide Job Fair
    January 22-23, 2013
    Megatrade Hall, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City

    Magnus Eventus Jobs Fair 2013
    January 23 & 24, 2013
    Activity Center, Trinoma Mall, EDSA-North Quezon City

    Magnus Eventus Jobs Fair 2013
    February 12 & 13, 2013
    Activity Center, Alabang Town Center, Muntinlupa City CITY JOB FAIR
    February 14-15, 2013
    Starmall Trade Hall, EDSA-Shaw Blvd. Mandaluyong City CITY JOB FAIR
    February 18-19, 2013
    Robinsons Galleria, EDSA-Ortigas Avenue

    Career Expo 2013
    February 21 & 22, 2013
    Nova Mall, Novaliches, Quezon City

    The Philippine Star Career Guide Job Fair
    February 27-28, 2013
    Activity Center, Trinoma Mall, Quezon City

    JOB is on the air!
    March 14 & 15, 2013
    Activity Center, Alabang Town Center

    Career Expo 2013
    March 18-19, 2013 
    Activity Center, Ever Gotesco Mall, Ortigas Ext. Pasig City

    2nd Manila Bulletin Job Fair Extreme!
    March 19-20, 2013 
    Glorietta 4 Activity Center, Makati City Career Fair 2013 Manila
    April 1 & 2, 2013, 9AM – 6PM
    SMX Convention Center, Pasay City

    MEi Mega Job Fair 
    April 25 & 26, 2013
    Starmall Trade Hall, EDSA-Shaw Blvd. Mandaluyong City

    Tuesday, January 1, 2013

    2013 Philippine Holidays

    President Aquino issued Proclamation No. 459 declaring regular holidays, special non-working holidays and special holiday for schools for the year 2013.

    Under the proclamation, the regular (legal) holidays will be :
    New Year’s Day, Jan. 1  (Tuesday)
    Maundy Thursday  (March 28)
    Good Friday  (March 29)
    Araw ng Kagitingan, April 9  ( Tuesday)
    Labor Day, May 1  (Wednesday)
    Independence Day, June 12  (Wednesday)
    National Heroes Day, Aug. 26  (Monday)
    Bonifacio Day, Nov. 30  ( Saturday)
    Christmas Day, Dec. 25  (Wednesday)
    Rizal Day is Dec. 30  (Monday)

    Special non-working days include: 
    Black Saturday, March 30 
    Ninoy Aquino Day, Aug. 21 
    Wednesday and All Saints’ Day, Nov. 1

    Additional special non-working days are: 
    Nov. 2, Saturday
    Dec. 24, Tuesday  
    Dec. 31, a Tuesday

    The anniversary of the first EDSA People Power Revolution on Feb. 25, a Monday, is a special holiday for all schools.

    Meanwhile the observance of Eid’l Fitr and Eid’l Adha will be issued after the approximate dates of the Islamic holidays have been determined in accordance with the Islamic calendar (Hijra) or the lunar calendar, or upon Islamic astronomical calculations, whichever is possible or convenient, the proclamation read. The National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) shall inform the Office of the President on which day the holidays shall fall.

    The proclamation, signed by the President on Aug. 16, shall take effect immediately and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) shall promulgate its implementing guidelines. Based on the announcement, there will be four long weekends next year: March 28 to 31, Aug. 24 to 26, Nov.1 to 3 and Dec. 28 to Jan.1, 2014. President Aquino issued Proclamation No. 459 declaring regular holidays, special non-working holidays and special holiday for schools for the year 2013.