LABOR DAY in the Philippines. :)

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Filipinos nationwide will mark the annual celebration of Labor Day this coming May 1, which falls on Wednesday. Araw ng Manggagawa or Labor Day is a non-working holiday celebrated on May 1 of every year in the Philippines. This day is also often marked by demonstrations and rallies as the labor sector airs its grievances.

History:

Labor Day in the Philippines was first celebrated in 1903, when the Philippines was still under U.S. rule. That year, more than a hundred thousand workers organized by the Union Obrero Democratica de Filipinas (UODF) marched to Malacañang on the first of May to demand better working conditions. The American colonial government was alarmed. The Philippine Constabulary, composed of Americans and Filipinos, raided the printing press of UODF and arrested its president, Dominador Gomez, for illegal assembly and sedition.

Ten years later, on May 1, 1913, Congreso Obrero de Filipinas was organized. Led by Herminigildo Cruz, it fought for an eight-hour working day, abolition of child labor, just labor standards for women, and liability of capitalists.

Since then, Labor Day in the Philippines has been commemorated not only with parades and celebrations, but also with rallies and demonstrations of the labor sector.

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May 1, 2013 is listed as one of the country’s 15 national holidays for 2013 as indicated in Proclamation 459, which President Benigno Aquino III signed late last year.

Since it’s a holiday, what are your plans? We know you’ve been working so hard, TREAT YOURSELF! It’s Labor Day.

Happy Labor Day!  🙂

” ARAW NG KAGITINGAN / DAY OF VALOR : Much respect and love to our World War II veterans. “

“Heroism has many forms, but wherever and however you are tasked to make a difference, take heart and keep the fire burning.”

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Araw ng Kagitingan, also known as the Day of Valor, marks the greatness of Filipino fighters during World War II. It is marked on or around April 9 in the Philippines each year.

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On the last days approaching April 9, 1942, it is said that for the first time in history, Filipino soldiers from all over the archipelago came to Bataan to defend the liberty of the Philippines. If not for them, Corregidor Island would not have lasted a month more (6 months all in all) as the last holdout of Filipinos and Americans against the Imperial Japanese, who by then had conquered almost the entire Southeast Asian region.

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Tomorrow, April 9, 2013, is the 71st Anniversary of the Fall of Bataan. Now known as “Araw ng Kagitingan,” so as to put emphasis on valor rather than on defeat and surrender, we remembered the courage and the bravery of our soldiers who fought a war not of their own making.

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The Day of Valor was a national observance until a Letter of Instruction No. 1087, dated on November 26, 1980, and made “Araw ng Kagitingan” a national public holiday to honor the people who helped bring democracy and freedom in the Philippines during the World War II era. Executive Order No. 203, dated on June 30, 1987, further proclaimed April 9 as “Araw Ng Kagitingan” to pay tribute to the heroes of Bataan, Corregidor and Bessang.

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Let us continue to honor the valor and the bravery of the Filipino soldier. But perhaps, what is needed is to refocus our attention on battlefield victories, on our achievements as a nation, rather than dwelling on the tragedies of the past.

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To the Filipino Soldiers who are Fighting Valiantly to protect and serve the Citizens of the Philippines, for keeping Peace, for serving Justice.

Araw ng Kagitingan, is not only for the Soldiers who fought with Valor during the Fall of Bataan, but also for the soldiers who have sacrificed their lives in the name of Justice and Peace.