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.
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.
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! 🙂
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