As reported here on Noypistuff just a few minutes when the Government's Official Gazette announced it, Black Saturday (April 23, 2011) was declared a special non-working holiday throughout the country after the President signed Proclamation No. 150. I found the full text of the Proclamation and I thought of posting it below since it contains the reasons of the declaration of the holiday. :D
Black Saturday Holiday declared | Photo of PNoy taken in a different event (not the Black Saturday Holiday declaration) courtesy of Google Images :D
By the President of the Philippines
Proclamation No. 150
Declaring Saturday, April 23, 2011, as a Special (Non-Working) Day Throughout the Country
WHEREAS, Saturday, April 23, 2011 falls between Good Friday and Easter Sunday;
WHEREAS, Black Saturday, falling between Good Friday and Easter Sunday has been traditionally declared a special (non-working) day throughout the country;
WHEREAS, the observance of Holy Week is one of our people's most cherished traditions;
WHEREAS, 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.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BENIGNO S. AQUINO III, President of the Philippines, by virtue of the powers vested in me by law, do hereby declared Saturday, April 23, 2011, as a special (non-working) day throughout the country.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused teh seal of the Republic of the Philippines.
Done in the City of Manila, this 18th day of April, in the year of Our Lord Two Thousand and Eleven.
By the President,
PAQUITO N. OCHOA, JR.