Presidential Proclamation No. 154 dated April 26, 2011 issued by President Benigno S. Aquino III declares June 20,2011 (Monday) as a Special Non-Working Day throughout the country in view of the 150th Birthday of our national hero, Dr. Jose P. Rizal on June 19.
The purpose of the holiday is to
give me time to rest "to give all Filipinos the opportunity to commemorate Rizal’s patriotic deeds and sacrifices for the country, rekindle their admiration and respect for him, and to celebrate this milestone with appropriate ceremonies."
I am not much of a Rizalian, as I prefer Fort Bonifacio over Rizal Park, (hehehehe), but i did enjoy reading El Filibusterismo and Noli Me Tangere and i have always believed that the pen is mightier than the sword.