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Labor Day and Long Weekend


Earlier this week, Malacanang announced that May 3 will be a non-working holiday in the country so as to give Filipinos a chance to observe Labor Day since May 1 falls on a Saturday.

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 MalacaƱang 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. [Source: http://en.wikipilipinas.org/]

So better take off your work gloves, and celebrate your day as a worker! And as for me, I’ll enjoy this long weekend.


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