October 31, 2014: Is it a Holiday or Not?

            For those people who are asking if October 31 is a holiday or not, the answer is no. This is not a holiday because it was not approved to the list of holiday 2014 of President Benigno Aquino III. This was announced by Presidential Communications Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. on October 26. However, Sec. Coloma said it is up to the employers if they will allow their employees to work half-day. Under Proclamation no. 655, only Nov. 1 was listed as special non-working holiday.

            Once, Oct. 31 was declared by P-Noy as a special non-working holiday, it was 2011 and since then Filipino people always check if it is a holiday or not. Unfortunataly, P-Noy never declare it again as a holiday.

            This is really a sad news for those assuming that there is a long weekend during all souls days. If you’re an employee, you may absent but you need to file a leave form in your office. Unfortunately, Nov. 1 & 2 will be fall during Saturday and Sunday that’s why we can’t feel the holiday. But it is not important anymore, the most important is we will commemorate our departed love one during this season.