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Sorry, August 19 isn’t a holiday in Davao City

August 15, 2019 - Thursday 4:08 PM by Pia Xi

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DAVAO CITY (PIA) -- There is no Araw ng Pasasalamat holiday on August 19 here.

Generose Tecson, City Tourism Operations Office (CTOO) head and current festival director of the 34th Kadayawan Festival, said the city did not request Malacañang for a holiday on Monday.

The Philippine Information Agency (PIA) 11 office, which relays formal announcements of holidays, said it has been receiving calls regarding August 19.

Social media postings also have been announcing August 19 as a holiday.

“We have so many holidays already, that is why we have released the Kadayawan schedule so people will be guided,” Tecson said.

She also said Malacañang is no longer allowing another Kadayawan-related holiday due to the number of holidays in August.

August 16 is a Davao City-wide holiday, while there are three national holidays: August 12  (Eid al-adha or the Feast of Sacrifice), August 21 (Ninoy Aquino Day), and August 26 (National Heroes Day).

The Monday after the Kadayawan celebration, which this year falls on August 19, is usually declared a holiday as a rest day for the city after the frenetic weekend celebration.

Tecson, however, said the two main events have been split in two Saturdays (August 17 for Indak-Indak (street dancing competition) and August 24 for Pamulak (floral float parade).

August 24 is also the culminating event to be highlighted by the Tambayayong Kadayawan (traditional song and dance peformances) on the afternoon. PIA/RG Alama