Iloilo City Charter Day: 8/25 a non-working holiday


Photo by Arnold Almacen. Captioned-Kioxia Excelens Awards 2020 Category: Architecture

  • Iloilo City Charter Day is a special non-working holiday.

  • This year is the 84th Charter Day commemoration which falls on a Wednesday.

Iloilo City Mayor Jerry P. Treñas has announced that the city will once again be observing a virtual celebration for its 84th Charter Day.

This is the third year for Iloilo City to commemorate the historical event with a modest and simple program.

Iloilo Charter Day will be a virtual event. A photo by Arnold Almacen on Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treans as posted on his Facebook dated Dec. 4, 2020

In 2019 or a year ahead of the pandemic, Mayor Treñas also opted for a simple celebration citing the rise of dengue cases during that period of the year.

Last year, the Charter Day was also held virtually considering the ongoing pandemic caused by the Coronavirus. It also prioritized health protection for Ilonggos and prevented holding of large crowd events.

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The 84th Charter Day is no different from the last two years as the city continue to struggle to maintain Covid-19 cases to manageable levels while preparing for the expanded threat of the Delta variant.

The President of the country annually releases a proclamation days ahead of August 25 placing Iloilo City on a special non-working holiday for the observance of the Charter Day.

Iloilo Charter Day
Empty streets of Iloilo City. A photo by Arnold Almacen from his Facebook captioned: Kioxia Excelens Awards 2020, Category Architecture.

Previous declaration recognized the significance of the event saying that it is “fitting and proper that the people of the City of Iloilo be given full opportunity to celebrate and participate in the occasion with appropriate ceremonies.”

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In 2021, the proclamation stressed that the activities be subjected to community quarantine, social distancing, and other health measures.

Again it highlighted the same health reminder saying: “It is but fitting and proper that the City of Iloilo be given full opportunity to celebrate and participate in the occasion with appropriate ceremonies, subject to community quarantine, social distancing, and other public health measures,” said in the Proclamation released by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea.

For this year’s event, Proclamation No. 1200 declared August 25, 2021 (Wednesday) as special non-working holiday.

A special non-working holiday in the Philippines is a flexible holiday which can either be enacted by Congress or proclaimed by the President. It is declared for the different historical or cultural celebration of municipalities and cities and which may not necessarily be observed nationwide.

Iloilo City 84th Charter Day Calendar of Activities

Iloilo Charter Day

*Featured photo is also by Arnold Almacen.

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