President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino declared yesterday that Chinese New Year will be considered as ond of the official holidays, ignoring the objections of some in the business community who have commented that there are already too many public holidays.
It means the Chinese New Year, also known as the spring festival or lunar new year, will be celebrated annually starting next year, January 23, 2012.
"The joint celebration is a manifestation of our solidarity with our Chinese Filipino brethren who have been part of our lives in many respects as a country and as a people," Aquino's order said.
The Chinese New Year becomes one of 17 holidays that will be recognised by the Philippines in 2012 including Christian holidays such as Christmas and Easter and Muslim holidays Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Fitr.
What does this mean to me? Since this will fall on a Monday, I can either report to work or take the day off (long weekend). If I do decide to work then I will earn a "day in lieu" which I can use for my February vacation. Either way, this is a good news for me. How about you? What do you think about this additional holiday?