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2014 Vacation Planning Guide

Travel By October 2, 2013 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

You may start planning your 2014 vacations this early, what with Air Asia and Cebu Pacific on sale at this time, as Malacanang already released the list of holidays for next year.

Proclamation No. 655 indicates that there will be be four long weekends next year.

Here is the complete list of 2014 holidays:

A. Regular holidays
New Year’s Day, January 1 (Wednesday)
Araw ng Kagitingan, April 9 (Wednesday)
Maundy Thursday, April 17
Good Friday, April 18
Labor Day, May 1 (Thursday)
Independence Day, June 12 (Thursday)
National Heroes Day, August 25 (Monday)
Bonifacio Day, November 30 (Sunday)
Christmas Day, December 25 (Thursday)
Rizal Day, December 30 (Tuesday)

B. Special (non-working) days
Chinese New Year, January 31 (Friday)
Black Saturday, April 19
Ninoy Aquino Day, August 21 (Thursday)
All Saints Day, November 1 (Saturday)

C. Special (non-working) days
December 24 (Wednesday)
December 26 (Friday)
December 31 (Wednesday)

D. Special Holiday (for all schools)
EDSA Revolution Anniversary, February 25 (Tuesday)

Alman Dave Quiboquibo came up with a vacation planning guide that has been circulating on Facebook. I am reposting the guide here with credits to the owner, as well as his accompanying description. 🙂 Thanks dude! Apparently, he blogs at

Guide by Alman Dave Quiboquibo

“This guide helps you plan your vacations for 2014. As you can see, I start with the holidays in the latter part of this year. There are four long weekends which require no vacation leaves (or in some cases, faked sick leaves), and the length of the vacations vary from 3 days to 12, assuming you could afford to be away from the office for as long as 3 days.

Proclamation No. 655 curiously does not mention any of the Muslim Holidays, although we already know the dates. I’ve put in the tentative dates based on Muslim calendars I’ve consulted online, but I have to point out that this year, Malacañang actually declared Eid-Ul-Fitr a day after our Muslim brothers and sisters celebrated it (August 9 instead of 8). As far as I know it is the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos which recommends to Malacañang when these holidays fall, so you could confirm with them just in case my research is incomplete.”

Source/s: Holiday list out: Four long weekends in 2014


The Half-Rice Bill – Are You Kidding Me?!

Musings, Other Events By October 2, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , 2 Comments

Yes, are you kidding me?! Because that is Lia’s favorite line and because, if you know me, I eat at least 2 cups of rice every meal. Not that it shows, but that is not the point. According to this bill, if I go to a restaurant and order a meal, instead of ordering 1 extra rice for myself for say Php10-30, price depending on what kind of restaurant, or where this restaurant is located, I will be ordering 3 extra cups of rice! And that means Php30-90 more on my bill, right? Unless of course they only charge half the price because it is only half the standard serving.

As if it is not enough that it irks me endlessly to know that we, as an Asian country, and the location of the Rice Research Institute no less, cannot produce enough rice to feed the population and have to resort to importing rice, these lawmakers have the audacity to propose a law that will supposedly reduce rice wastage. Fine, I may be one of the few who eat more rice than the usual serving (and actually have nothing to show for it) but this bill does not address the problem at all – which is rice shortage.

Mikka Wee of wrote about the issue yesterday on her article, “Will Serving Rice at Half Portions Now Be Mandatory Because of a New Bill?” in reaction to the article that came out on Manila Standard Today last month, “Amid rice crisis, two lawmakers push anti-wastage bill“, while HecklerForever made mention of it in his blog titled, “Megan Young Pork?

To quote from the article that came out on Manila Standard Today:

…Two administration lawmakers on Tuesday vowed to file a measure that would address the P8.4-billion worth of rice that Filipinos waste every year.

Mark Llandro Mendoza of Batangas and Agapito Guanlao of Butil, chairmen of the House committees on agriculture, and on food security, respectively, said that their proposal intended to address the increasing rice prices amid uncertainty regarding rice supplies.

Once enacted, the bill would require restaurants and similar establishments to serve rice in one-half cup portions, instead of one cup each serving.

Citing the International Rice Research Institute, Mendoza said Filipinos waste rice worth at least P23 million every day, or about P8.4 billion a year.

On the other hand, the Food and Nutrition Research Institute under the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) revealed that every Filipino wastes an average of 3 tablespoons (9 grams) of rice daily, which is equivalent to 3.3 kilograms per year.

“This means that 96.7 million Filipinos waste as much as 319,000 MT of rice annually— an amount even greater than the amount we imported this year,” Mendoza said.


Free Entrance to All National Museums This October

Music and Arts By October 1, 2013 Tags: , , , , , No Comments
© Aissa Domingo and the National Museum of the Philippines (2013)

© Aissa Domingo and the National Museum of the Philippines (2013)

In celebration of Museums and Galleries Month, the National Museum of the Philippines will open its doors, for the entire month of October, with free admissions to all 14 branches of the National Museum across the country and their flagship museums in Manila: the National Art Gallery (former Old Legislative Building), Museum of the Filipino People (former Old Finance Building), and National Planetarium.

About the National Museum

The National Museum of the Philippines or NM is a government agency museum that includes research and conservation programs within the museum and throughout the archipelago. The museum houses three buildings in Manila; The Museum of the Filipino People, The National Art Gallery and the National Planetarium that are repositories of the natural and cultural history of Filipinos and our environment. The collection ranges from thousands of years ago to the present. In addition, there are 19 branches of the NM located in all regions of the country, representing the origins and visual representations of Philippine culture.

The primary mission of NM is to acquire, preserve, exhibit and foster scholarly study and appreciation of works of arts, specimens and cultural and historical artifacts of the Philippines.

Museum fees are Php 150.00 for adults, Php 120.00 for group tour adults and Senior Citizens, and Php 50.00 for students and Php 40.00 for Group tour students. These new rates will allow you to visit the National Art Gallery (in the Old Legislative Building), the Museum of the Filipino People (in the Old Finance Building) and the exhibitions at the National Planetarium. Museum Hours are the same: Tuesday to Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm (except for the Planetarium which is closed on Sundays). Closed to the public on November 1, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Black Saturday.

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