November 21, 2017

December 8 - House Bill 5241

My twin kids were born Sunday of December 8, 2002. It was a very special day for us because December 8 is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary whom we prayed for to conceive. 8 is also my favorite number.

House of Representatives unanimously passed on third and final reading House bill 5241 declaring December 8 of every year a special non-working holiday in the entire country to celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary as respect to the many Catholic Filipinos who believe in Mama Mary.

Authored by Majority Leader and Ilocos Norte Rep. Rodolfo C. FariƱas, HB 5241 will be added among the country’s holidays marking Catholic religious events. The bill was endorsed for approval by the House Committee on Revision of Law chaired by Pangasinan Rep. Marlyn Primicias-Agabas.

Under the bill, December 8 of every year will be a non-working holiday throughout the country to allow the faithful to commemorate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, the principal patroness of the Philippines.

The House official noted that Philippines is predominantly Catholic and is considered the third with the biggest population of Catholic faithful in the world. He said a 2013 survey showed that there are 76 million Catholic Filipinos.

This bill will have to wait awhile as to when it will be executed, awaiting the approval from the House of Senate and President Duterte,

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