Pope Francis Visit to the Philippines 2015: Public Holidays declared, Free Wi-Fi access in Manila

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Public Holidays have been declared in the National Capital Region in lieu of the Papal Visit in January 2015.

Last Monday, December 22, 2014, President Noynoy Aquino has declared the dates January 15 (Thursday), 16 (Friday) and 19 (Monday) as special non-working holidays in NCR. Meaning, people in Metro Manila will enjoy a very looong weekend when
Pope Francis arrives on the 15th of January. He will leave on the 19th.

Read the holiday proclamation, as posted in the Official Gazette of the Philippines website:

"PROCLAMATION NO. 936, s. 2014, DECLARING JANUARY 15, 16 AND 19, 2015, AS SPECIAL (NON-WORKING) DAYS IN THE NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION (NCR)

In view of the visit of the Pope, the Head of State of the Vatican City, I, PAQUITO N. OCHOA JR., Executive Secretary, by authority of His Excellency, BENIGNO S. AQUINO III, do hereby declare January 15, 16 and 19, 2015, as special (non-working) days in the National Capital Region (NCR).

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the Republic of the Philippines to be affixed. Done in the City of Manila, this 22nd day of December, in the year of Our Lord, Two Thousand and Fourteen.

By authority of the President:

(Sgd.) PAQUITO N. OCHOA JR.
Executive Secretary"

So, in less than a month, there will be lots holidays for people from NCR. In addition to the 3-day holidays during the Papal Visit are the nationwide holidays declared this 2014 Christmas Season:

Dec. 25, 30 and Jan. 1 are regular non-working holidays

Dec. 24, 26, 31 and Jan. 2 are special non-working holidays.

Meanwhile, apart from the Papal Visit holiday, people in Manila will also get to enjoy free wi-fi everywhere during and even after Pope Francis' visit.

As reported in this video by SONA / GMA News, the City Government of Manila will set up free wi-fi hotspots to make sure people will stay connected during Pope Francis' Manila visit.

For sure, it's gonna be the biggest trending event in the country! - Mykiru.ph
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About Mykiru Isyusero

Mykiru is an entertainment blogger, having been named recently as one of the Top 10 Pinoy Showbiz Resources in the Philippines. For 8 years now, Mykiru has been delivering the latest, the hottest and most trending issues in the country.
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