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news flash!

Posted on Oct 23, 2009 under current events | No Comment

Let me share this great news… great for us employees, bad for the employers. Hehe. :D

The public can look forward to two long weekends in November.

Through Proclamation No. 1669, Malacañang has declared November 1 and 2 (Sunday and Monday) as special non-working holidays in observance of the All Saints Day and All Soul’s Day, respectively. [See: Malacañang issues list of 2009 holidays]

The second long weekend will be on November 27 and 28, which will fall on a Friday and a Saturday. The declaration was in connection with the Filipino Muslims’ celebration of Eid al-Adha or Feast of Sacrifice. [See: Arroyo declares Nov. 27 and 28 as holidays]

Eid al-Adha, known as the “Greater Eid, is the second major Islamic festival, which marks the end of the Haj (pilgrimage) for the millions of Muslims who make the trip to Makkah (Mecca) in Saudi Arabia each year. The other festival, Eid al-Fitr, marks the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

Eid al-Adha, is in commemoration of Ibrahim’s (Abraham’s) willingness to sacrifice his son for Allah (God).It is celebrated by an estimated 1.6 billion Muslims all over the world, including the 10 million Muslim Filipinos in the country.

The declaration of these dates as national non-working holiday will allow more Filipino Muslims to go to Makkah in Saudi Arabia for a pilgrimage.

November 30, the following Monday, was also declared as special non-working holiday in observance of Bonifacio Day. Aie Balagtas See, GMANews.TV

Yah! Friends from abroad - eat your hearts out! :D

PUJ strike!

Posted on Jun 30, 2008 under blahs, current events, life in the office | No Comment
I woke up this morning to a text message my officemate sent. She said that public utility jeepneys are on strike. How would I come to work? Get a taxi? Or will I just be absent? The latter is very much a tempting option however i can’t be absent. I have to be at work and get things done. I got up and got ready to leave. True enough, the roads aree empty of PUJs. Private vehicles rule the streets. I finally was able to hail a cab after waiting for quite some time. Of course, during strikes, cabs are in demand and some drivers would even charge than usual. I was surprised to notice that starting from Fuente circle down to Lapulapu bridge, traffic was congested! Why the heavy traffic when there are no jeepneys around? Unbelievable!

Here at work, administrators decided to allow everyone to go home as early as 5:30pm and offered some lift from hired busses. I’m still at work now, i hope the transport strike is over when i’m out.