The National Heroes Day is an annual celebration in the Philippines pursuant to Republic Act 9492, declaring the last Monday of August, every year a national holiday to honor all the known and unknown heroes of the country who have once fought for the freedom the later generation is enjoying
The celebration began during the American Colonial Period.
* Republic Act No. 3827 on October 28, 1931 declared every last Sunday of August for the occasion.
* The celebration was at first celebrated on November 30, same day as we celebrate the Bonifacio Day by virtue of Act No. 2946 s. 1921.
* November 30, 1941 was the last National Heroes Day celebration before the World War II.
* During the Japanese period, national heroes day was celebrated on Nov. 30, which the then Pres. Jose P. Laurel through Executive Order No. 20 signed on March 20, 1942.
* In 1942, Pres. Elpidio Quirino reverted back the celebration to the last Sunday of August.
* During the term of Pres. Corozon Aquino, National Heroes Day was declared a regular holiday every last Sunday of August.
* Pres. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, signed in July 24, 2007 Republic Act 9492, amending the declaration of Pres. Aquino to celebrate the heroes day every last Monday of August. The very reason that Pres. Arroyo changed the day of celebration is her program, “Holiday Economics”, which aimed to reduce work disruptions by moving holidays to the nearest Monday or Friday of the week, allowing for longer weekends and boosting domestic leisure and tourism.
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