Another List: Non-Working Holidays in the Philippines

Since hubby is currently engaged in deep conversation with someone from the San Francisco Symphony (We are second-year subscribers, natch, and there’s a Tchaikovsky piano concert we’re attending tonight), self will attempt to distract herself from eavesdropping by engaging in some useful activity.

Luckily, she has close at hand a list she cut out of The Philippine Star of 9 January 2009.  The plan for the day is to mark these in her calendar, so she can post something commemmorative on each of these days.  We’ll see.  (This is probably # 57 of her 2009 New Year’s Resolutions 🙂 )  Looking over the list, self thinks she’ll probably have to be pretty creative to say something about “Last Day of the Year Holiday”, Dec. 31.  Which is usually a holiday here, too, in the States, only we call it “New Year’s Eve.”

In addition, self only just noticed that the list of holidays begins with June 12.  Wha’ happened to the first half of the year?  Holy Week and so forth and so on?  Oh well, let’s just say this is an abbreviated list :

Independence Day:    June 12

Ninoy Aquino Day:    Aug. 21

National Heroes’ Day:   Aug. 31

All Saints’ Day:    Nov. 1

Bonifacio Day:    Nov. 30


Rizal Day:    Dec. 30

Last Day of the Year:    Dec. 31

When Self Was in Manila

She wrote in this room . . .

Writing Desk, Manila

Writing Desk, Manila

and on this bed . . .


Note, in picture # 1, two items that were essential to self’s comfort:  to the left of laptop, bottled water; to the right, bottle of Off! mosquito repellent.

A Noel Alumit Play Opens in Chicago

Noel's play opens in Chicago

Noel's play opens in Chicago

Isn’t that a great poster, dear blog readers?  The play is being presented by a group called Pintig which was founded in April 1991, “with a mission to serve as a voice of the Filipino American community by engaging in active cultural work —  using art as a means to celebrate the community’s rich history and culture.”

Self is sure there is a version of Pintig in every city in America.  Right here in San Francisco, there’s her beloved KulArts, and in addition there are the cities with chapters of the Filipino American National Historical Society, like the one in Seattle, with Bob Flor.  So many homegrown cultural groups, all proud to showcase Filipino and Filipino American artists!

Here’s a quote from the press release:

For its 17th Theater Season, Pintig CIRCA opens the New Year with Noel Alumit’s Mr. & Mrs. LaQuesta Go Dancing, a one-act play about love and healing. Jay and Lori La Questa, a middle-aged Filipino couple, are having their annual dance party. Mixed with food and their usual rhythmic gait through tango and cha cha, they gather friends as they always have to celebrate life and honor their only son, Boyett. To the outside world, the dance party may seem celebratory and candid but to their inner selves, it is a night of healing, reconciliation and catharsis from an experience that altered their lives forever. And this they would do in a way they know best – through dancing. As they dance the night away, they find themselves retelling stories about their son, both bitter and sweet, finding new meaning from a past that continues to haunt them in their search for peace and acceptance.

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