SP Catanduanes seeks declaration of October 26 as special holiday

VIRAC, Catanduanes, September 9, 2016 – The Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) has passed resolution earnestly requesting President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to declare October 26, 2016 as special (non-working) holiday in Catanduanes in commemoration of the province's Foundation Anniversary.

In the resolution sponsored by provincial board member Jose Romeo R. Francisco, it was stated that that on October 26, 2016 the province of Catanduanes will be observing its 71st Foundation Anniversary and various activities had been set showcasing local culture and tradition as  well as local products and industry.

Francisco also cited that it is but fitting and proper that the entire constituency of the province, from all walks of life-be given the opportunity to participate in the observance so that they would be able to fully cherish and enjoy the significance and relevance of the historic occasion.

The National Historical Commission of the Philippines, in response to a query by the previous Sanggunian, presented in detail Catanduanes’ humble beginnings, to wit: “…the Province of Catanduanes was an established settlement prior to Spanish contract. It was part of the encomienda of ‘Vicor (Bicol)-Camarines’ around 1591, and attached to the Province of Albay until established as a politico-military unit with its capital at Virac.

In 1898, the Philippine Revolutionary government established Catanduanes as an independent province with its seat at Virac. In 1901, the island of Catanduanes was reattached to Albay Province through Act no. 1557 of 1906, and an independent province per Commonwealth act (C.A.) No. 687, which states that, ‘On the thirtieth day after the approval of this Act, the Sub-province of Catanduanes shall be separated from the Province of Albay and shall constitute a separate independent province, which shall be called the province of Catanduanes’ (Sec. 1).

Records at the Supreme Court library and House of Representatives show that said law was signed approved by President Osmena on 26 September 1945, marking this date the founding anniversary of the Province of Catanduanes.” (MAL/EAB-PIA5/Catanduanes)


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