By Leslie Ann G. Aquino
Outgoing Lipa Archbishop Ramon Arguelles welcomed the approval on third and final reading of House Bill 5241 declaring every December 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, as a special non-working holiday.
The prelate said the Blessed Mother deserves a special commemoration since Filipinos love Mary.
“The Blessed Mother and Her Pueblo Amante de Maria (a people in love with Mary) deserve this special commemoration,” said Arguelles.
“This pro-life nation needs very badly the intervention of the country’s Patroness,” he added.
In Batangas, the prelate said for several years December 8 is a non-working holiday.
Arguelles added that from December 1 to 8, they observe Ala E’ Festival which included procession and exposition of all patron saints of 64 Batangas parishes.
Batangas, he said, also declared September 8, Mama Mary’s birthday as a non-working holiday, approved by the former and current presidents.
“I am happy (with this development),” said Arguelles.
House Bill 5241 is authored by House Majority leader and Ilocos Norte First District Rep. Rodolfo C. Fariñas and was endorsed for plenary approval by the Committee on Revision of Laws chaired by Rep. Marlyn L. Primicias Agabas (6th District of Pangasinan).