Is January 30, 2017 a non-working holiday in the Philippines?

Is it holiday on Monday (January 30, 2017)? Please read the update below.

Is January 30, 2017 a non-working holiday in the Philippines? - Miss Universe 2016-2017

Netizens are searching the Internet if January 30, 2017 is a non-working holiday in the Philippines. The answer is that the coronation day of Miss Universe 2016 has not been declared yet as a special non-working holiday.

Media outlets clarified that there was a motion only from Quezon City Rep. Winston Castelo to declare Monday (January 30) as a national holiday, dashing the hopes of many netizens who received word that it was.

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Castelo, who is also the chairman of House committee on Metro Manila Development, said that declaring the said date a holiday will give Filipinos the opportunity to watch the international pageant and to give support for Maxine Medina, the country’s representative.

“Last hosted by the Philippines in 1994, the much awaited competition of beautiful women from across the globe would be held right here in our country, in Manila actually, so the more the occasion becomes very relevant for all of us,” Castelo said in a statement.

He added that declaration of special non-working holiday by President Duterte will also suspend classes in all school levels, thus, give the country’s youth the chance to watch the event.

The much-awaited pageant Miss Universe 2016 will be held at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City on January 30. Reports said that the live broadcast of the competition will draw 500 million viewers worldwide.