Aquino declared September 12 holiday in Lipa City and Siquijor province

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September 12, 2012 is 9th National Pilgrimage to Lipa, a national day of prayer for world peace and sanctification of the clergy. With this year theme, Mary’s faith: Our faith, for the evangelization of Asia, activities will be started as early as September 8, 2012 with a fluvial procession. Then a series of mass will be held from September 9 to 11 and an overnight vigil. Moreover, activities on September 12 will be started by a dawn procession at 4:00 a.m.

Furthermore, according to some devotees, this national day of prayer event is a commemoration of several apparitions of Our Lady at Lipa in the past and a historical event of “Shower of Roses” by Our Mary Mediatrix of all Grace at the Carmelite Chapel in Barangay Antipolo del Norte, Lipa City.

Because Lipa City will host thousands of devotees for this event, President Aquino signed the Proclamation No. 463 on August 25, 2012 declaring September 12, 2012, Wednesday, as a special non-working day in Lipa City.

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Meanwhile, on August 14, 2012, President Aquino signed the Proclamation No. 458 declaring September 12, 2012, as a special non-working day in the municipality of Siquijor in the commemoration of its 40th year as the capital town of the province.

Quick Facts

Capital: Siquijor
Land Area: 343 sq km
Population: 91,066 as of May 2010 (Source:
Cities: None
Number of Towns: 6

A Brief History

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Legend has it that Siquijor rose from the sea amid thunder and lightning. To support this, fossils of clams and other sea creatures can be found in the interior highlands.

The islands´s native name was Katugasan derived from “tugas”, molave trees that covered the hills. It was earlier known to the Spaniards as “Isla del Fuego” (Island of Fire) because of the swarm of fireflies that proliferate the area.

Its present name is claimed to have been after King Kihod, its legendary ruler. Another version says it came from “quipjod”, a native term meaning “the tide was ebbing”. In time, the name “Siquijod” evolved until the “d” was changed to “r” for Spanish euphony.

From 1683 to the end of the Spanish occupation, Siquijor was under the ecclesiastical authorities in Cebu. For some time, it was administered politically by Bohol. In 1901, it became a sub-province of Negros Oriental and remained as such until September 17, 1971 when it became a separate province.

Larena, the ecclesiastical and trading center, was the capital of the island until 1972. A proclamation was later made and the capital was transferred to the town of Siquijor.


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