Bill declaring Mama Mary’s birthday a special holiday gains support

November 23, 2018

A measure which seeks to declare September 8  a special working holiday in celebration of the birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary is getting support from the lawmakers.

The House Committee on Revision of Laws chaired by Pangasinan Rep. Marlyn Primicias-Agabas approved House Bill 7856, principally authored by Ilocos Norte Rep.. Rodolfo Fariñas.

Solons said this is to commemorate the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Fariñas said that based on the General Roman Calendar, September 8 is the ninth month following the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception  of Mary which is celebrated on December 8.

Fariñas said Republic Act No. 10966 which he authored declared December 8 of every year a special nonworking holiday all over the country to commemorate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, Patroness of the Philippines.

“This was enacted on December 28, 2017 to enable Filipino Catholics to venerate and celebrate their devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary,” Fariñas explained.

He added that though there were no exact accounts or documents providing for the birth of Mary, the “Protoevangelium of James” which was written at the early years of the 2nd century, filled in the historical accounts and provided for the evolution of the Christian belief and the development of Christian piety.