Long Weekend 2014

Heads up LCCians!

It will be a long weekend for most of us for this week. There will be NO CLASSES AND OFFICES this coming Friday, January 31, 2014 for the Chinese New Year and also on Monday February 3, 2014 for the Province of Bulacan to celebrate the birthday of the late Hon. Blas Ople.

Make use of your free time wisely. Please disseminate information.

Chinese New Year Explained:

New Year is one of China’s oldest festivals. It marks the beginning of a new year and a new agricultural season, and is considered a time for loved ones to reunite and take part in traditions designed to bring good fortune for the next 12 months.

The noise and colour come from one of the legends associated with the celebrations – that of the beast Nian, a monster which would appear at the end of every year and attack people. Villagers worked out that loud noise, bright lights and the colour red kept Nian at bay, and so the seeds of Chinese New Year celebrations were sown.

Chinese New Year is held each year between 21 January and 20 February. The main celebration will be held this year on 31 January, although the festival will begin a day earlier. The Chinese calendar’s origins can be traced back as far as the 14th century BC. This year’s celebrations will mark the beginning of the year 4712 on the Chinese calendar.

Read more: http://www.theweek.co.uk/arts-life/57103/chinese-new-year-2014-year-horse-explained#ixzz2rptyZ2Vr

Bulacan Day – Blas Ople Day:

It is declared that February 3 is a  special non-working day in the province of Bulacan to mark the 86th birth anniversary of the late Senator Blas Ople.

“Ople, who served as Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Senate President and Secretary of Labor, had devoted decades of his life to selfless dedicated and sincere service to our country and our people,” Proclamation No. 323, issued by Aquino, said.

Ople was born in Hagonoy, Bulacan on February 3, 1927 to Felix Antonio Ople, a craftsman who repaired boats, and Segundina Fajardo.

He graduated valedictorian of his grade school class at the Hagonoy Elementary School in 1941.

When Japan invaded the Philippines, the teenaged Ople joined the guerilla movement and fought under the Del Pilar Regiment and the Buenavista Regiment of the Bulacan Military Area founded by Alejo Santos.

In 1948, he finished his high school at Far Eastern University then worked towards a degree in liberal arts at the Educational Center of Asia (formerly Quezon College) in Manila.

Ople pursued a career in journalism.

He later held several high-ranking positions in the executive and legislative branches of the Philippine government, including Senate President from 1999 to 2000, and Secretary of Foreign Affairs from 2002 until his death.

He died on December 14, 2003.

Read more: http://www.blasoplecenter.com 

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