President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has declared Saturday, July 9, a regular holiday in observance of Eid’l Adha or the Muslim Feast of Sacrifice.

Marcos Jr. signed Proclamation No. 2 on July 5, in which he said Eid’l Adha, one of the two greatest feasts of Islam, should be observed subject to the public health measures of the government.

July 9 was the date recommended by the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos to be declared a national holiday in observance of Eid’l Adha.

About 6 percent of the Philippine population is Muslim.

Eid’l Adha commemorates Prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son, Ismail, as ordered by Allah.

This year will mark the ninth year the Philippines, a predominantly Catholic nation, will observe Eid’l Adha as a national holiday. John Ezekiel J. Hirro