Marian devotees can now celebrate as senate unanimously passed on third and final reading House bill 5241 declaring December 8 a non-special working holiday.
December 8 marks the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary for Catholics devotees.
The bill was authored by Majority Leader and Ilocos Norte Rep. Rodolfo C. Fariñas, who was recently under the ire of Catholic church leaders. Fariñas strongly pushed for the quick approval of the death penalty bill.
According to Fariñas, the Immaculate Conception is one of the most celebrated feast that is highly observed by members of the Catholic Church. The house also took into consideration that the Philippines is predominantly Catholic. In fact, it is on third place in terms of biggest population of Catholic members in the world.
House bill 5241 was endorsed for approval by the House Committee on Revision of Law chaired by Pangasinan Rep. Marlyn Primicias-Agabas.
Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary is a celebration solemn belief in the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
It is universally celebrated on December 8, nine months before the feast of the Nativity of Mary, which is celebrated on September 8.
It is one of the most important Marian feasts in the liturgical calendar of the Roman Catholic Church, celebrated worldwide. (Source: Wikipedia)