THANKSGIVING STAPLE From left is Chef Dino Datu's whole Thanksgiving is this coming Nov. 25, the last Thursday of the month. And while this celebration is an American event, we Filipinos can't resist joining the party too! The American tradition goes back to the 1600s as a post-harvest thanksgiving festival. Then in 1789, President George Washington became the first president to proclaim a Thanksgiving holiday, designating Nov. 26, a Thursday, a "Day of National Thanksgiving." In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving to officially fall on the last Thursday of November. As an American colony, the Philippines celebrated Thanksgiving as a special public holiday on the same day as the United States. In 1935, under the Philippine Commonwealth government, President Manuel Quezon through Proclamation No. 9 designated Nov. 28, 1935, a Thursday, as a "Day of National Thanksgiving." In 1973, President Ferdinand Marcos moved this holiday to Sept. 21 through Proclamation No. 1181 (Proclamation No. 108,1 which placed the Philippines under Martial Law was dated Sept. 21, 1972) but this ceased to be observed after Filipinos were freed from Martial Law through the People Power Revolution of 1986. Thanksgiving is no longer an official holiday in the Philippines but some… Read full this story
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