The Province of Cebu celebrates its 447th Founding Anniversary with the theme: “Serbisyong Tinud-anay, Kalambuan nga Tiunay” on August 6, 2016.
447th Founding Anniversary Cebu
August 6 of every year is a special non-working public holiday throughout Cebu as stipulated by Republic Act 8952. The law was enacted in 2000 during the administration of former President Joseph Ejercito Estrada.
The day is also a holiday in Cebu City and Mandaue City as well as in Lapu-Lapu, Danao, and Toledo.
Republic Act No. 8952
CONGRESS OF THE PHILIPPINES H. No. 8048
Second Regular Session }
REPUBLIC ACT NO. 8952
AN ACT AMENDING REPUBLIC ACT NO. 7698 DECLARING AUGUST 6 OF EVERY YEAR A SPECIAL NONWORKING PUBLIC HOLIDAY IN THE PROVINCE OF CEBU TO INCLUDE ITS HIGHLY URBANIZED CITIES OF CEBU AND MANDAUE AND ITS COMPONENT CITIES OF LAPULAPU, DANAO AND TOLEDO
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the Philippines in Congress assembled:
SECTION 1. Section 2 of Republic Act No. 7698 is hereby amended to read as follows:
“SEC. 2. August six of every year is hereby declared a special nonworking public holiday for the Province of Cebu including its highly urbanized cities of Cebu and Mandaue and its component cities of Lapulapu, Danao and Toledo.”
SEC. 2. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.
Approved, August 31, 2000.
On August 1, 2016, Governor Hilario P. Davide III and Vice-Governor Agnes Magpale led the opening rites attended by all town mayors and vice mayors and district representatives of the province.
Interestingly, Cebuanos had been celebrating August 6 as their province’s foundation day since 1993 – or years before RA 8952 was enacted. At that time, Cebu’s provincial council stressed that King Philip II’s appointment of Miguel Lopez de Legazpi as governor of Cebu on August 6, 1569 “marked the foundation, although loosely, of a province of Cebu.”
It must be remembered that the Philippines was named after King Philip II.