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February 3, non-working holiday in Bulacan
Tuesday, 01 February 2011
CITY OF MALOLOS —Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado has declared February 3 a non-working holiday in Bulacan in commemoration of the 84th birth anniversary of the late Gat. Blas Ople.

Alvarado said that as a tribute to the great Bulakenyo statesman, the Provincial Government Bulacan (PGB) has declared February 3 as a non-working holiday as stated in Chapter II, Section 27 of The New Provincial Administrative Code of Bulacan.

He also said that the PGB through Provincial Youth, Sports, Employment, Arts and Culture Office has lined up a series of activities that will begin with an offering of flowers on the Ople monument and a short program to mark the occasion in front of the Gat. Blas Ople Building, Capitol Compound at 8am.

Senator Sergio Osmeña is expected to grace the event as the guest of honor as well as the heads and employees of the capitol.
Alvarado described Ople as one of the illustrious son of Bulacan whose leadership and wisdom should be emulated.

Gat. Blas Ople was a Filipino journalist and politician who held several high-ranking positions in the executive and legislative branches of the Philippine government, including as Senate President from 1999 to 2000, and as Secretary of Foreign Affairs from 2002 until his death.

Ka Blas was also known as the “Father of Overseas Employment" and the author of the Philippine Labor Code.

Ople was born in Hagonoy, Bulacan on February 3, 1927 to Felix Antonio Ople and wife Segundina Fajardo. During World War II, Ople joined the guerrilla movement and fought under the Del Pilar regiment and the Buenavista Regiment of the Bulacan Military Area then headed by Alejo Santos.###

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