Duterte declares December 4 holiday in Cebu province


Malacañang has declared December 4, a special non-working holiday in Cebu province to commemorate the late former senator and governor Sergio “Serging” Osmeña Jr.

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea issued Proclamation No. 1056 on December 1.

It amended Proclamation No. 1053 which was signed on November 18, 2020, to include the three independent cities – Cebu, Mandaue, and Lapu-Lapu. (

“It is but fitting and proper that the people of the Province of Cebu and the cities of Cebu, Lapu-Lapu, and Mandaue be given full opportunity to celebrate and participate in the occasion with appropriate ceremonies, subject to community quarantine, social distancing, and other public health measures,” a portion of the proclamation read.

President Rodrigo Duterte earlier issued a presidential proclamation declaring Friday, a special holiday for the entire province in honor of Serging.

The proclamation, however, did not specifically mention it also covered the tri-cities of Cebu, Mandaue, and Lapu-Lapu.

This prompted Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella to submit his manifestation to Medialdea adopting the holiday for Cebu City as well.