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Proclamation No. 339, s. 2012

MALACAÑAN PALACE

MANILA

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINES

PROCLAMATION NO. 339

DECLARING THE MONTH OF AUGUST OF EVERY YEAR AS HISTORY MONTH, THEREBY TRANSFERRING THE OBSERVANCE OF HISTORY WEEK FROM 15 TO 21 SEPTEMBER TO THE MONTH OF AUGUST

WHEREAS, History Week is observed from 15 to 21 September of every year by virtue of Proclamation No. 1304 (s. 1974);

WHEREAS, there is a need to transfer the observance of History Week from 15 to 21 September to the whole month of August and rename the occasion as “History Month” to emphasize the most significant turning points in Philippine history;

WHEREAS, major events in the nation’s history occurred in the month of August which concludes with National Heroes Day on 30 August; and

WHEREAS, a week of observance is not enough to undertake various activities given the richness and diversity of our nation’s history.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BENIGNO S. AQUINO, III, President of the Philippines, by virtue of the powers vested in me by law, do hereby declare the month of August of every year as “History Month.”

Proclamation No. 1304 (s. 1974) is hereby repealed.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the Republic of the Philippines to be affixed.

DONE, in the City of Manila, this 16th day of February, in the year of Our Lord, Two Thousand and Twelve.

(Sgd.) BENIGNO S. AQUINO III

By the President

(SGD.) PAQUITO N. OCHOA, JR.

Executive Secretary

(SGD.) PAQUITO N. OCHOA, JR.

Executive Secretary

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  1. Is singkil the authentic Filipino dance?

    It’s time for singkil to become the National Dance.

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    • It’s indigenous only to the Maranáo who were not even Christianized/Filipinized. So dream on. Anyway, dreaming costs you nothing.

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      • Is singkil the authentic Filipino dance?

        I’ve met Pinoys who believe otherwise (especially the hispanophobic “Pinoy Pride/Maharlika” advocates). They think tinikling is the “bastardized” version because of its abhorrent Hispanic influences (like the hand and leg movements accompanied by the obviously Hispanic-influenced rondalla melody). Singkil is more representative of the native Philippine culture before the arrival of the Spaniards. It is also elegant and exotic, traditionally danced by royal women, unlike the plebeian hispanicized tinikling dance.

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        • And here you are, implying to me that being Filipino should not have any Hispanic influence when you yourself are using the term “Philippine culture” (the word “Philippine” is itself derived from the Spanish) . Hilarious.

          And what is “abhorrent” with Hispanic influence? Hilarious.

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