According to the Proclamation No. 154June 19, 2011 marks the 150th birth anniversary of Dr. Jose Rizal, the Philippines national hero.

The Malacanang Palace declared June 20, 2011 as a special non-working holiday to commemorate the 150th birthday of the country’s national hero, Dr. Jose P. Rizal.

The proclamation further declared that to give all Filipinos the opportunity to commemorate Rizal’s patriotic deeds and sacrifices for the country, rekindle their admiration and respect for him, and to celebrate this milestone with appropriate ceremonies, the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) requested that Monday, June 20, 2011, be declared as special non-working holiday instead of June 19, 2011, which falls on a Sunday.