February 23 was declared as a Special Holiday in all schools nationwide. This declaration was based on the Proclamation No. 1728 signed by the Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita as ordered by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
According to Sec. Ermita, this special holiday for all private and government schools in all levels is in relation to the observance of the 23rd Anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution which brings reforms to the political, social and economic status of the Philippines. This serves as an inspiration to Filipinos everywhere.
This years 23rd EDSA Peoples Power Anniversary’s theme is ”Pag-asa ng Bayan: Sakripisyo sa Pagbabago Para sa Kaunlaran”. This commemoration pays honor to the patriotism, courage and humanity of those who participated in the EDSA People Power Revolution to restore democracy in the Philippines.