Have you seen the circulating Inquirer.net’s story, Oct. 15 declared a holiday[1]? Sure it made a surge in traffic as it was hardly shared on social media these past days but unfortunately, people have been sharing a year-old headline without reading the content. October 15 was indeed a holiday – last year – in the observance of the Muslim Feast of Sacrifice or Eid’l Adha.

This year’s Eid’l Adha was already celebrated last Monday, October 6, 2014

Oct. 15, 2014: Special Non-Working Day in Bohol

Philippines Earthquake
Damaged cars lie under a rubble outside the GMC Plaza Building in Cebu, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013. AP/Chester Baldicantos

According to the state-run Philippine Information Agency, “Oct. 15 is a special non-Working Holiday in Bohol to commemorate the first anniversary of the earthquake. It’s prayer and thanksgiving per Proclamation 887.” Bohol was hit by a magnitude-7.2 quake that devastated the province, heavily damaging historic churches there last year.

According to the report of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, 222 people were reported killed while 976 were injured and eight were reported missing. The quake affected 671,103 families or 3,221,248 people in 1,527 barangays in 60 towns in six cities in six provinces of Western and Central Visayas.