Aquino declares May 21 a special non-working day in Malabon City to mark its 413th Foundation Day

May 4, 2012 10:02 pm 

MANILA, May 4 — President Benigno S. Aquino III has declared May 21, which falls on a Monday, as a special (non-working) day in the city of Malabon in commemoration of its 413th Foundation Day.

The Chief Executive issued the declaration through Proclamation No. 367 signed by Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr. on April 17, 2012 to give the people of Malabon the full opportunity to celebrate and participate in the occasion with appropriate ceremonies.

Malabon was once called Tambobong and was established more than 400 years ago. The former name originated from the numerous tambo (reed)grass growing in the area. In 1599, Tambobong came under the administration of the Augustinian Friars as a parish along with the town of Navotas.

During the Spanish Era, the place became known as Malabon. The name came from the words maraming labong, which means "plenty of labong," referring to the edible bamboo shoots.

After the American Revolution (1896-1898), Malabon became a town of Rizal Province through the Philippine Commission Act No. 137.

It was reunited with the town of Navotas through the Philippine Commission Act No. 942. Six years later, on Jan. 6, 1906, Malabon and Navotas were reestablished as two distinct towns. (PNA) RMA/PCOO/ssc

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