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Labor Day

Araw ng Manggagawa or Labor Day is a nonworking holiday celebrated on May 1 of every year in the Philippines. This day is to celebrate the achievements of workers all over the country. For years, this day is also often marked by demonstrations and rallies as the labor sector airs its grievances and fight to demand better working conditions. Labor Day in the Philippines was first celebrated in 1903, when the Philippines was still under U.S. rule. That year, more than a hundred thousand workers organized by the Union Obrero Democratica de Filipinas (UODF) marched to Malacañang on the first of May to demand better working conditions. The American colonial government was alarmed. The Philippine Constabulary, composed of Americans and Filipinos, raided the printing press of UODF and arrested its president, Dominador Gomez, for illegal assembly and sedition.

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