June 24 was declared a special non-working holiday in city of Manila in honor of 450 years since its founding.
This was issued through Proclamation No. 1167 signed by executive secretary Salvador Medialdea, including a reminder for the public to follow safety and health protocols.
“It is but fitting and proper that the people of the City of Manila be given full opportunity to celebrate and participate in the occasion with appropriate ceremonies, subject to community quarantine, social distancing, and other public health measures,” it read.
Manila Day celebrations also included the return of racing festivities at the Manila Jockey Club in Carmona, Cavite. Nine trophy races will have added cash prizes and trophies to the owner of the winning horse. Last year, the races did not take place, but was brought back thanks to the efforts of Manila Tondo Congressman Manny Lopez.
Several roads were also closed and traffic rerouted starting at 6:30 a.m.: Roxas Blvd northbound lane from Pres. Quirino Avenue to Katigbak Drive; stretch of Roxas Blvd Service Road from Pres. Quirino Ave to P. Gil Street; San Andres St. from M.H. Del Pilar from Roxas Blvd Service Road; Remedios St. from M.H. Del Pilar from Roxas Blvd Service Road.
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