Evelio Javier Day

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Evelio Javier Day
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Monument of Evelio B. Javier in San Jose, Antique.
Official name Governor Evelio B. Javier Day
Observed by Four provinces on Panay Island, the Philippines
Significance Marks the day in 1986 that Gov. Javier was assassinated, which led in part to the successful People Power Revolution later that month.
Date February 11
Next time 11 February 2016 (2016-02-11)
Frequency annual
Related to EDSA Revolution Anniversary

Evelio Javier Day, officially Governor Evelio B. Javier Day, is a special non-working public holiday in the Philippines to "commemorate the death anniversary of the late Governor Evelio B. Javier" in the four provinces that comprisePanay Island, the Philippines, specifically Antique, Capiz, Aklan, and Iloilo.[1] It has been a holiday on Panay Island every year since 1987.[2]

Evelio Javier was a politician who was assassinated in the closing days of Ferdinand Marcos's presidency.[3] A staunch supporter of then-presidential candidate Corazon Aquino, he was shot on February 11, 1986 four days after the Snap Elections of 1986 were held but while the counting was continuing.[3] The assassination of Evelio Javier helped lead to Marcos's fall from power during the People Power Revolution,[3] His assassination is seen as a tipping point in Marcos's fall.[3]

Javier was killed in Freedom Park in San Jose, Antique allegedly under orders from former Assemblyman and Marcos ally Arturo Pacificador but Pacificador was acquitted of charges in 2004.[3] Today Freedom Park is the center of Javier Day celebrations.

References[edit]

  1. ^ AN ACT DECLARING FEBRUARY 11 OF EACH YEAR GOVERNOR EVELIO B. JAVIER DAY, A SPECIAL NON-WORKING PUBLIC HOLIDAY IN THE PROVINCES OF ANTIQUE, CAPIZ, AKLAN AND ILOILO, June 3, 1992, retrieved 2008-06-16 
  2. ^ DELOS SANTOS, Alex C. (16 February 2011). "Why Evelio Javier is a hero". Antikenyo Takun. Retrieved 11 February 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Palisada, Stanley (02/11/2011). "Remembering Evelio Javier". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 8 February 2013.  Check date values in: |date= (help)

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