Guides and Holidays 5
certain extent, but the only unit .that the tourist is likely to encounter nat l'"''a a '"easure of length much used in connection with the abo'T - s are commonly made in pieces of 24 varas (i.e.,
th 22.yards, 1 vara being nearly 33 inches). Some knowledge of j e system is necessary, as the average Filipino knows noth-
g Of English weights and measures. In the text practically all a stances are given in the metric system.
j- Guides. There are no professional guides having official
tra A nS ' English language is spreading so rapidly, that if
ah ! speak English, they -will find no great difficulty in going com without them, unless they go far into the interior of the untry. However, guides are no doubt a great convenience. Into . professional guides, young men from schools can be engaged f7) / a5,Suides' on application to the Manila Merchants' Association So ~a'"a B'Ming, Plaza Goiti, Sta. Cruz) or to Thos. Cook e j * hese A amateur guides ' are very useful to newcomers, supply-g them with all needed information. The charge for a student-Srm.e Is per % day, P2.75 per day. Petty Filipino officials in
interior of the country do not, as a rule, speak English, but they
ne-ilnvarlably kind and oWiginA
to newcomers. In a place where will -f an hotel nor a rest'llouse is t0 be found, the local officials olh -aPPlied to, generally find some kind of accommodation and 6rw.lse act as guides to those wishing to view the interesting B"ts in the locality.
Holidays tn the Philippines. jan Legal Holidays. Roman Catholic Holidays.
F "h" Day Jan. 1 a Circumcision
. 22a Washington's Birthday Jan. 6. Epiphany
7r' Holy Thursday A cb' A unr
Apr. 2 hip., Mar, 10. St. Joseph
fttav t Fr,day Mar. 25. Annunciation
y 1. Labour Day May 24. Ascension
,ay 30. Memorial Dav June '4- Corpus Christi
June ia . Ri l. a . ' June 29. St. Peter e St. Paul
July 1 i f , "hday July as. St. James the Apostle
Aut independence Day Sept. 8. Nativity of the Blessed Virgin.
v s' 13- Occupation Day Nov. 1. All Saints
20v- "6. Thankseivine Dav Dec- 8- Immaculate Conception
0cc- 25. r ,,;a ~ t-T Dec. 25. Nativity of Jesus Christ
fee. i Christmas Day Dec. 30. St. Andrew the Apostle (for City
s a Kizal Day of Manila Intramuros only)
n thl Carnival, or Manila's Annual Festival, celebrated
the a 1!ace Field, during one week in February, is undoubtedly
Wh-5S- of all the festivals in the Islands, half holida '' iajts' mn5t tll : town puts on festival garb and takes a series of tlle ground S* arl dominos become familiar sights in the public streets. Within forinances * usuat amusement features, a hippodrome with spectacular percent by the A tensive and interesting exhibits of the products of the Islands, Paradesa .mirA VI"CIa' Sovernments, the scholars, and private concerns. Elaborate PA pular com 1ry" 'ndustrial, and carnivala and great balls, both exclusive and neld is the programme. The time of the year when the carnival is
'he intending .var,.ety of reasons, the best in which to visit the Philippines, and take in th' ? A ur,st would do well to lay his plans in such a manner as tg nest part of it."