Muntinlupa City Charter Day is the annual foundation anniversary in the city of Muntinlupa, Metro Manila, Philippines every first of March. It commemorates its cityhood in 1995 that was made possible through the passage of Republic Act No. 7926.
The first of March is also a holiday in the city by virtue of Republic Act No. 9191, otherwise known as An Act Declaring the First Day of March of Every Year as a Special Nonworking Holiday in the City of Muntinlupa to be known as the Muntinlupa City Charter Day. The law was approved by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on February 21, 2003.
History of Muntinlupa City Charter Day
Muntinlupa was part of the province of Tondo when the latter was founded in 1587. In 1632, it reportedly became part of the province of Laguna as a visita of the church in Calamba; yet historical records in the 18th century indicated that it belonged to the province of Tondo, which would later become known as province of Manila.
In 1869, it was organized into an independent municipality.
During the time of the American occupation, it was annexed to the district of Morong, which would later become the province of Rizal through Act No. 137 that was passed on June 11, 1901. It briefly was part of Laguna through Act No. 1008 on November 25, 1903, but it was restored to Rizal by virtue of Act No. 1308 on March 22, 1905.
Governor-General Francis Burton Harrison issued Executive Order 108 that declared Muntinlupa an independent municipality by separating from Rizal on December 19, 1917. Harrison thus is considered the Father of Modern Day Muntinlupa.
In World War II, the Japanese occupied the town and transformed the New Bilibid Prison to a camp and hospital. The Liberation Forces composed of the American military and Filipino guerillas pushed their way and freed thousand prisoners of war on February 4, 1945, marking its liberation.
In the post-war years, it became one of the cities and municipalities that comprised Metro Manila when it was created through Presidential Decree No. 824 that was signed on November 7, 1975.
Then on March 1, 1995, it became a city with the passage of Republic Act No. 7926, otherwise known as An Act Converting the Municipality of Muntinlupa into a Highly Urbanized City to be Known as the City of Muntinlupa. The law was signed by President Fidel V. Ramos on March 1, 1995, and this is the date that the charter anniversary commemorates yearly.
How to reach Muntinlupa City
Muntinlupa City is about 20 kilometers away from Ninoy Aquino International Airport through Metro Manila Skyway.
- REPUBLIC ACT NO. 9191, February 21, 2003. Supreme Court of the Philippines E-Library. Retrieved February 26, 2023
- Jonathan Hicap. Muntinlupa to mark 27th cityhood anniversary on March 1 with VP Robredo as guest of honor. Manila Bulletin. February 28, 2022. Retrieved February 26, 2023
- Republic Act 7926. Official Gazette. Retrieved February 26, 2023
- Presidential Decree No. 824, s. 1975. Official Gazette. Retrieved February 26, 2023
- History. City Government of Muntinlupa. Retrieved February 26, 2023
- History. Diocesan Shrine of Our Lady of the the Abandoned Parish. Retrieved February 26, 2023
- Act No. 137, June 11, 1901. Supreme Court of the Philippines E-Library. Retrieved February 26, 2023
- Act No. 1008. Acts of the Philippine Commission, No.1-1800, Issues 950-1251. United States. Philippine Commission (1900-1916). Retrieved February 26, 2023
- Act No. 1308, March 22, 1905. Lawyerly PH. Retrieved February 26, 2023
- Shrine of Our Lady of the Abandoned. Barangay Poblacion. Retrieved February 26, 2023
- Francis Burton Harrison was hailed as the “Father of Modern Day Muntinlupa”. Museo ng Muntinlupa. March 8, 2021. Retrieved February 26, 2023
- Liberation of Muntinlupa. Philippine Veterans Affairs Office. Retrieved February 26, 2023