THE Embassy of the United States of America in Manila and its affiliated offices will be closed to the public on Monday, February 15, in observance of Presidents’ Day, an American holiday. The Embassy and its affiliated offices will resume services on Tuesday, February 16. Until the mid-1970s, the Feb. 22 birthday of George Washington, hero of the Revolutionary War and first president of the United States, was a national holiday. In addition, the Feb. 12 birthday of Abraham Lincoln, the president during the Civil War (1861-1865), was a holiday in most states. In the 1970s, the U.S. Congress declared that in order to honor all past presidents of the United States, a single holiday, to be called Presidents’ Day, would be observed on the third Monday in February.