We’re almost done with 2016 and we’re running out of 2017 holidays (see full list of 2017 holidays), so it’s always a good idea to plan the vacation schedule for the incoming year, 2017. No work, just time to travel on these non-working holidays. So, per Proclamation No. 269, series of 2017, here’s the official list of the nationwide holidays for 2018: Continue reading 2018 Holidays: Official List of Philippine Holidays
Proclamation No. 235, s. 2017
Declaring Monday, 26 June 2017, as a Regular Holiday Throughout the Country in Observance of Eid’l Fitr (Feast of Ramadan)
WHEREAS, Republic Act No. 9177 declared Eid’l Fitr (Feast of Ramadan) as a regular holiday throughout the country;
WHEREAS, Eid’l Fitr is celebrated by the Muslim world for three (3) days after the end of the month of fasting;
WHEREAS, the entire Filipino nation should have the full opportunity to join their Muslim brothers and sisters in peace and harmony in the observance and celebration of Eid’l Fitr;
WHEREAS, the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos has recommended to declare Monday, 26 June 2017, as a national holiday in observance of Eid’l Fitr (Feast of Ramadan); and
WHEREAS, in order to bring the religions and cultural significance of the Eid’l Fitr to the fore of national consciousness, it is necessary to declare Monday, 26 June 2017, as a regular holiday throughout the country.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, RODRIGO ROA DUTERTE, President of the Philippines, by virtue of the powers vested in me by law, do hereby declare Monday, 26 June 2017, as a regular holiday throughout the country in observance of Eid’l Fitr (Feat of Ramadan).
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the Republic of the Philippines to be affixed.
Done in the City of Manila, this 16th day of June, in the year of Our Lord, Two Thousand and Seventeen.
By the President:
SALVADOR C. MEDIALDEA
The newest tourism ad campaign of the Philippines, released to coincide with the 119th celebration of Independence Day, is entitled “Sights.” This, according to the Department of Tourism (DoT), is a call to action (“Experience the Philippines“) under the bigger It’s More Fun of the Philippines. The video ends with the quote “Life Feels Better When With Filipinos.” To recall, when the tagline/ad campaign It’s More Fun of the Philippines was released, it was criticized for being subpar to the old one (“WoW Philippines”) and is purportedly a copycat of another country’s old campaign. The same criticisms are being thrown against the “Sights” campaign. Watch the video and tell us what you think. Continue reading Video: “Sights” (Experience the Philippines, It’s More Fun in the Philippines)
We’re on the safe side when we say everbody loves the beach. Ok, perhaps not everybody, but almost everybody, and we bet if you’re reading this, you’re most likely a beach bum. Or a beach lover. Now, imagine enjoying the beach the whole day, frolicking in crystal-clear waters off the the town of Bais, Negros Oriental, then, at the end of the day, going home to the same beach? Or sandbar, to be more specific. That’s the Manjuyod Sandbar, a 7-kilometer stretch of white sand in the middle of the sea, around 15 minutes by boat from the mainland, with huts that can be rented for overnight stays through the Bais City Tourism Office. The sandbar disappears during high tide (imagine waking up in the morning and jumping straight into the sea) and reappears during low tide (imagine forgetting that it’s low tide and jumping into the sea). It’s oftentimes called the “Maldives of the Philippines,” although we’re undecided whether we should be happy with the label (the Philippines has the best beaches in the world, so what’s the point of comparing it to Maldives?). Here, look at this photo by Damzel (check her Instagram account, @missdamzel, for more photos). Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Be a Beach Bum at the Manjuyod Sandbar (Bais, Negros Oriental): Photo of the Day
What’s the breakfast of champions? Yes, we know, we can have a debate based on science and nutritionists will most likely win. In our book, however, it’s danggit. Yes, that deboned and sliced little dried fish that is popular at the Taboan Dried Fish Maket in Cebu City. If you put it side by side with bacon, spam and all the works on a buffet table, we’ll still pick danggit. Every. Single. Time. Just dip in suka (vinegar), lump it with a little rice, and you’re good to go. It’s so popular in this side of the world that it’s usually bought as pasalubong (then again, this kind of gift-giving is probably unique to Filipinos, right?). The concept of pasalubong is a bit hard to explain, but suffice it to say that it’s bought in the place you’ve visited and you won’t get one if you’re not close enough or special to the one giving the gift (it’s like saying, “hey, I’m thinking of you even if I’m far away”). It’s also hard to explain why your Filipino neighbor, especially abroad, is cooking something with that weird smell. That’s danggit. Want to see danggit? Here, have a basketful, photo courtesy of Rubi Santos (check her Instagram account, @rubirubiroo, for more photos). Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading “Fresh” Danggit at Taboan Dried Fish Market, Cebu: Photo of the Day
Yachting has its draw, although it’s no secret that a yacht club is not exactly for the public to enjoy. Still, there must be no stigma attached to that. The comforts and glitter of a yacht should be an incentive for many to do well in their chosen fields of endeavor to afford this piece of luxury. It’s a neat piece of life, facing the raw power of the sea while sailing, yet enjoying the quiet comfort of life at the dock, like we see in this photo of the Subic Yacht Club, courtesy of Until The Horizon (check her Instagram account, @untilthehorizon, for more photos). Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Quiet Comfort at Subic Bay Yacht Club: Photo of the Day
From the very first crude attempt to conquer the sky, mankind has always wondered how it feels to be free as a bird. There were a lot of crashes, of course, but we were able to fly. Some forms of “flying,” like paragliding (parachute + gliding), are simply controlled crashes. It’s not really flying as a bird, but the feeling of freedom that comes with flying should come with it. It’s not strictly like flying as a bird, but the feeling of freedom that comes with it should come close to flying. To be blunt about it, it’s just crashing with style (fun, though). Now, having read that, are you still brave enough to try paragliding, like the one you’ll find in Carmona, Cavite? You should try it. Just watch Edith Vitug (check his Instagram account, @dithvitug, for more photos) in this photo. Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Free as a Bird, Paragliding in Carmona, Cavite: Photo of the Day
Yes, we said we’re not fond of Valentines Day, but that doesn’t mean we hate Valentines. Our first meeting originally fell on February 14. We decided to move our date because we realized it’s Valentines Day, and we don’t celebrate Valentines. Don’t get us wrong, though. We believe in romance. We believe in love. Incidentally, this lovely photo of lovers and sunset was captured in Peninsula de Punta Fuego by Fr. Jboy Gonzales (check his Instagram account, @jboygonzalessj, for more photos), a Jesuit. A Jesuit solemnized our marriage and baptized our children. A Jesuit blessed our offices. Love ’em, Jesuits. Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Valentines Sunset at Peninsula de Punta Fuego: Photo of the Day
We’re not too fond of Valentines. We really don’t know how to say it without appearing as the Grinch of Valentines Day, but, there, we said it. It’s just another normal day for us because love is celebrated every second of every day, not only February 14 when everything is insanely overpriced (but a lot of people still fall for it). So, for those who share the same view, as well the brokenhearted, here’s a message for you from the Travelling Farmer (check his Instagram account, @traveling_farmer, for more photos) — Konting Tiis pa, bes, malapit na din matapos ang Valentines. Kapit lang! Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Kapit Lang, Bes, Malapit na Matapos ang Valentines: Photo of the Day
We all have different fears and we all have different ways of coping with those fears. We’re almost sure, however, that most people have a fear of heights. At the very least, we can speak for ourselves — we’re terrified of heights. Our palms were sweating when we watched that old Cliffhanger movie. Same thing while looking at this photo, courtesy of EA Policarpio (check his Instagram account, @edgrallan, for more photos), as he conquered Mt. Pamitinan in Rodriquez, Rizal. Good activity for those who enjoy the rough outdoors; definitely not good for us with fear of heights. Perhaps we’ll choose another fear to conquer. Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Face your Fears in Mt. Pamitinan (Rodriguez, Rizal): Photo of the Day