Category Archives: Holidays

2015 Holidays

Full List of 2015 Holidays in the Philippines

There are a number of holidays left for 2014, but Malacanang has issued the official list of Philippine holidays for 2015. This should allow everyone to plan ahead in terms of travel / vacation / work. The President issued Proclamation 831 (full text),  declaring the regular holidays, special (non-working days), and special holiday (for all schools) for the year 2015. Here’s the full list of 2015 holidays: Continue reading

List of 2014 Philippine Holidays

List of 2014 Philippine Holidays

Yes, there are a number of holidays still remaining for the year 2013. It’s never too late for catchups! And while you’re planning for your trips and vacation destinations this year, it might be a good idea to go a step further (or, more properly, one year ahead). Malacanang has issued Proclamation 655, fixing the national holidays for 2014. Here’s the full list of official 2014 holidays: Continue reading

25 February 2013 Holiday: EDSA People Power Revolution Anniversary

For those asking if February 25, 2013 is a holiday, yes, it’s a national holiday. But whether you’ll be sad or happy depends on whether you’re still in school. While EDSA People Power Revolution Anniversary is a national holiday, it’s only for schools. It means no classes for students. It also means it’s a regular working day if you’re no longer a student (see also Full List of 2013 Holidays). There was a time when February 25 was a national holiday for all. Continue reading

Full List of 2013 National Holidays for the Philippines

It’s always a good idea to book our vacations way ahead of time. Tickets and accommodations are cheaper. More choices are available. So it’s a welcome news that Malacanang released the official list of regular holidays and special non-working days for 2013. The list is contained in Proclamation 459 (full text). The full list of 2013 holidays is found below: Continue reading

Palaspas Palm Sunday at the UP Chapel

Celebrating Linggo ng Palaspas (Palm Sunday) in the Philippines

Today is Palm Sunday (Linggo ng Palaspaas), an event which commemorates the entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem. Palm Sunday also ushers in the Holy Week (Semana Santa), which is significant even to non-Catholics because of two national holidays, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, which, in conjunction with Araw ng Kagitingan, results to a 5-day long weekend this year 2012 (see also list of 2012 holidays). Continue reading

2012 Official Holidays in the Philippines

Wow! We now have the List of 2012 Holidays. Consistent with the requirement for an issuance by the President to fix national holidays, Malacanang issued Proclamation No. 295, declaring the regular holidays, special (non-working) days and special holidays throughout the Philippines. To be sure, other non-working days will be declared during the course of 2012, just like the declared holidays for 2011 and previous years. This list will be updated form time to time. In the meantime, the official legal holidays for 2012 are as follows: Continue reading

4-Day Long Weekend from 27-30 August 2011

Malacanang has declared 30 August 2011 (Tuesday) as a national non-working holiday (Proclamation 234). This is another occurrence of a rare long weekend among the 2011 Philippine holidays under the administration of President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino, a clear shift from the holiday economics under the previous administration. That means we’ll have a four-day long weekend, August 27-30, 2011 because August 29 (Monday) is also a national holiday. Continue reading

Jose Rizal@150 (Photo courtesy of the Executive Committee for the 150th Birth Anniversary of Dr. Jose Rizal)

Remembering Jose Rizal at 150: Monday (June 20) declared a Holiday

We expect long weekends, consistent with the holiday economics of the previous administration, to be rare under the Aquino government. This is one of those rare long weekends — from 18 to 20 June 2011 (Saturday to Monday), as June 20 was declared a special non-working holiday to commemorate the 150th Birth Anniversary of the national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal.  So, since we’re given this rare long weekend gift, perhaps it’s only right that we think of what Rizal means to each of us and to our country in general. Please use the comment section below. Continue reading

Magellan's Cross, another view

How Would you Spend the Holy Week?

The Roman Catholic Church reiterates that Holy Week is a time for prayer and reflection, and not for picnics and beach parties, notes a recent news. The declared national regular holidays in April 21 (Maundy Thursday) and April 22 (Good Friday), as well as the special non-working holiday in April 23 (Black Saturday, per Proclamation 150) highlight the importance of the Holy Week in the Philippines. Just how would you spend your time during the Holy Week? Continue reading