Category Archives: Holidays

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 25 February 2013 Holiday: EDSA People Power Revolution Anniversary

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 Full List of 2013 National Holidays for the Philippines

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 Celebrating Linggo ng Palaspas (Palm Sunday) in the Philippines

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 2012 Official Holidays in the Philippines

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 4-Day Long Weekend from 27-30 August 2011

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

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 How Would you Spend the Holy Week?

2011 Holidays: Full List of Long Weekends and Vacation Dates

Vacation destination, check. Vacation budget, check. Vacation gear, check. Vacation tips, check. The schedule? Ah, when could you have a getaway to relax and unwind in 2011? It’s just the start of the year, but it’s better to plan way ahead (hopefully, this time, the government won’t move the schedules around). Tickets, hotels and other vacation essentials tend to be much cheaper when booked in advance.

Here’s the full list of regular and special holidays for 2011 as declared by Malacanang through Proclamation 84 (full text). Unless otherwise indicated, these are regular holidays. Updates will be made from time to time.

  • January 1, 2011 (Saturday) – New Year’s Day
  • February 25, 2011 (Friday) – EDSA Revolution Anniversary (special holiday, for schools only)
  • April 9, 2011 (Saturday) – Araw ng Kagitingan
  • April 21, 2011 – Maundy Thursday
  • April 22, 2011 – Good Friday
  • April 23, 2011 – Black Saturday (special non-working day, per Proclamation 150)
  • May 1, 2011 (Sunday) – Labor Day
  • June 12, 2011 (Sunday) – Independence Day
  • June 20, 2011 (Monday) – 150th birth anniversary of Dr. Jose Rizal (Proclamation 154)
  • August 21, 2011 (Sunday) – Ninoy Aquino Day (special non-working day)
  • August 29, 2011 (Monday) – National Heroes Day
  • August 30, 2011 (Monday) – End of Ramadan (Eid ul-Fitr or Eid’l Fitr, per Proclamation 234)
  • October 31, 2011 (Monday; per Proclamation 265)
  • November 1, 2011 (Tuesday) – All Saints Day (special non-working day)
  • November 30, 2011 (Wednesday) – Bonifacio Day
  • December 25, 2011 (Sunday) – Christmas Day
  • December 30, 2011 (Friday) – Rizal Day
  • December 31, 2011 (Saturday) – Last Day of the Year (special non-working day)

There you go. Now, go experience and enjoy the best that the Philippines has to offer. (Note: There are rumors that August 22, 2011 was declared as a holiday in honor of Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino. Proclamation 234 for the August 30 holiday had already been issued, none yet for August 22. Most probably August 22 won’t be declared a holiday, although Quezon City would still get another long weekend because August 19 is a local holiday in Quezon City.)

Rizal Day: National Holiday in the Philippines

The Philippines celebrate Rizal Day in honor of its national hero, Dr. Jose P. Rizal. Rizal Day is traditionally celebrated every 30th of December, but recent laws which favor movable holidays “fixed” Rizal day on the “Monday nearest December 30”. It is a movable holiday and its exact date is determined through a Proclamation issued by the President (see List of 2010 Holidays). Why do we celebrate Rizal Day on the 30th of December? Continue reading Rizal Day: National Holiday in the Philippines