Category Archives: Holidays

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.

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

Road Safety for Long Weekends

There are two long weekends in November. Holidays for the rest of 2009 and for the full year of 2010 had long been announced. Filipinos go home to provinces for undas. With long weekends, our roads will be full. Traffic will be heavy. Patience will run thin. So, wherever you are, please remember these road safety tips (most are from emails floating around): Continue reading Road Safety for Long Weekends

2 Long Weekends in November: All Saints Day, Eid’l Adha and Bonifacio Day

The holiday drought in October of 2009 must be the cause for the spike of search queries on November holidays. Is November 2 a holiday? What about November 27? Of course, there are similar questions whether October 30 or 31 have been declared as non-working holidays, but let’s take it up in a later post. Continue reading 2 Long Weekends in November: All Saints Day, Eid’l Adha and Bonifacio Day

Ninoy Aquino Day (August 21) – Regular Holiday

In 2004, Congress passed Republic Act No. 9256, declaring August 21 of every year as Ninoy Aquino Day, a special non-working holiday, in order to commemorate the death anniversary of former Senator Benigno “Ninoy” S. Aquino, Jr. It’s one of the regular and national holidays contained in the subsequent law “rationalizing” the national holidays. Continue reading Ninoy Aquino Day (August 21) – Regular Holiday

Independence Day: Philippine Holiday

A crowd was waiting outside the home, located in Kawit, Cavite, of General Emilio Aguinaldo. It was 12 June 1898. Jose Rizal, who later became the national hero, was executed by the Spaniards two years earlier. Andres Bonifacio, another great son of the revolution, was also executed a year earlier, but this time by fellow Filipinos. All of them were fighting for the Philippines. Continue reading Independence Day: Philippine Holiday