Time to Travel: Long Vacations and Holidays for 2009

Expenses for travel, leisure, vacations and whatever you want to call it are not necessities, so these expenses get crossed out in the family budget’s list in times of recession or financial crunch. Still, it wouldn’t hurt to know the declared long weekends for 2009. By way of summarizing the official list of 2009 regular and special non-working national holidays (through Proclamation 1699), the following are the list of the ten (10) long weekends (weekends tacked to the official national holidays):

  • April 4-6 (3 days, Saturday to Monday) : Araw ng Kagitingan
  • April 9-12 (4 days, Thursday to Sunday) : Holy Week/Easter holidays
  • May 1-3 (3 days, Friday to Sunday) : Labor Day
  • June 12-14 (3 days, Friday to Sunday) : Independence Day
  • August 21-23 (3 days, Friday to Sunday) : Ninoy Aquino Day
  • August 29-31 (3 days, Saturday to Monday) : National Heroes
  • September 5-7 (3 days, Saturday to Monday) : National mourning for Erano Manalo
  • September 19-21 (3 days, Saturday to Monday): Eid’l Fitr (Feast of Ramadhan)
  • October 31-Nov 2 (3 days, Saturday to Monday) : All Saints/Souls
  • November 27-30 (4 days, Friday to Sunday): Eid’l Adha and Bonifacio Day
  • December 24-27 (4 days, Thursday to Sunday) : Christmas season
  • December 30/31-January 3, 2010 (5 days, Wednesday to Sunday) : New Year holidays/Rizal Day

Now, let’s start planning our vacations. Enjoy your travel. It is usual for the President to declare new holidays, so please check the updated list of 2009 holidays here. See also 2010 holidays.

5 thoughts on “Time to Travel: Long Vacations and Holidays for 2009”

  1. To start planning a vocation this November, please confirm/verify the Nov. 27&28 holidays (Eid’l Adha-Feast of Islam) if it is really a non-working holiday in the whole Philippines. What is stated in the Proclamation #1808 and RA #9492 provides that Eid’l Adha shall be celebrated as a regional holiday in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

  2. Rico, you’ve raised a very good point, thanks for bringing that up. Indeed, RA 9492 specifically provides that Eid’l Adha is a “regional holiday” in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). However, Proclamation 1808 converted it into a “national holiday” and DOLE already issued an advisory to the effect that November 27 and 28 are regular non-working holidays and recognized that these dates are national holidays. There are related discussions here.

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