Philippine Annual Public Holidays


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Annual Public Holidays in the Philippines

A President Marcos proclamation, issued in November last year for this year, adopts the 10 annual regular holidays of:

Jan 1 (New Year's Day),

April 6 ( Maundy Thursday),

April 7 (Good Friday),

April 9 ('Araw ng Kagitingan' or Day of Valor),

May 1 (Labor Day),

June 12 (Independence Day),

Aug 28 (National Heroes Day),

Nov 30 (Bonifacio Day),

Dec 25 (Christmas Day) and

Dec 30 (Rizal Day).

The proclamation also continues to recognize, as special nonworking holidays:

Feb. 25 (the 1986 Edsa People Power Revolution Anniversary),

April 8 (Black Saturday),

Aug. 21 (Ninoy Aquino Day),

Nov. 1 (All Saints' Day),

Dec. 8 (Feast of the Immaculate Concepcion) and

Dec. 31 (New Year's Eve).

The President, however, also added Jan. 2 and Nov. 2 (All Souls' Day) to the special nonworking holidays, and reset the Day of Valor, a Sunday, to April 10, thereby extending that weekend to one more day.

Marcos cited “the principle of holiday economics wherein a longer weekend will help encourage domestic travel and increase tourism expenditures in the country.” It was then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo who first introduced that policy in 2001.

Businesses that must continue operations during the holidays will incur higher labor costs, due to the 200 percent of the daily wage for employees working on regular holidays, the additional 30 percent of their hourly rate, and the 30 percent of their daily wage on special non-working holidays.

Also this year Mr. Marcos issued Proclamation No. 167 resetting to a day earlier the 1986 Edsa People Power Revolution anniversary on Feb. 25, thus also extending that weekend.

Muslim holidays

Since Arroyo's time, the government has also been observing the Islamic feast days of Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha as regular holidays.

Eid al-Fitr, the culmination of the holy month of Ramadan, was marked this year on Friday, for which the President had earlier issued Proclamation No. 201 declaring it a regular holiday.

Eid al-Adha, or the feast of Abraham's sacrifice of his son Ishmael, will be celebrated sometime late June, in accordance with the lunar calendar followed by Muslims.

A proclamation is expected from Malacañang before that month, apart from the earlier Proclamation No. 42 which Mr. Marcos issued in August last year, recognizing the two Muslim holidays.

Besides the national holidays, there are also regional, provincial, and citywide holidays each year, according to the Official Gazette.