Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Philippine holidays and long-weekend schedule for 2011

Hunyo 12 by Claude Tayag (1989 Fiestas Serigraph Series)
Update (12/20/10): PNoy signed Proclamation No. 84. Here is updated post.

The past few days, a lot of people have been asking me to post the holiday schedule for next year. Unfortunately, Malacanang has not issued any proclamations for next year's holidays. And it would be careless for anyone to post a holiday schedule to encourage people to book early only to find out that the schedule was wrong. I don't want to be inconsiderate to those who have work if they would be forced to take vacation leaves (if they have any left) only to push through with the bookings made because of faulty advice.

Remember that Sec. 1 of R.A. 9492 empowers the president to modify the holidays by proclamation which he did when he issued Proclamation 13 declaring August 21, 2010 instead of August 23, 2010 as a non-working holiday. So to be sure, here is the list of holidays (and possible holidays) of the Republic of the Philippines with notes for each:
  • January 1 (Sat) - New Year's Day (four-day long weekend from December 30 to January 2)
  • February 25 (Fri) - EDSA Revolution Anniversary (for 2010, it was a holiday for schools only) 
  • April 9 (Sat) - Araw ng Kagitingan (no declaration yet but possible holiday on Monday, April 11)
  • April 21 (Thu) - Holy Thursday
  • April 22 (Fri) - Good Friday (four-day long weekend from April 21 to 24)
  • May 1 (Sun) - Labor Day (no declaration yet but possible holiday on Monday, May 2)
  • June 12 (Sun) - Independence Day (no declaration yet but possible holiday on Monday, June 13)
  • June 19 (Sun) - 150th Birth Anniversary of Jose Rizal (proposed legislation to declare a working holiday)
  • August 21 (Sun) - Ninoy Aquino Day (no declaration yet but possible holiday on Monday, August 22)
  • August 29 (Mon) - National Heroes Day (no declaration yet but possible three-day long weekend from August 27 to 29)
  • August 31 (Wed) - Eid't Fitr (calculated date for 2011 pending proclamation)
  • November 1 (Tue) - All Saints Day (possible holiday on October 31 to allow people to travel to the provinces)
  • November 6 (Sun) - Eid'l Adha (calculated date for 2011 pending proclamation)
  • November 30 (Wed) - Bonifacio Day (possible holiday on Monday, November 28)
  • December 25 (Sun) - Christmas Day
  • December 30 (Fri) - Rizal Day
  • December 31 (Sat) - Last Day of the Year (three-day long weekend from December 30 to January 1)
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