Official Filipino Non-Working Holidays

Public Non-Working Holidays in the Philippines

This is a list of Filipino national holidays observed throughout the Philippines. These are non-working holidays, meaning offices are closed and no government business is conducted.

 

Aside from these, additional dates are declared non-working holidays by special presidential proclamation. For example: January 2, 2009, is an official non-working holiday.  For the holidays with movable dates below, the president issues a proclamation six months ahead as to which specific date the holiday will be observed.

 

(February 23, 2009, has been declared a holiday only for students to commemorate the 23rd anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution; it is a regular working day for everyone else.)

Araw ng Bagong Taon - January 1
New Year's Day

Huwebes Santo - movable date
Maundy Thursday / Holy Thursday, part of the Holy Week celebrations before Easter

Biyernes Santo / Mahal na Araw - movable date
Good Friday, part of the Holy Week celebrations before Easter

Araw ng Kagitingan - Monday nearest April 9
Day of Valor, commemorating the battles on Corregidor and Bataan during World War II

Araw ng Manggagawa - Monday nearest May 1
Labor Day / Workers' Day

Araw ng Kasarinlan / *Araw ng Kalayaan - Monday nearest June 12
Day of Independence, commemorating the Philippine declaration of independence in 1898

Araw ng Kabayanihan ni Ninoy Aquino - Monday nearest August 21
Day of Ninoy Aquino's Heroism / Ninoy Aquino Day, commemmorating the death of Benigno Aquino

Araw ng mga Bayani - last Monday of August
Day of Heroes / National Heroes' Day in honor of Filipino revolutionaries who fought for independence against Spain

Araw ng Mga Namayapa / Todos Los Santos / Undas - November 1
Day of the Dead / All Saints Day, in rememberance of the dead

Kaarawan ni Bonifacio - Monday nearest November 30
Birthday of Bonifacio / Bonifacio Day honoring the revolutionary Andres Bonifactio

Araw ng Pasko - December 25
Christmas Day

Araw ng Kabayanihan ni Rizal - Monday nearest December 30
Rizal Day, commemorating the martyrdom of Filipino national hero Jose Rizal

Huling Araw ng Taon / Bisperas ng Bagong Taon - December 31
Last Day of the Year / New Year's Eve

OTHER IMPORTANT REGIONAL HOLIDAYS:

Araw ng Lakas ng Bayan - February 25, usually in the Metro Manila area only
People Power Day, commemorates the 1986 People Power Revolution

Eidul Fitr - movable date, in the autonomous region of Muslim Mindanao
Eid al-Fitr, the day marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan

Kailan ang Arbor Day?


Arbor Day in the United States is celebrated on the last Friday of April. This year it was on April 24, 2009.

In the Philippines, Arbor Day wasn't formally observed until 2004, when President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo issued a proclamation declaring that June 25th would be celebrated as Philippine Arbor Day every year and that it "shall be observed throughout the nation by planting trees and ornamental plants and other forms of relevant activities."

Read more: Kailan ang Arbor Day?