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FALSE HEADLINE: 'No classes' on 3 dates in March 2020 due to special holidays

Feb 28, 2020 - 8:33 PM

The special non-working holidays on March 2, 7, and 31 cover only certain areas and are not nationwide holidays

LIST: Long weekends in 2020

Dec 27, 2019 - 5:12 PM

Here are the 11 long weekends in 2020 you shouldn't miss

Gov't, communist rebels declare 16-day ceasefire

Dec 22, 2019 - 7:15 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Following a ceasefire declaration by the guerrillas, President Rodrigo Duterte also orders government troops to observe a holiday ceasefire beginning Monday, December 23, up to January 7 next year

Armed members of the New Peoples Army-Melito Glor Command gather on a clearing in the lower Sierra Madre mountains in Quezon Province, south of Manila, to celebrate the 50th year founding of the Communist Party of the Philippines on December 26, 2018. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

LIST: Philippine holidays 2020

Nov 15, 2019 - 8:09 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte finally signs the proclamation declaring the regular holidays and special non-working days for 2020

DFA closed on November 2019 holidays

Oct 31, 2019 - 7:30 PM

Individuals unable to avail of scheduled appointments for consular services from 12 noon onwards on October 31 will be accommodated on any working day until November 29

Duterte: Ninoy Aquino serves as guide for protecting democracy

Aug 21, 2019 - 10:27 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte, whom critics describe as a dictator-in-the-making, calls on Filipinos to protect democratic freedoms and rule of law which Ninoy Aquino fought for

A group of supporters of the late Sen. Benigno Aquino Jr offers flowers at the late senator's statue at Timog Avenue corner Quezon Avenue in Quezon City in comemoration of his 35th death anniversary.

Duterte declares June 5 Eid'l Fitr holiday

May 29, 2019 - 8:54 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Eid'l Fitr marks the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan

ISLAMIC CELEBRATION. File photo of the Eid'l Fitr celebration held June 2018 in Pikit town North Cotabato. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Bank schedules: April 9, Araw ng Kagitingan

Apr 05, 2019 - 2:51 PM

Bookmark this page for the operating hours of banks during the national holiday on Tuesday, April 9

When are the 10 long weekends in 2019?

Dec 30, 2018 - 12:42 PM

You can now start planning your most awaited staycation and getaways. Grab your planner and mark the dates you need to file your leaves!

Senate approves Sept 2 as Ifugao holiday on Yamashita surrender

Aug 28, 2018 - 5:07 PM

The bill is now up for President Rodrigo Duterte's signature

Photo from Shutterstock

LIST: 2019 Philippine Holidays

Aug 16, 2018 - 9:50 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte signs Proclamation No. 555 declaring the regular holidays and special non-working days for 2019

August 21 declared a holiday for Eid'l Adha

Aug 15, 2018 - 7:00 PM

August 21 is also the death anniversary of Benigno Aquino Jr, a public holiday as well

Duterte declares April 27 as Lapu-Lapu Day

Jul 05, 2018 - 9:26 AM

April 27 is now a special working public holiday nationwide and a non-working holiday for the city of Lapu-Lapu in Cebu

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte confers the Order of Lapu-Lapu Kampilan Medal on CAFGU Active Auxiliary Jimmy Gonzaga during his visit to the wounded soldiers at Camp Panacan Station Hospital at the Naval Station Felix Apolinario in Davao City on January 29, 2018. Gonzaga was wounded in an encounter with members of the New People's Army in Makilala, Cotabato recently. ARMAN BAYLON/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Bank schedules for June 12, Araw ng Kalayaan

Jun 11, 2018 - 5:25 PM

Bookmark this page for the operating hours of banks on Independence Day, a holiday

Duterte declares June 15 regular holiday for Eid'l Fitr

Jun 06, 2018 - 7:36 PM

June 15, 2018 – a Friday – is a regular holiday throughout the Philippines

hundreds of muslim gathered at the baguio atheletic bowl in the last day of Ramadan and celebration of Eid-ul-fitr August,19,2012.Muslims all over the world marked the end of the holy month of Ramadan on Saturday, ahead of the Eid ul-Fitr festival, locally known as Hari Raya Puasa, which Islamic religious authorities officially celebrate todayphoto by mauricio victa

#WalangPasok: No classes June 12, 15

Jun 06, 2018 - 6:15 PM

(UPDATED) The Department of Education says there will be no classes nationwide in observance of Independence Day on June 12 and Eid'l Fitr on June 15

FACT CHECK: Only June 12 is a national non-working holiday

Jun 05, 2018 - 7:15 PM

Other mentioned dates on June 6, 9, 11, 15, 16, 18, and 21 are special non-working holidays applicable only to certain municipalities, cities, or provinces.

Malacañang declares May 14 non-working holiday

May 02, 2018 - 5:55 PM

May 14, the date of the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections, is declared a non-working holiday 'to enable the people to fully exercise their right to suffrage'

ELECION PREPARATIONS. Workers repaint old ballot boxes inside the COMELEC Warehouse in Port Area, Manila on April 12, 2018 as they prepare for the coming SK and barangay polls on May 14.   Photo by Ben Nabong

Bank schedules for April 9, Araw ng Kagitingan

Apr 05, 2018 - 5:37 PM

Bookmark this page for the operating hours of banks during the national holiday

Plan your 13 long weekends in 2018

Dec 31, 2017 - 3:42 PM

There will be 20 declared holidays in 2018 – of which 13 fall near the weekend

Duterte calls on Filipinos to emulate Rizal’s patriotism

Dec 30, 2017 - 9:16 AM

'Even in death, he imparted upon us his aspirations for a nation that is free from the scourge of injustice, tyranny and suffering,' says President Rodrigo Duterte on the 121st death anniversary of national hero Dr Jose Rizal

RIZAL DAY. President Rodrigo Duterte pays tribute to national hero Jose Rizal on his death anniversary. File photo from Presidential Photo

December 8 now officially non-working holiday in the Philippines

Dec 29, 2017 - 2:31 PM

President Duterte signs the new law declaring the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary a non-working holiday in the country


#ThewRap: Things you need to know, October 31, 2017

Oct 31, 2017 - 11:40 AM

Hello! Here's a roundup of news you need to know this Tuesday.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pose for a photo prior to a meeting at the Prime Minister's Office in Tokyo on October 30, 2017. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

U.S. embassy closed October 31-November 1

Oct 27, 2017 - 11:07 AM

The US embassy and its affiliated offices will be open on Monday, October 30, and will resume operations on Thursday, November 2

TRAVEL ADVISORY. The United States issues a travel advisory for the province of Palawan. File photo by AFP

September 1 a regular holiday for Eid'l Adha

Aug 29, 2017 - 1:07 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte signs Proclamation 297 declaring the holiday

Muslim Community in Quezon City gather at the QC Memorial Circle Monday for a prayer to celebrate the feast of Eid'l Adha in honor of Ibrahim's sacrifice to Allah. Photo by: JOEL LIPORADA

FAST FACTS: What makes a Filipino historical figure a national hero?

Aug 28, 2017 - 9:02 AM

While there are no laws that officially proclaim a Filipino a national hero there are criteria that determine how a historical figure qualifies as a national hero

HEROES. Filipinos who have a concept of nation and fight for the nation's freedom may be considered heroes, according to criteria set by the National Heroes Commission. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

LIST: 2018 Philippine Holidays

Jul 19, 2017 - 11:13 AM

Malacañang declares May 14, November 2, and December 24 as additional non-working holidays in 2018

Palace: Special non-working holiday in Metro Manila on April 28

Apr 21, 2017 - 12:36 PM

4TH UPDATE Malacañang also suspends work in government offices in Manila Makati and Pasay City on April 27 which falls on a Thursday in view of activities related to the ASEAN Summit and Related Meetings from April 26 to 29

PALACE REACTS. Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella holds a press conference at the Palace. File photo by Ace Morandante/Presidential Photo

DOLE reminds employers of pay rules for Araw ng Kagitingan, Holy Week

Apr 07, 2017 - 6:16 PM

Araw ng Kagitingan Maundy Thursday and Good Friday are regular holidays while Black Saturday is a special working holiday

PROPER PAY. The Department of Labor and Employment issues a labor advisory on the prescribed scheme of compensation for workers reporting to work on holidays.

#WalangPasok: Dec 26, Jan 2 are special non-working days

Dec 14, 2016 - 2:40 PM

The Philippine government says it wants to give the people full opportunity to celebrate the holidays with their families

Excited for the long break? 'Undas' trends a week early

Oct 24, 2016 - 2:25 PM

A 4 day weekend is ahead What are your plans?

LIST: 2017 Philippine Holidays

Aug 18, 2016 - 12:19 PM

(4th UPDATE) Plan your holidays in advance

May 9, special non-working holiday

Apr 27, 2016 - 9:26 AM

President Benigno Aquino III orders the holiday declaration for the May 9 elections through Proclamation No 1254

PHILIPPINE ELECTIONS. Filipinos cast their votes during the Philippines' second automated elections on May 13, 2013. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

November 2 should be a holiday - Cardinal Quevedo

Nov 01, 2015 - 1:59 PM

Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Cardinal Quevedo says the appropriate day for remembering the dead is on November 2 not on November 1 or All Saints’ Day

PREPARATIONS. Workers clean soldiers' graves at the heroes' cemetery in Manila on October 30, 2012. File photo by AFP

Palace: November 2 not a holiday

Oct 24, 2015 - 5:11 PM

There are however a number of other special non working holidays in November because of the upcoming APEC meetings

BUSINESS AS USUAL. Malacañang says that November 2, All Souls' Day, will not be a holiday. File photo by Franz Lopez

September 25, regular holiday for Eid’l Adha

Sep 15, 2015 - 5:47 PM

In issuing Proclamation No 1128 President Benigno Aquino III cites Republic Act No 9849 which provides that Eid’l Adha one of the two greatest feasts of Islam shall be celebrated as a regular holiday

MORNING PRAYERS. Muslims prepare to celebrate Eid al-Adha, also called 'Feast of the Sacrifice' at the Quirino Grandstand in Luneta, 04 October 2014. All photos by Ritchie Tongo/EPA

LIST: 2016 Philippine Holidays

Aug 26, 2015 - 8:15 PM

Heads up Here s your chance to plan your holidays in advance

Holiday in Naga City for Jesse Robredo's 3rd death anniversary

Aug 16, 2015 - 2:30 PM

Proclamation No 1103 recognizes Robredo’s utmost dedication and outstanding performance as mayor of Naga City

Secretary Jesse Robredo at a 2012 interview with Rappler. Photo by John Javellana.

Holiday on Nov 18,19 in NCR; Feb 25, 2016 nationwide

Jul 14, 2015 - 6:47 PM

Malacañang has declared two non working days in Metro Manila in November for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Leaders Summit and a national non working holiday on the 30th anniversary of the EDSA Revolution in 2016

BACK TO EDSA. The annual commemoration of the EDSA Revolution will be held at the People Power monument in accordance to tradition and will be simple this year. File photo by Robert Viñas/Malacañang Photo Bureau

No number coding in Metro Manila on Feb 19 – MMDA

Feb 18, 2015 - 12:16 PM

All cities in Metro Manila will observe the suspension of the number coding scheme on February 19 the celebration of Chinese New Year

URBAN DECAY. Experts say infrastructure development in the Philippines must keep up with the growing economy to sustain growth. Photo by Francis Malasig/EPA

Business losses: Papal visit's unintended consequences

Jan 11, 2015 - 2:47 PM

Malacañang’s idea to declare a holiday when Pope Francis visits the Philippines has an unintended consequence to the business sector

SEMICONDUCTOR WORKERS. The Philippines aims to go beyond merely assembling semiconductors and other electronic exports and enter the high-value stage of designing and inventing electronics. File photo by AFP

Lawmaker lists good, bad firecrackers for New Year

Dec 26, 2014 - 1:05 PM

A fourth of the 1 018 firework related injuries in New Year 2014 involved children playing with the banned Piccolo

NEW YEAR CELEBRATONS: File photo of local fireworks manufacturers

Losing sight of things more important on Christmas

Dec 24, 2014 - 1:00 PM

I want to be able to do what really matters this Christmas: Be able to reflect on what the reason for the season really is

LIST: 2015 Philippine holidays

Jul 24, 2014 - 12:32 PM

Plan your vacation: Filipinos can look forward to at least 8 long weekends in 2015 and possibly a 5 day weekend that spills into 2016

Palace announces 2014 PH holidays

Sep 30, 2013 - 2:16 PM

Malacañang Palace announces the official list of holidays for 2014

Palace announces 2013 holidays

Sep 01, 2012 - 12:09 PM

Check the official list of holidays for 2013

Black Saturday a special nonworking day

Apr 02, 2012 - 2:27 PM

President Aquino said Black Saturday will be a special nonworking day nationwide

More holiday declarations unlikely - Palace

Feb 23, 2012 - 5:13 PM

The country is said to have the most number of holidays in the Asia Pacific region