Thursday, 2 January 2014

It's time to plan 2014, the list of Philippine holidays is now out!

The government actually announced the list of nationwide holidays early last year. It's just now that I got to post the dates. Unfortunately this year, there is only one three-day weekend which is this January 31 to February 2 and one four-day weekend during Easter on April 17 to 20. The August 21 and 25 dates can be stretched to a five-day weekend. Other opportunities are the May 1 and June 12 dates.

Here's the regular and special holidays for 2014:

January 1 (Wed)   - New Year's Day
January 31 (Fri)  - Chinese New Year (special non-working day)

February 25 (Tue) - EDSA Revolutionary anniversary (only for schools)

April 9 (Wed) - Araw ng Kagitingan (Day of Valor)
April 17 (Thu) - Maundy Thursday
April 18 (Fri)  - Good Friday
April 19 (Sat) - Black Saturday

May 1 (Thu) - Labor Day

June 12 (Thu) - Independence Day

August 21 (Thu) - Ninoy Aquino Day
August 25 (Mon) - National Heroes Day

November 1 (Sat) - All Saint's Day
November 30 (Sun) - Bonifacio Day

December 24 (Wed) - Additional special non-working day
December 24 (Thu) - Christmas Day
December 26 (Fri) - Additional special non-working day
December 30 (Tue) - Rizal Day
December 31 (Wed) - Last Day of the year

The national holidays for the observance of Eid'l Fitr and Ediul Adha shall be announced after the approximate dates of the Islamic holidays have been determined with the Islamic calendar (Hijira) or the lunar calendar.

Happy planning and please take heed of what American author and poet Maya Angelo advised "Every person needs to take one day away. A day in which one consciously separates the past from the future. Jobs, family, employers and friends can exists one day without any one of us, and if our egos permit us to confess, they could exist eternally in our absence. Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for. Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us." 

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