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Philippines updates list of holidays for 2023 with more long weekends

The list of regular holidays and special non-working days for 2023 has been updated to allow “long weekends”

Malacañang presidential palace has updated the list of regular holidays and special non-working days for 2023, allowing “long weekends.”

Proclamation 90, signed by Executive Secretary Lucas Bersamin on November 11, amends Proclamation 42 declaring regular holidays and special non-working days.

“There is a need to adjust these holidays pursuant to the principle of holiday economics wherein a longer weekend will help encourage domestic travel and increase tourism expenditures in the country,” the proclamation read.

Under the proclamation, Jan. 2, 2023, which falls on a Monday, will be an additional special non-working day “in consideration of the Filipino tradition of visiting relatives and spending time with their families for this occasion.”

Jan. 1, 2023, is already a regular holiday under Proclamation 90.

Proclamation 90 also moves the commemoration of Araw ng Kagitingan to April 10, 2023, the nearest Monday to its original date, April 9, 2023.

“To enable our countrymen to avail of the benefits of a longer weekend, Monday, 10 April 2023, in lieu of Sunday, 9 April 2023 may be declared as a non-working holiday, provided that the historical significance of Araw ng Kagitingan is maintained,” the proclamation read.

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The proclamation likewise moves the commemoration of Bonifacio Day to Nov. 27, 2023, the nearest Monday to its original date, Nov. 30, 2023.

“Bonifacio Day, which is observed as a regular holiday on November 30 of each year, falls on a Thursday for the year 2023.

“Pursuant to RA No. [Republic Act No.] 9492, 27 November 2023 (Monday nearest November 30) may be declared as a non-working holiday while 30 November 2023 (Thursday) may be declared as a working day),” the proclamation read.

RA 9492, which was signed into law by former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, moved regular and special holidays to the nearest Monday.

The following days are declared as regular holidays and special days for 2023:

Regular Holidays

  • January 1 (Sunday) – New Year’s Day
  • April 10 (Monday nearest April 9) – Araw ng Kagitingan
  • April 6 – Maundy Thursday
  • April 7 – Good Friday
  • May 1 (Monday) – Labor Day
  • June 12 (Monday) – Independence Day
  • August 28 (last Monday of August) – National Heroes Day
  • November 27 (Monday nearest November 30) – Bonifacio Day
  • December 25 (Monday) – Christmas Day
  • December 30 (Saturday) – Rizal Day

Special Non-Working Days

  • February 25 (Saturday) – EDSA People Power Revolution Anniversary
  • April 8 – Black Saturday
  • August 21 (Monday) – Ninoy Aquino Day
  • November 1 (Wednesday) – All Saints’ Day
  • December 8 (Friday) – Feast of the Immaculate Concepcion of Mary
  • December 31 (Sunday) – Last Day of the Year
  • Additional Special Non-Working Day
  • January 2 (Monday) – Day after New Year’s Day
  • November 2 (Thursday) – All Souls’ Day

“All the provisions of Proclamation No. 42, s. 2022, shall remain unchanged, valid, and existing,” the proclamation read.

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