• Vacation Planning Time! Here Are the 2017 Philippine Holidays

    With everyone mostly home in the next few days, now is the time to hold that family meeting for the next vacation.
    by Jillianne E. Castillo .


  • Mark your calendars! We've taken 2017's declared holidays and special non-working days and made a handy infographic for your easy reference. This was based on Proclamation No. 50, published in the Official Gazette here

    So far, the 2017 calendar has a total of 18 declared work-free days, 10 of which fall on a weekday. Note the addition of October 31 (Tuesday) as a special non-working day. This is to provide “more time for the traditional All Saints' Day commemorative activities,” according to the proclamation. Works for us! (Please note that All Saints' Day is a special non-working day.)

    If you're planning on going on a family vacation soon, we have seven of long weekends for 2017, two of which fall during the summer months:

    • December 31 (Saturday) to January 2 (Monday)
    • April 13 (Thursday) to 16 (Sunday)
    • April 29 (Saturday) to May 1 (Monday)
    • June 10 (Saturday) to 12 (Monday)
    • August 19 (Saturday) to 21 (Monday)
    • August 26 (Saturday) to 28 (Monday)
    • December 23 (Saturday) to 25 (Monday)

    More good news: these aren't the only declared holidays and non-working days. The dates for the observance of Eidul Fitr and Eidul Adha have yet to be determined by the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF), so there are still at least two more dates to add to the list. 

    Also, don't forget additional holidays were declared a little more than a week ago: an extended Christmas weekend (December 26 was made a special non-working day) and New Year's as well (January 2 a non-working day). 

    Want to know what's lined up for the rest of the school year? See the 2016-2017 academic calendar here

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