Malacanang announced the official list of Philippines Holiday 2013 today. According to the Official Gazette article posted today, President Noynoy Aquino, signed Proclamation No. 459, s. 2012 last August 16, 2012.

Proclamation No. 459, s. 2012 is entitled DECLARING THE REGULAR HOLIDAYS, SPECIAL (NON-WORKING) DAYS, AND SPECIAL HOLIDAY (FOR ALL SCHOOLS) FOR THE YEAR 2013.

The Philippines Holiday 2013 list has 3 parts: the Regular Holidays, the Special Non-Working Days and the Special Holiday for all schools:

Regular Holidays

  • New Year’s DayJanuary 1 (Tuesday)
  • Maundy ThursdayMarch 28
  • Good FridayMarch 29
  • Araw ng KagitinganApril 9 (Tuesday)
  • Labor DayMay 1 (Wednesday)
  • Independence DayJune 12 (Wednesday)
  • National Heroes DayAugust 26 (Last Monday of August)
  • Bonifacio DayNovember 30 (Saturday)
  • Christmas DayDecember 25 (Wednesday)
  • Rizal DayDecember 30 (Monday)

Special (Non-Working) Days

  • Black SaturdayMarch 30
  • Ninoy Aquino DayAugust 21 (Wednesday)
  • All Saints DayNovember 1 (Friday)

Additional special (non-working) days

  • November 2 (Saturday)
  • December 24 (Tuesday)
  • December 31 (Tuesday)

Special Holiday (for all schools)

  • EDSA Revolution AnniversaryFebruary 25 (Monday)


Proclamation No. 459 has provisions for the declaration of other holidays being celebrated by our Muslim brothers and sisters (Eid’l Fitr and Eidul Adha). The dates of these celebrations are not yet fixed so an additional announcement will be made when the dates are already known.

The Philippines Holiday 2013 is declared earlier than usual, as Philippines Holiday 2012 was released by Malacanang around November last year. It is also interesting to note that there are fewer long holiday weekends next year.

Early or not, this Philippines Holiday 2013 list is welcome news to us Filipinos.

For more details, kindly visit the Official Gazette article at

http://www.gov.ph/2012/08/16/proclamation-no-459-s-2012/

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