Palace announces 2012 holidays



MANILA, Philippines—President Benigno Aquino III has declared a total of 16 official holidays for 2012, Malacañang announced Thursday.

Aquino signed Proclamation 95, which designated 10 regular holidays next year, five special non-working days and one special holiday.

The proclamation was in accordance with Republic Act 9492, known as the “Holiday Economics,” which was made into law in 2007.

Following are next year’s holidays:

A. Regular Holidays
New Year’s Day: January 1 (Sunday)
Maundy Thursday: April 5
Good Friday: April 6
Araw ng Kagitingan: April 9 (Monday)

Labor Day: May 1 (Tuesday)
Independence Day: June 12 (Tuesday)
National Heroes Day: August 27 (Last Monday of August)
Bonifacio Day: November 30 (Friday)
Christmas Day: December 25 (Tuesday)
Rizal Day: December 30 (Sunday)

B. Special (Non-Working) Days
Chinese New Year: January 23 (Monday)
Ninoy Aquino Day: August 21 (Tuesday)
All Saints Day: November 1 (Thursday)
Additional special (non-working) day: November 2 (Friday)
Last Day of the Year: December 31 (Monday

C. Special Holiday (for all schools)
EDSA Revolution Anniversary: February 25 (Saturday)

Chinese New Year, which will fall on January 23, 2012, may be declared as a special non-working day without detriment to public interest, the proclamation said.

The Chinese New Year is “ one of the most revered and festive events celebrated not only in China but also in the Philippines by both Chinese Filipinos and ordinary Filipinos as well; and the joint celebration is a manifestation of our solidarity with our Chinese Filipino brethren who have been part of our lives in many respects as a country and as a people,” it added.

November 2, 2012 will be declared as a special non-working day “to give full opportunity to our people to properly observe All Saints’ Day with all its religious fervor which invariably requires them to travel to and from different regions in the country.”

Traditionally, only November 1 (All Saints’ Day) is declared a holiday.

Meanwhile, the proclamations declaring national holidays for the observance of Eid’l Fitr and Eid’l Adha will be issued after it is determined in accordance with the Islamic calendar, the proclamation read.

The National Commission on Muslim Filipinos will issue the dates when will the Islamic holidays fall, it added.

The Department of Labor and Employment will promulgate the implementing guidelines for the proclamation, it said.

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  • David Audi R

    early information about holidays is good for business! hooray for being a good business operator!

  • Anonymous

    Very good. We can plan ahead using this.

  • Anonymous

    Good job, as if we don’t need to work and stay idle and unproductive. Know wonder some people call us lazy.

  • Anonymous


  • Leg

    yan masaya na China nito — sila lang namn major financier sa kandidatora ni Pnoy. Unti2x ng pumasok ang mga intsik….transforming the culture and traditions ng mga Pinoy!
    Ano pa kaya mga kasundoan sa China visit ni Pnoy?

  • Anonymous

    to heck with the chinese New Year, what good have they done to make the Pinoy Lives better, nothing all they know is to make tubo, like tubong lugaw. Utak nga naman ni abnoy palibhasa ang ninuno nitong mga  aquino ay instik

    • Anonymous

      hahaha racist a$$hole.  

      • Anonymous

        why racist, I never said anything about race and I am not an aaassss hole, Iove to lick ask specially womens asssssseeesss and stop calling peoples name, we are here to enjoy peoples conversation, I am not here to engage people to a word war

  • Anonymous

    bakit holiday of the Philippines the president has to deal with this issues, talagang walang ginagawa ang presidente. Here in canada all the holiday are already predetermined no need for further announcement from the head of the country, ah there was one when the premier of Ontario has made into law that everyyear on February 21 it is a FAMILY DAY and a non-working holiday.

  • Anonymous

    how come they’re not announcing the islamic holidays? 

    • Ron

      Meanwhile, the proclamations declaring national holidays for the observance of Eid’l Fitr and Eid’l Adha will be issued after it is determined in accordance with the Islamic calendar, the proclamation read.
      The National Commission on Muslim Filipinos will issue the dates when will the Islamic holidays fall.
      They base it according to the moon condition.

    • Anonymous

      Not most Filipinos are Muslims, you know…

  • Anonymous

    chinese new year… holiday? Protectorate na ba tayo ng china? Ano ba namang kataran-tadohan yan? Walang hiyang P-noy. Mas may loyalty pa yata sa mga intsik kaysa sa Pilipinas.

    Bakit ba hindi na lang natin ibigay yung kalayaan group of islands sa mga intsik, pati na lahat ng sakahan natin para maging alipin na rin tayo ng mga intsik na ito. Palitan na rin natin ang Pambansang awit ng Pilipinas.. gawin na rin nati ‘Hail o intsik land of the almighty checkwa’.

    Kung talagang gusto niyang pagbigyan ang pag-celebrate ng kultura ng ibang lahi, bakit hindi din niya gawing holiday ang ‘Thanksgiving day’, Valentine’s day, Mother’s day, Father’s day…etc.

    Baka naman gusto lang ni P-noy magpa-bango sa mga contributors niyang intsik nung election?

  • Anonymous

    it’s Proclamation 295. s. 2011 po and not 95,

  • kris makati

    huli man daw at magaling, huli pa din. ang bagal talaga ng administrasyong panot.

  • Anonymous

    A question for President Aquino:  Never before in the history of the Philippines that Chinese New Year was declared a Special Holiday much more as a Special NON-WORKING holiday.  Why is it that under your term it is being declared as a special non-working holiday?  You owe us an explanation, Mr. President.  

  • Anonymous

    ‘Chinese New Year’??? WTF, aren’t we Filipinos, then why are we celebrating such? This only shows that the current chief executive is subservient to his yellow masters as evidenced by having yellow blood running through his veins.

  • joboni96

    ‘Chinese New Year: January 23 (Monday)’


    komo ba kontrolado nila
    ang ating ekonomiya

    mas marami pang
    bangsa moro

  • Anonymous

    chinese new year holiday na,
    hindi lang pala spratleys ang sasakupin ng tsina, buong pilipinas na pala.  

  • steve

    21 holidays
    104 rest days (sat+Sun)
    15 days Vacation leave
    15 days sick leave
    Add tardiness
    Add office tsismis
    Add text messages
    Add internet time and facebook updates
    Add rally disturbance
    This is why doing business in the Phil is not attractive to investors.
    In effect half of the manhours in a year lost.

    • antonioluna

      fuuck you and your propaganda, this kind of thinking has been around for ages, that filipinos are lazy, this is a myth, there are lazy people around the world but to point out that we pinoys are generally lazy, where is your logic?the most number of laziest people are found in countries where their government supports the jobless, here in pinas you will die out of hunger, our government does not provide support for jobless, we don’t even have the option of early retirement, here you have to work until you reach your retirement age, 60 in private sector, during my college days i was also made to believe that my own race is lazy but thanks to internet it says otherwise.

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