Aquino declares 16 national holidays for 2013


President Benigno Aquino III. AP

MANILA, Philippines—President Benigno Aquino has declared 16 national holidays for 2013.

The declaration is contained in Proclamation 459 signed by Aquino on August 16, declaring regular holidays, special non-working holidays and special holiday for schools next year.

These are:

Regular holidays

  • New Year’s Day: January 1 (Tuesday)
  • Maundy Thursday: March 28
  • Good Friday: March 29
  • Araw ng Kagitingan: April 9 (Tuesday)
  • Labor Day: May 1 (Wednesday)
  • Independence Day: June 12 (Wednesday)
  • National Heroes Day: August 26 (Last Monday of August)
  • Bonifacio Day: November 30 (Saturday)
  • Christmas Day: December 25 (Wednesday)
  • Rizal Day: December 30 (Monday)

Special (non-working) days

  • Black Saturday: March 30
  • Ninoy Aquino Day: August 21 (Wednesday)
  • All Saints Day: November 1 (Friday)

Additional special (non-working) days

  • December 24 (Tuesday)
  • December 31 (Tuesday)

Special holiday (for all schools)

  • EDSA Revolution Anniversary: February 25 (Monday)

Meanwhile, the observance of Eid’l Fitr and Eidul Adha will be declared as national holidays “after the approximate dates of the Islamic holidays have been determined in accordance with the Islamic calendar (Hijra) or the lunar calendar, or upon Islamic astronomical calculations,” the proclamation read.

“The National Commission on Muslim Filipinos shall inform the Office of the President on which day the holiday shall fall,” it said.

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  • Mara Bombita

    typo error dec 31 tuesday and jan 1 tuesday?

    • Danyale

      Above proclaimed holidays in this article are for the whole year of 2013; hence, January 01, 2013 falls on tuesday, likewise, December 31, 2013 also falls on tuesday. However, if you are referring to Dec. 31, 2012, it falls on monday.

    • Joy Frances

      i noticed that too.. but i guess because they’re both CY 2013, so hindi magkasunod kasi yung Jan 1 mauuna then Dec 31 after 12 months pa.. what we are both thinking kasi is Dec 31, 2012 and Jan 1, 2013..

    • . .

      please check your calendar lol…
      Aquino declares 16 national holidays for 2013…. (not 2012 )

    • Jason_Voorhees

      Nalilito ka lang titigan mo mabuti!

    • malek_abdul

      Tama naman ung January 01, 2013 (Tuesday) at December 31 2013 (Tuesday). Ikaw kasi tiningnan mo yung sumunod sa December 31, 2013 which is January 01, 2014 which is supposed to be Wednesday. Lakas ng tama mo…hehe

      • masterp0gi

        hahahaha. tawa ako ng tawa. thank you Mara.

      • don alto

        Kaya ka MaraBombita … bobita kasi siya! … kuha mo?? …. LOL!

  • Keith_P

    Chinese New Year is not a holiday?

    • DocDodi

      sorry no, pinoy kasi tayo

    • trebolinao

      Spratborough Is. issue kaya di sinama…

    • masterp0gi

      late ata dinedeclare un. check previous article regarding holidays for 2012. kung di ako nagkakamali, sinabi dun na sa sunod pa sasabihin dahil di sure sa date. 

      pero sure un na holiday kasi nasa law na ata ito.

  • Krizz Ibarra

    bakit katoliko lang at muslim ang may holidays, paano naman ang ibang christian protestant sects, buddhists, hindus, sikhs, scientologists, INC, moonists, communists,  atheists and agnostics.  or better yet follow the constitution about separation of church and state and eliminate all those religious holidays.

    • CmdrAdobo

      So point mo gusto mong tanggalin ang mga catholic holidays? :)

      • Krizz Ibarra

        ang mga religious holidays

      • CmdrAdobo

        you’re the only person i know that you dont like holiday. Get a life man.

    • padrefaura

      parami muna sila para bigyan din ng holiday. 

    • Pitbulldog

      Aba, kung ganon ang gusto mo, mas mainam.  Buong taon na tayong mag-holidays at wala nanag trabaho.  Mas gusto ni P-noy yan sa tingin ko.

    • yyzxyz

       include in the list prisoners, rapists, hold uppers, kidnappers, gamblers, drivers, workers, labanderas, dogs, cats, bankers, texters, surfers, etc..  There are 365 days in a year, so there should not be a problem accommodating every profession out there.

    • Rigoberto_Doronila

      OO nga naman. Dapat may holiday for everyone. February 29, 2013 should be Krizz Ibarra Day.

  • Kim

    it seems that only 2 religions are recognized in the philippines my phlippines…

  • recelyn

    President Noynoy, para po di na tayo mahirapan lahat ay pagsamasamahin nyo na po ang lahat ng Holiday sa month of August for example. Christmass, New Year at iba pa, pati kapanganakan ng mga bayani ay sa August na lang i-celebrate lahat. Para isang buwang katamaran at ng matapos.

    • trebolinao

      sa august na rin kau magbirthday ng buong pamilya nyo…better…..

  • iping2sison

    Suggest that only regular holidays should be observed as non-working days. Likewise, suggest that Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, should be deleted and replaced with more meaningful nationalistic holidays, like Ninoy Aguino Day on 21 August and EDSA Revolution Anniversay on 25 February. If Pnoy wants to accelerate economic progress of PH, holidays should be trimmed to the minimum possible. Most companies already provide paid vacation leaves and sick leaves, these mandated holidays are added costs to all employers. 

    • Guest

       “Likewise, suggest that Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, should be
      deleted and replaced with more meaningful nationalistic holidays, like
      Ninoy Aguino Day on 21 August and EDSA Revolution Anniversay on 25

      Most laughable suggestion I heard so far.

      • iping2sison

         For your info, these two days are not observed in our progressive neighbours, even Christmas is not in list of their holidays.

      • john mark santos

        its because we are mostly Christians and they are not.

      • Kim

        Christianity is totally different from catholicsm…

      • Rigoberto_Doronila

         yes, the latter is the oldest christian sect that’s not so fundamentalist and traces all the way back to Peter the Apostle.

      • Rigoberto_Doronila

         Of course. one such progressive neighbor has Kim IL Sung Day instead. Or Worship (insert dictator’s name) Day in countries like Burma, China, Cambodia, etc.

        Btw. Christmas is a holiday in Malaysia.

      • Mansueta Schatz

        sa Germany 2 ang Christmas holiday Dec. 25 & 26 at New year siempre mas marami silang holiday dito kaysa sa atin…

      • don alto

        Eh, di doon ka manirahan … pakialam naman namin sa kanila!!! ..LOL!

      • damatannapo

        nakakatawa sa iyo 

        pero may opinion rin ang iba

      • don alto

        Oo nga  … Napaka-KUPS talaga!! … Makasali lang sa usapan … LOL !!

    • john mark santos

      if you will just study the significance of Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, you will find it very meaningful.

    • JK1000

      you forgot also those companies you mentioned most of them they don’t provide insurance , and WORST ! most of their employees are not regular. Tsk ! Tsk !  Greed…

  • Bright

    I am okay with these holidays. 

  • stealth ice

    what about the lunar chinese new year? it seems the president has already forgotten it.

  • bayan

     magbabago pa isip nyan, nakalmutan nya yung birthday ng nanay nya

    • JK1000

      Marcos loyalist !  Hindi na kayo kasi maka pagnakaw kaya galit kayo.

      • adam_d_ant

        JK ”” jerk off ka  … 1000 times over ..

        ang mga nauuto talaga ni budoy … ngeee

      • m1600

        birthday ni Kris Aquino?

  • adam_d_ant

    kulang ang holidays  …

    dapat meron “budoy day”  … ipalit sa april fool’s day   … one week holiday ‘to.  tapos meron “badaf day”, in recognition sa tenant ng palasyo at mga kalaro n’ya

    • JK1000

      Idiot !

      • adam_d_ant

        he he heh  … what a turd …paano napasali si marcos dito? 

        kaya tuloy nagiging budoy to the nth degree si retard kasi puro sisiw ang mga alagad.

        dagdagan pa natin ng isang holiday   — “supoters” and “tangahanga” holiday  … in recognition sa mga nauuto ni budoy … pwede kang mag apply as sgt without arms

  • muddygoose

    This is good for people planning to travel to and within the Philippines. Looks like the government is getting better at planning things ahead of time and informing people. Unfortunately, for some losers, it’s another chance to make cheap jokes about disabilities, sexual preferences, and dead mothers.

  • pangitbudhiko

    sana ang ginawa niya yung declared holiday and non working holiday, ay ginawa sana niya working days and then the rest of the year are non working days Eh di mas maraming matutuwa sa kanya, mga gabinte ni abnoy, mga senatong and the  tongresman. More fun in the Philippines

    • JK1000

      BOBO !  puro ka REKLAMO…

      • pangitbudhiko

        ikaw ang bobo, nagrereklamo ba ako, intindihin mo yung binabasa  mo bago tumawag ng bobo, I kaw ang bobo

  • JK1000

    Lintik na pag-iisip yan ! Anong klaseng tao ka ? puru ka REKLAMO ng REKLAMO. Ikaw, ano ba nagawa mo para makatulong ?

  • Uliran

    easy ka lang brad,

  • Jon

    All work and no play makes Budoy dull and gray.
    He needs these days to relax even more.

  • masterp0gi

    dami mong issues pre. what did the president ever do to you. at least maaga nila inaannounce mga holidays

    • don alto

      Pagpasensyahan nyo na si maximus_meridius. Malakas pa ang tama nya ….LOL …. walang basagan ng trip … pare!

      Tumira ng almirol kaya ganyan pagiisip!! Saka kaya galit yan kasi TAMBAY siguro yan … balewala sa kanya ang holidays …. LOL!!

  • antichinaprous

    puro holiday ang dine declare ni Pnoy. ano ang stand mo sa scarborough shoal? kelan mo de declare na pabalikin ang coast guard natin?

  • Cal_Reznick

    He also probably has signed a secret proclamation declaring 365 days of holidays in 2013 for anyone who is the President of the Philippines.

  • LendingWanted

    masarap mag pahinga pag holidays 
    nagpapahinga ka din ba nun president?

  • Jojo

    hahahaha :)

    ano problema natin? mukha masama pakiramdam mo

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