This is only in the Philippines, where public holidays in the country is well anticipated. In fact we have lots and too many of those freedom days. I cannot blame one congressman, he mentioned that... ‘Too many holidays not good for economy’. I don't think so. Yes, it's many, but I don't think it will impair the Philippine economy. I doubt he will be re-elected if he will try to amend and reduce the numbers. Pinoy pa. Many Filipinos are using these holidays for relaxation. A relax and unwind mind can do more and become more productive in the process. Right?
If you're a Filipino virtual assistant, an employee or working for someone or for a company, you can send these list of official holidays to your boss now. At least they will know in advance that you're somewhere taking advantage on this holidays. Having your vacation. With your family. With your friends. With your special someone.
Well, if you are not going somewhere and you decide to be on-board, you can ask them to increase your rate accordingly. (Sayang din, double time pay dapat)
Below you can check the actual Regular Holidays, Special (Non-Working) Days, and Special Holidays (for all schools) in the Philippines:
In addition, in the Philippines, we are also celebrating national holidays for the observance of Eid’l Fitr and Eidul Adha, for our beloved Filipino Muslims brothers and sister all over the Philippines.
You can read below the text that is also written on the Philippine Government website, signed by President BENIGNO S. AQUINO III:
Proclamation No. 459, s. 2012
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINES
PROCLAMATION NO. 459
DECLARING THE REGULAR HOLIDAYS, SPECIAL (NON-WORKING) DAYS, AND SPECIAL HOLIDAY (FOR ALL SCHOOLS) FOR THE YEAR 2013
WHEREAS, Republic Act (RA) No. 9492, dated July 24, 2007, amended Section 26, Chapter 7, Book I of Executive Order (EO) No. 292, also known as the Administrative Code of 1987, by declaring certain days (specific or movable) as special or regular holidays;
WHEREAS, RA No. 9492 provides that holidays, except those which are religious in nature, are moved to the nearest Monday unless otherwise modified by law, order or proclamation;
WHEREAS, RA No. 9849 provides that the Eidul Adha shall be celebrated as a national holiday;
WHEREAS, the EDSA People Power Revolution, which restored and ushered political, social and economic reforms in the country, serves as an inspiration to Filipinos everywhere as a nation and as a people:
WHEREAS, Saturday, 30 March 2013 falls between Good Friday and Easter Sunday; Black Saturday, falling between Good Friday and Easter Sunday, has been traditionally declared a special (non-working) day throughout the country because the observance of Holy Week is one of our people’s most cherished traditions and they must be given the full and uninterrupted opportunity to ponder on the significance of Holy Week and to properly observe its traditions with religious fervor, without prejudice to public interest;
WHEREAS, Saturday, 2 November 2013, falling between Friday, 1 November 2013 (All Saints Day) and Sunday, has been traditionally declared a special (non-working) day throughout the country;
WHEREAS, 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, Saturday, 2 November 2013, may be declared as a special (non-working) day without detriment to public interest;
WHEREAS, in order to foster closer family ties and enable our countrymen to observe Christmas more meaningfully, it is but fitting to declare December 24, (Tuesday) as an additional special (non-working) day throughout the country;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BENIGNO S. AQUINO III, by virtue of the powers vested in me by the Constitution as President of the Philippines, do hereby declare:
SECTION 1. The following regular holidays and special days for the year 2013 shall be observed in the country:
A. 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)
B. 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 - November 2 (Saturday)
- - December 24 (Tuesday)
Last Day of the Year - December 31 (Tuesday)
C. Special Holiday (for all schools)
EDSA Revolution Anniversary - February 25 (Monday)
SECTION 2 The proclamations declaring national holidays for the observance of Eid’l Fitr and Eidul Adha shall hereafter be issued 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, whichever is possible or convenient. To this end, the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) shall inform the Office of the President on which day the holiday shall fall.
SECTION 3. The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) shall promulgate the implementing guidelines for this Proclamation.
SECTION 4. This Proclamation shall take effect immediately.
SECTION 5. This Proclamation shall be published in a newspaper of general circulation.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the Republic of thePhilippines to be affixed.
Done in the City of Manila, this 16th day of August, in the year of Our Lord, Two Thousand and Twelve.
(Sgd.) BENIGNO S. AQUINO III
By the President:
(Sgd.) PAQUITO N. OCHOA, JR.
So there you have it.... just enjoy these official holidays in the Philippines in 2013.