So many had happened this year- a new president reigned the highest seat in the Philippines, the education system switched from distance learning to face-to-face set-up, an earthquake epicentered in some parts of the country taking away their most valuable possesions-house and car, cases of kidnapping becomes rampant on the news, the 4th case of Monkeypox has been recently reported, typhoon Florita hits the Luzon and Visayas region, and most especially the cold breeze of “BER” months is fast approaching which means year 2023 is waving at us!
That being said, you may now plan your vacation trip ahead because the Malacańang has released on Tuesday, August 23, the list of regular holidays and special non-working days for the year 2023, after the ratification of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. of Proclamation No. 42. According to the document, the Palace will make additional proclamations to declare Eidul Fitr and Eidul Adha as national holidays “after the approximate dates of the Islamic holidays have been determined in accordance with the Islamic calendar.”
The 37th anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution was also highlighted in the proclamation “which ushered political, social, and economic reforms in the country,” on February 25 next year. Additionally, it is said that the day former senator Benigno S. Aquino Jr. passed away on August 21 of each year is designated as a national holiday.
Moreover, the proclamation also noted that Black Saturday, which occurs on April 8, 2023, has historically been designated as a special holiday in the nation to observe Holy Week as “one of the most cherished traditions of our predominantly Catholic people.” The Feast of Mary’s Immaculate Conception, which falls on December 8, 2023, was also mentioned as having to be observed annually.
The proclamation also emphasized the importance of designating November 2, 2023, as an additional special (non-working) day across the nation “will strengthen family ties by providing more time for the traditional All Saints’ Day, All Souls’ Day activities, as well as promote domestic tourism.” Below is the official list of list of regular holidays and special non-working days next year, 2023.
- New Year’s Day– January 1 (Sunday)
- Araw ng Kagitingan– April 9 (Sunday)
- Maundy Thursday– April 6
- Good Friday– April 7
- Labor Day– May 1 (Monday)
- Independence Day– June 12 (Monday)
- National Heroes Day– August 28 (Last Monday of August)
- Bonifacio Day– November 30 (Thursday)
- Christmas Day– December 25 (Monday)
- Rizal Day– December 30 (Saturday)
SPECIAL NON-WORKING DAYS
- EDSA People Power Anniversary– February 25 (Saturday)
- Black Saturday– April 8
- Ninoy Aquino Day– August 21 (Monday)
- Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary– December 8 (Friday)
- Last Day of the Year– December 31 (Sunday)
- Additional Special (Non-working) Day– November 2 (Thursday)
See the entire proclamation here