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Dec 29, 2015
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Last August, the Official Gazette published Proclamation No. 1105, declaring the regular holidays and special non-working days for 2016.

A couple of days before the 2015 ends, we again turn our attention to this handy-dandy list.

President Noynoy Aquino's last holiday list basically follows the same schedule as 15 (18 holidays) but adds one special non-working day (October 31) to provide longer breaks and "strengthen family ties." *Yay*

Be guided accordingly and plan your prized leaves thoughtfully.


January 1 to 3 - New Year’s Day long weekend

Spare yourself from some post-firework smoke and litter, and let all the sumptuous grub you devoured during Media Noche settle before getting back to work. 


February 6 to 8 - Chinese New Year long weekend

Tikoy Season!


February 25 - EDSA People Power Revolution

How "rallies" should be done. Orderly and no thrown chairs involved.


March 24 to 27 - Holy Week long weekend

Longer time for reflection. Or for some, the beach.


April 9 - Araw ng Kagitingan

A historical movie marathon (Jose RizalHeneral Luna, Carlo J. Caparas's Tirad Pass: The Story of Gen. Gregorio del Pilar) would more than suffice.

May 1 - Labor Day

LaBoracay, anyone?


June 12 - Independence Day

Fun fact: This is also 10 days short of the Philippine premiere of the Independence Day sequel Resurgence.


August 21 - Ninoy Aquino Day

Republic Act 9256 was signed in 2004, or when Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was still in power. Will its annual observance continue once P-Noy relinquishes his position?


August 27 to 29 - National Heroes Day long weekend

With all these holidays celebrating patriotism, we, the people enjoying them, should have greater awareness of the essence of each one. 


October 29 to November 1 - All Saints Day + additional special non-working day

Is All Souls' Day not a thing anymore? 


November 30 - Bonifacio Day

Because the Supremo rightfully deserves his own day of commemoration. 


December 24 and 25 - Christmas Day + additional special non-working day

We guess this one's a given. Merry Christmas, in advance.


December 30 and 31 - Rizal Day + additional special non-working day 

With January 1, 2017 being a Sunday, we'll have to see if history will repeat itself and gives us a longer New Year's Day long weekend.

 

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