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
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 Rizal, Heneral Luna, Carlo J. Caparas's Tirad Pass: The Story of Gen. Gregorio del Pilar) would more than suffice.
May 1 - Labor Day
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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