Friday, December 31, 2010

It's 2011! Let's all have a blast! (Philippine Legal Holidays as declared by Malacanang)

I only have good public holiday memories of 2010! As the year comes to a close let us not forget to count our wonderful travel experiences and the blessings that flow with them! It was a bountiful year of grace (notwithstanding plenty of public holidays)!

Moving on, It's 2011! Cheers!



Vive bene spesso l'amore di risata molto


Live well love often laugh much



From 21 public holidays last year, it's down to 16 this year. P Noy cut the number of paid holidays amid complaints from foreign business groups unhappy over mounting overtime pay.
"Mr. Aquino said the Philippines tended to go off work even when it was not observing religious holidays or the death anniversaries of heroes, such as when a regular working Friday or Monday is sandwiched between a holiday and the weekend.
Seven foreign chambers of commerce issued a report earlier last week that concluded too many holidays were forcing many potential investors to avoid the country while raising costs for employers by tens of millions of dollars." --abs-cbnnews.com

To help you plan your trips ahead, here is the official declaration by Malacanang:
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"As per Official Gazette post, President Benigno S. Aquino III signed Proclamation No. 84 entitled DECLARING THE REGULAR HOLIDAYS, SPECIAL (NON-WORKING) DAYS, AND SPECIAL HOLIDAY (FOR ALL SCHOOLS) FOR THE YEAR 2011 today.
According to the Proclamation No. 84, the Philippines 2011 holiday are categorized into three: Regular HolidaysSpecial Non-Working Days and Special Holiday (for all schools).
The following days will be Regular Holidays:
  • New Year’s Day – January 1 (Saturday)
  • Araw ng Kagitingan – April 9 (Saturday)
  • Maundy Thursday – April 21
  • Good Friday – April 22
  • Labor Day – May 1 (Sunday)
  • Independence Day – June 12 (Sunday)
  • National Heroes Day – August 29 (Last Monday of August)
  • Bonifacio Day – November 30 (Wednesday)
  • Christmas Day – December 25 (Sunday)
  • Rizal Day – December 30 (Friday)
The following days are Special Non-Working Days:
  • Ninoy Aquino Day – August 21 (Sunday)
  • All Saints Day – November 1 (Tuesday)
  • Last Day of the Year – December 31 (Saturday)
And a day will be Special Holiday (for all schools):
  • EDSA Revolution Anniversary – February 25 (Friday)

The proclamation also have provisions for the national holidays for the observance of Eid’l Fitr and Eidul Adha, but the exact date is still to be determined in accordance with the Islamic calendar. The dates shall be determined by National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF). 
"The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) shall promulgate the implementing guidelines for this Proclamation," the proclamation stated.

The compelete proclamation in pdf file can be accessed thru this link

More travels! Have a blast in 2011!

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