Philippine Holidays 2013
In the Philippines, the president proclaims the list of holidays each and every year. Recently, the list of Philippine holidays 2013 was released in proclamation number 450 and is discussed below in specifics, including all regular holidays, work holidays and school holidays.
The regular holidays that occur throughout the year are on the same calendar day or specific week each and every year. These regular Philippine holidays 2013 include the following:
- New Year’s Day: January 1, 2013, which falls on a Tuesday
- Maundy Thursday: March 28, 2013, which is always on a Thursday
- Good Friday: March 29, 2013, which is always on a Friday
- Araw ng Kagitingan: April 9, 2013, which falls on a Tuesday
- Labor Day: May 1, 2013, which falls on a Wednesday
- Independence Day: June 12, 2013, which falls on a Wednesday
- National Heroes Day: August 26, 2013, which is the last Monday of August
- Bonifacio Day: November 30, 2013, which falls on a Saturday
- Rizal Day: December 30, 2013, which falls on a Monday
Special Non-Working Days
In addition to the regular holidays, the president also declares a number of additional days in which the citizens of the Philippines do not have to work. These special non-working Philippine holidays 2013 include the following:
- Black Saturday: March 30, 2013, which is always on a Saturday
- Ninoy Aquino Day: August 21, 2013, which falls on a Wednesday
- All Saints Day: November 1, 2013, which falls on a Friday
- November 2, 2013, which falls on a Saturday
- December 24, 2013, which falls on a Tuesday
- Last Day of the Year: December 31, 2013, which falls on a Tuesday
Special Holiday for All Schools
Students in school have one additional day on top of all of the other Philippine holidays 2013 listed above that is considered a holiday. The EDSA Revolution Anniversary is marked each year by a special holiday. In 2013, this anniversary is on Monday, February 25. This day marks the country’s non-violent revolution that led to the departure of the President Ferdinand Marcos and restored the democracy. EDSA refers to the street where a majority of the revolutions took place, which is known as the Epifanio de los Santos Avenue. At the end of the revolution, Corazon Aquino was proclaimed to be the legitimate president.
Black Saturday falls between Good Friday and Easter Sunday. This day has traditionally been declared a special non-working day throughout the country in respect of the citizen’s religious observances of this Holy Week. These Philippine holidays 2013 continue the President’s tradition of adding specific days to lengthen holidays so that citizens may enjoy celebrations with friends and family across the country. Other days that fall into this same category are Saturday, November 2, 2013 and Tuesday, December 24, 2013.
The President of the Philippines has the power to proclaim holidays every year because of the country’s Constitution. With the exception of religious holidays, many holidays are moved to the nearest Monday for the sake of convenience.