2018 Philippine holidays, long weekends

You may now start planning your vacation for next year as the official Philippine Holidays for 2018 has been declared by the President.

Malacañang has made public on Wednesday the Presidential Proclamation No. 269 signed July 17, 2017 declaring the regular holidays and special non-working days for the year 2018. Here’s the list:

Regular Holidays

  • January 1, 2018, Monday – New Year’s Day
  • March 29, 2018 – Maundy Thursday
  • March 30, 2018 – Good Friday
  • April 9, 2018, Monday – Araw ng Kagitingan
  • May 1, 2018, Tuesday – Labor Day
  • June 12, 2018, Tuesday – Independence Day
  • August 27, 2018, last Monday of August – National Heroes’ Day
  • November 30, 2018, Friday – Bonifacio Day
  • December 25, 2018, Tuesday – Christmas Day
  • December 30, 2018, Sunday – Rizal Day

Special Non-working Days

  • February 18, 2018, Friday – Chinese New Year
  • February 25, 2018, Sunday – EDSA Revolution Anniversary
  • March 31, 2018 – Black Saturday
  • August 21, 2018, Tuesday – Ninoy Aquino Day
  • November 1, 2018, Thursday – All Saints’ Day
  • December 31, 2018, Monday – last day of the year

The President has also added the following special non-working holidays:

  • November 2, 2018, Friday
  • December 24, 2018, Monday

As usual the proclamations for Muslims’ holidays Eid’l Fitr and Eid’l Adha will follow after approximate dates of the Islamic holidays have been determined.

So based on the above list, here are the long weekends for 2018:

  • February 18,19,20 – Chinese New Year falls on Friday
  • March 29,30,31, April 1 – Holy Week
  • April 7, 8, 9 – Araw ng Kagitingan falls on Monday
  • August 25, 26, 27 – Last Monday of August is National Heroes’ Day
  • November 1,2,3,4 – Undas Long Weekend
  • November 28, 29, 30 – Bonifacio Day falls on Monday
  • December 22,23,24,25 – Christmas Long Weekend
  • December 29, 30, 31, Jan 1 – Yearend/New Year Long Weekend

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has been directed to promulgate the implementing guidelines regarding the proclamation, especially the pay rules that employers and employees must follow during the holidays.

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