The Philippine Long Weekend Guide For 2023
Everyone looks forward to payday and holidays.
While we all look forward to the time when we can vacation in faraway lands and exotic foreign cities abroad, there’s nothing wrong with spending quality time with loved ones and maybe some much-needed me-time away from work
With establishments slowly coming back to normal operations (with a few restrictions) after the pandemic, there will be nothing to stop you from maximizing your vacation time for the year.
For the year 2023, President Ferdinand Marcos aims to promote holiday economics implemented by the former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo which aims to encourage domestic travel and increase tourism expenditures due to longer weekends. This is under the president’s Proclamation No. 90.
- New Year’s Day, Sunday– January 1
- Maundy Thursday – April 6
- Good Friday – April 7
- Araw ng Kagitingan, – April 10 (Monday nearest April 9)
- Labor Day – May 1 (Monday)
- Independence Day – June 12 (Monday)
- National Heroes Day – August 28 (Monday)
- Bonifacio Day – November 27 (Monday nearest November 30)
- Christmas Day – December 25 (Monday)
- Rizal Day – December 30 (Saturday)
Special (non-working) days:
- EDSA People Power Revolution Anniversary – February 25 (Saturday)
- Black Saturday – April 8
- Ninoy Aquino Day – August 21 (Monday)
- All Saints’ Day – November 1 (Wednesday)
- Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary – December 8 (Friday)
- Last Day of the Year – December 31 (Sunday)
- Additional special (non-working day):
- January 2 (Monday)
- November 2 (Thursday)
*Additional holiday declarations will be posted by Malacañang in observance of Eid’l Fitr and Eid’l Adha after the recommendation of the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos on when these Islamic celebrations will be held.
Here’s how you can maximize your public holidays by knowing exactly when you should apply for annual leave to make it a long weekend.
Highlights for 2023
This year seems to be a brighter year for travel. While we may still have to follow protocols to keep the virus at bay, it’s now more lenient than it was in the previous year. With that being said, traveling is now possible nonetheless, and for those who want to satisfy their wanderlust for a quick weekend getaway, things are looking up!
Easter Sunday weekend
Black Saturday followed by Easter Sunday marks the culmination of the Holy Week for Catholics and making it a long weekend will help you cherish the traditions of this time even more.
All Saints’ Day weekend
Strengthen your bonds with family and kin alike by making All Saints’ Day and All Soul’s Day a long weekend filled with blessings for your loved ones.
With a little pre-planning, you can stretch out your Christmas weekend to celebrate that most special time with your loved ones without spreading yourself too thin between work and vacation.
End of the year weekend
The year-end festivities left you burned out? Try taking a long weekend in the last week of 2022 to recharge and get started on your 2023 resolutions.
Why not end the year with a bang? Tick off your 2023 New Year’s Resolution before 2024 starts—it’s never too late! However, if the Christmas holidays have already left you tired, why not spend a few days recharging before another year of more adventures and surprises?
All set for the long weekends in 2023?
Those bitten by the travel bug can still check out destinations in Metro Manila that will give you a good time without flying far and spending your savings.
If you simply plan to have a quick getaway for just a few hours’ drive, take your pick from our list of long weekend destinations near Metro Manila!
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