Published: October 28, 2020 | Updated: November 4, 2020 | Posted by: Moneymax | Personal Finance
Any employee is looking forward to two things—paydays and holidays. Well, who doesn’t? Holidays in the Philippines allow people to spend some quality time with their loved ones, and that much-needed me-time before getting back to the daily grind.
Start planning your vacations by keeping tab of Philippines holidays in 2021, as well as the remaining holidays and long weekends in 2020. To give you a glimpse, there will be 19 holidays and seven long weekends next year. Exciting, right?
Here’s a quick guide to PH holidays and long weekends that can help you plan your vacations wisely.
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There are 247 working days and 19 holidays in the Philippines in 2021. According to research done by Gulf Business, the Philippines is one of the countries with the most public holidays in the world. India tops the list followed by Columbia and the Philippines.
Holidays in the Philippines are also grouped into two—regular and special non-working holidays. Regular holidays typically have a fixed date, like New Year’s Day, Labor Day, and Christmas Day. On the other hand, special non-working holidays are more flexible. They are typically enacted by Congress or declared by the President.
The President will issue a separate holiday declaration for Eid’l Fitr, the end of Ramadan, and for Eid’al Adha, the Feast of the Sacrifice. The declaration is typically announced after the dates for these Islamic holidays are determined according to the Islamic calendar. The National Commission on Muslim Filipinos informs the Office of the President of the dates for these Islamic holidays.
You can maximize your public holidays if you know how to plan right. Take note of these long weekends to get most out of your vacation time:
If these long weekends are not enough for you, you can extend it further. This is where being strategic in filing your hard-earned vacation leaves or VL comes into play.
Some 2021 holidays fall on a Tuesday or Thursday, so it’s best to file your leave on these sandwiched holidays. For example, the EDSA People Power Revolution Anniversary falls on a Thursday. You can file for VL the day after it (Friday) to get a four-day long weekend.
If you have more than 10 paid VLs annually, don’t let them go to waste. Use them and take some time to recharge and relax. File for VL on August 31 (Tuesday) after National Heroes Day to get another four-day long weekend.
|2021 Philippine Holidays||When to File a Leave||Resulting Long Weekend|
|January 1, 2021 – Friday (New Year's Day)||January 4 (Monday)||January 1 to 4 (four days)|
|February 12, 2021 – Friday (Chinese New Year)||February 15 (Monday)||February 12 to 15 (four days)|
|February 25, 2021 – Thursday (EDSA People Power Revolution Anniversary)||February 26 (Friday)||February 25 to 28 (four days)|
|April 1, 2021 – Thursday (Maundy Thursday), April 2, 2021 – Friday (Good Friday), and April 3, 2021 (Black Saturday)||April 5 (Monday)||April 1 to 5 (five days)|
|April 9, 2021 – Friday (Araw ng Kagitingan)||April 12 (Monday)||April 9 to 12 (four days)|
|August 30, 2021 – Monday (National Heroes' Day)||August 31 (Tuesday)||August 28 to 31 (four days)|
|November 30, 2021 – Tuesday (Bonifacio Day)||November 29 (Monday)||November 27 to 30 (four days)|
|December 8, 2021 – Wednesday (Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary)||December 9 and 10 (Thursday and Friday)||December 8 to 12 (five days)|
|December 24, 2021 – Friday (Christmas Eve)||December 23 (Thursday)||December 23 to 26 (four days)|
|December 30, 2021 – Thursday (Rizal Day) and December 31, 2021 – Friday (last day of the year)||December 29 (Thursday)||December 29 to January 2, 2022 (five days)|
Done plotting your VLs? Great! Here are some quick ideas you may consider as you start planning your vacations around holidays in the Philippines for 2021.
It’s too late to plan for a vacation for the last few days of 2020, especially now that traveling is still strict. Instead, you can go on a road trip around places near Metro Manila such as Batangas, Laguna, Bulacan, or Tagaytay.
You have plenty of choices in celebrating this major Chinese holiday like having a food trip in Binondo. Or simply feast on traditional Chinese dishes (tikoy, pancit, lumpia, dumplings, and round fruits) with your family at home.
Apart from visiting your late loved ones on All Saint’s Day, why not spend the weekend reliving your fondest memories with them? Go to you and your beloved’s favorite places. Perhaps, do activities that you both enjoyed.
You have around five to 12 days to spend outside work, so maximize your holiday break! Plan your reunion and travel schedules for December carefully, so you won’t spread yourself too thin and get haggard when you get back to work after your vacation.
Why not end the year with a bang? Tick off your 2021 New Year’s Resolution before 2022 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?
Despite the pandemic, you can still plan for the remaining holidays and long weekends in 2020. Below are the remaining dates for the year and a vacation leaves cheat sheet for December.
|2020 Philippine Holidays||When to File a Leave||Resulting Long Weekend|
|December 8, 2020 – Wednesday (Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary)||December 7 (Monday)||December 5 to 8 (four days)|
|December 24 and 25 – Thursday and Friday (before Christmas and Christmas Day) and December 30 to December 31 (Rizal day and last day of the year)||December 28 to 29 (Monday and Tuesday)||December 24 to 31 (eight days)|
Now that you have an idea of upcoming holidays and long weekends in the Philippines, start plotting your trips and vacations. In doing so, you can give your bosses an early heads-up and file your vacation leaves strategically. It also allows you to schedule your activities properly and be on the lookout for discounts on flight, hotel, and tour bookings. It was a challenging year so better make the most out of it!
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