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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 for next year by keeping tab of Philippines holidays in 2022. Here’s a quick guide to the Philippine holidays and long weekends that can help you plan your vacations wisely.

List of Official Holidays in the Philippines 2022

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There are 239 working days[1] and 16 holidays in the Philippines in 2022. According to research done by Gulf Business, the Philippines is one of the countries with the most public holidays in the world.[2] 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.

However, recently, the Philippine government proclaimed three special working days to minimize work disruption and boost economic activity while we’re still dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.

List of Regular Holidays in the Philippines 2022

  • January 1, 2022 – Saturday (New Year’s Day)
  • April 9, 2022 – Saturday (Araw ng Kagitingan)
  • April 14, 2022 – Thursday (Maundy Thursday)
  • April 15, 2022 – Friday (Good Friday)
  • May 1, 2022 – Sunday (Labor Day)
  • June 12, 2022 – Sunday (Independence Day)
  • August 29, 2022 – Monday (National Heroes’ Day)
  • November 30, 2022 – Wednesday (Bonifacio Day)
  • December 25, 2022 – Sunday (Christmas Day)
  • December 30, 2022 – Friday (Rizal Day)

List of Special Non-Working Holidays in the Philippines 2022

  • February 1, 2022 – Tuesday (Chinese New Year)
  • February 25, 2022 – Friday (EDSA People Power Revolution Anniversary)
  • April 16, 2022 – Saturday (Black Saturday)
  • August 21, 2022 – Sunday (Ninoy Aquino Day)
  • November 1, 2022 – Tuesday (All Saints’ Day)
  • December 8, 2022 – Thursday (Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary)

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List of Special Working Holidays in the Philippines 2022

  • November 2, 2022 – Wednesday (All Souls’ Day)
  • December 24, 2022 – Saturday (Christmas Eve)
  • December 31, 2022 – Saturday (last day of the year)

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.[3]

Long Weekends in 2022

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You can maximize your holidays if you know how to plan right. Take note of these long weekends to get most out of your vacation time:

  • EDSA People Power weekend – February 25 to 27 (three days)
  • Holy Week – April 14 to 17 (four days)
  • National Heroes’ Day weekend – August 27 to 29 (three days)
  • End of the Year weekend – December 30 to January 1, 2023 (three days)

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When to Schedule Your Vacation Leaves for 2022

If these long weekends are not enough for you, you can extend them further. This is where being strategic in filing your hard-earned vacation leaves or VL comes into play.

Some 2022 holidays fall on a Tuesday or Thursday, so it’s best to file your leave on these sandwiched holidays. For example, Chinese New Year falls on a Tuesday. You can file for VL the day before it (Monday) to get a long four-day 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 October 31, 2022 (Monday) before All Saints’ Day to get another four-day long weekend.

Cheat Sheet to Schedule Your Leaves for 2022

2022 Philippine HolidaysWhen to File a LeaveResulting Long Weekend
January 1, 2022 – Saturday (New Year's Day)January 3 (Monday)January 1 to 3 (three days)
February 1, 2022 – Tuesday (Chinese New Year)January 31 (Monday)January 29 to February 1 (four days)
February 25, 2022 – Friday (EDSA People Power Revolution Anniversary)February 28 (Monday)February 25 to 28 (four days)
April 14, 2022 – Thursday (Maundy Thursday), April 15, 2022 – Friday (Good Friday), and April 16, 2022 (Black Saturday)April 18 (Monday)April 14 to 18 (five days)
April 9, 2022 – Saturday (Araw ng Kagitingan)April 8 (Friday) or April 11(Monday)April 8 to 10 or April 9 to 11 (four days)
August 29, 2022 – Monday (National Heroes' Day)August 30 (Tuesday)August 27 to 30 (four days)
November 1, 2022 – Tuesday (All Saints' Day)October 31 (Monday)October 29 to November 1 (four days)
November 30, 2022 – Wednesday (Bonifacio Day)November 28 and 29 (Monday and Tuesday)November 26 to 30 (five days)
December 8, 2022 – Thursday (Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary)December 9 (Friday)December 8 to 11 (four days)
December 25, 2022 – Sunday (Christmas Day)December 24 (Friday)December 24 to 26 (three days)
December 30, 2022 – Friday (Rizal Day) and December 31, 2022 – Saturday (last day of the year)December 29 (Thursday)December 29 to January 1, 2022 (four days)

Vacation Planning Ideas for Long Weekends

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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 2022.

New Year Weekend

It’s too late to plan for an out-of-town vacation for the last few days of 2021, even though domestic traveling rules have become more relaxed. Instead, you can go on a road trip around places near Metro Manila such as Batangas, Laguna, Bulacan, or Tagaytay.

Chinese New Year Weekend

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.

All Saint’s Day Weekend

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.

Christmas Weekend

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.

End of the Year Weekend

Why not end the year with a bang? Tick off your 2022 New Year’s resolution before 2023 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?

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Final Thoughts

Now that you have an idea of upcoming holidays in the Philippines, start plotting your long weekend 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. It’s been a challenging year, so you’d better make the most out of it!

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