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Holiday Alert! August 29, 2022, Monday is PH’s National Heroes Day #WalangPasok

3-Day Weekend in PH This August 29, National Heroes Day

The Rizal Shrine in Dapitan

Long Weekend Alert: August 29, Monday is National Heroes Day

The long weekend we’ve been waiting for has finally arrived!

Palace announced that August 29, 2022, Monday, is declared a regular holiday for National Heroes Day. Celebrated every last Monday of August, National Heroes Day is a day to honor the heroes who have fought for the Philippine independence during the Spanish colonial period. Philippine national heroes such as Andres Bonifacio, Apolinario Mabini, Emilio Aguinaldo, and Jose Rizal are remembered on this particular day to honor their sacrifices and bravery in fighting for freedom hundreds of years ago.

Now that it has been declared a holiday, most of the workforce and students won’t have work and classes on Monday, which only means one thing– a long weekend! What’s your plan for this three-day weekend? In case you’re planning to go on a short out-of-town adventure, here are some historical tours you might want to consider:

Bambike Ecotours in Intramuros, Manila

Bambike for rent
Bambike for rent

Make your weekend worthwhile with a historical ecotour in Intramuros! Make it more fun by trying out Bambike Ecotours, where you can ride a bike while exploring the historical sites of Intramuros. Learn from the “Bambassadors” who will be the tour guides in this exciting and challenging historical trip in Manila. Explore Fort Santiago, Japanese Cannon, Puerta Real Gardens, and more in this exciting history adventure.

Rizal Shrine in Calamba, Laguna

A statue of young Jose Rizal and his dog. Image grabbed from Rizal Shrine Calamba’s Facebook page
A statue of young Jose Rizal and his dog. Image grabbed from Rizal Shrine Calamba’s Facebook page

What’s a celebration of National Heroes Day without remembering our national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal? Just about an hour away from Manila, you can actually visit the childhood home of Jose Rizal in Calamba, Laguna. Also called the Rizal Shrine, the home of Rizal and his family serves as a museum where you can see Rizal’s original belongings, reconstructed rooms, and other noteworthy spots that’ll show you the life he and his family lived.

Mactan Shrine in Cebu

Mactan Shrine in Lapu-Lapu City by Badz Patanag via Wikimedia cc
Mactan Shrine in Lapu-Lapu City by Badz Patanag via Wikimedia cc

One of the most memorable historical sites in Cebu is the Mactan Shrine. There’s a statue built in honor of Lapu-Lapu, the chieftain of Mactan who fought against Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan in 1521. It is said that it’s located in the exact place where the Battle of Mactan happened. Come and visit the shrine, which was built as a reminder of the bravery that Lapu-Lapu has exemplified, a pride of Cebu.

Museo ni Jose Rizal in Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte

The Rizal Shrine in Dapitan
The Rizal Shrine in Dapitan

If you’re based in Mindanao, there’s also a place where you can learn more about our national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal.  Visit the Museo ni Rizal in Dapitan, where Rizal spent his time in exile. You can explore four galleries to learn more about Rizal’s scientific and artistic pursuits, the letters he wrote while in exile, and other personal memorabilia. A walk through the galleries will get you to appreciate our country’s hero!

There are more historical sites in the Philippines that you can explore either alone or with family and friends! Make sure to make your National Heroes Day exciting and full of learning. Where are you headed this long weekend? Share it with us in the comment section below!

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Written by Melo Villareal

Melo Villareal is the Online Publisher of He is an Accountant by profession who left the corporate world at the age of 23 to explore his beautiful country and the rest of the world. Today, Melo works as a part-time Social Media Manager for local and international clients. His full-time work focuses on discovering interesting culture, explore different cuisines and take memorable photos from local and international destinations he's visiting.

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