Long Weekend Destinations for 2017

Club Paradise in Coron Palawan

Plan your Holiday: Long Weekend Destinations for 2017

It’s the last quarter of the year and we will soon be approaching 2017. The official list of Philippine holidays for 2017 have already been released and you know what that means: time to plot getaway plans for the long weekends.

Next year will be a good year what with 11 long weekends and only 3 days of leave. If you still haven’t made any plans, here are some great ideas for your next destination.

December 30 – January 1

Holidays: December 30 (Rizal Day), January 1 (New Year’s Day)

Watch Philippine International Pyromusical Competition 2017
Watch Philippine International Pyromusical Competition 2017

Let’s start up the year with a bang. Where’s the best place to do a New Year’s countdown? In Manila, of course. The SM Mall of Asia also offers a spectacular fireworks show that everyone will surely enjoy.

April 13 – April 16

Holidays: April 13 – 15 (Holy Week)

Experience Moriones Festival 2017
Experience Moriones Festival 2017

How do the Catholics in the Philippines celebrate Holy Week? Well, head on to Marinduque to find out. People visit Marinduque during the Holy Week, in time for the Moriones Festival, where men and women wear masks and costumes to replicate the Roman soldiers from the Bible.

April 29 – May 1

Holiday: May 1 (Labor Day)

Party in Boracay
Laboracay 2017 Party in Boracay

For the party-loving travelers, Boracay is THE only place to go. The Labor Day weekend is most famous in Boracay for the Laboracay 2017 parties, characterized by foam parties, concerts, endless plates of food and free-flowing drinks.

June 10 – June 12

Holiday: June 12 (Independence Day)

Visit Rizal Compound in Dapitan City
Visit Rizal Compound in Dapitan City

What better place to spend Independence Day than by celebrating the life of Rizal in the place where he was exiled: Dapitan. You can visit Rizal’s farm there, which has been turned into a museum, and imagine his life as an ordinary citizen, before he was executed in Bagumbayan for rebellion, sedition and conspiracy.

June 24 – June 27

Leave: June 26

Holiday: June 27 (Eid’l Fitr, tentative date)

Cotabato Grand Mosque
Cotabato Grand Mosque

Celebrate the Eid’l Fitr with our fellow Muslim brothers and sisters by visiting Cotabato City. The city is home to the Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Masjid, which is the largest mosque in the entire country. It was built for by the Sultan of Brunei of the same name, using his personal money, to help the growing Muslim community in the southern Philippines.

August 19 – August 21

Holidays: August 21 (Ninoy Aquino Day)

Camiguin White Sand Bar
Camiguin White Sand Bar Photo source Wiki

Longing to go some place far for the long weekend? Check out Camiguin in Mindanao. Also known as the Island Born of Fire, Camiguin is the second smallest province in the country after Batanes, and offers quite a lot of things to do. For example, you can go diving or take a dip in its numerous falls and springs or you can also climb its highest peak, Mount Hibok-Hibok.

August 26 – August 28

Holidays: August 28 (National Heroes Day)

Surfing in Siargao
Surfing in Siargao Caption: Photo via WayPH

Surf season is up! Why not head on to the surfing capital of the Philippines, Siargao Island? This is the best time to catch surfing competitions and see how the pros do it or you can also enroll yourself in a surfing camp to level up your skills.

October 28 – November 1

Leave: October 30

Holidays: October 31 (additional Special non-working holiday), November 1 (All Saints’ Day)

Baguio City View
Baguio City View Baguio City Landscape by Edpan Newyork Wikipedia

If horror movies and stories on TV is not enough to scare you, head on to Baguio City where you can go on an actual ghost tour. The tour starts in the afternoon and ends at night, which includes tours around the scariest nooks and crannies of the city.

November 30 – December 3

Leave: December 1

Holidays: November 30 (Bonifacio Day)

Surfing in Baler by Oliver Bautista
Surfing in Baler by Oliver Bautista

Did your quick trip to Siargao leave you wanting for more surfing action? This time around, head on to Baler, which is said to be the birthplace of surfing in the Philippines. According to history, it was after the crew of Apocalypse Now packed up and left their surfboards back in 1979 that the surf culture was born.

December 23 – December 25

Holidays: December 25 (Christmas Day)

Quezon Street in Vigan City
Quezon Street in Vigan City

We owe all our Christmas traditions to the Spaniards who brought Catholicism into the country. What better place to spend it than in a place where you can feel transported back in time, back to the Spanish era? The Calle Crisologo in Vigan, Ilocos Sur is the perfect setting to celebrate Christmas on your own, with your barkada or your family.

December 30 – January 1

Holidays: December 30 (Rizal Day), January 1 (New Year’s Day)

Taal Volcano
Taal Volcano Taal Volcano by Toto Ong

If you are not planning to go anywhere far come New Year’s Eve, you can probably just head over to Tagaytay. There are many things to do and places to go there: the Taal Lake, People’s Park in the Sky, Sky Ranch and many others.

However you decide to spend your long weekends is up to you but with more than 7,500 islands to visit in the country, you will never run out of places to go to!

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