LIST: UPDATED 2021 Philippine Regular, Special Non-Working, and Long Weekend Holidays in PH
Manila, Philippines — After this tiring pandemic, everyone deserves a vacation. Are you now excited for your 2021 Holidays? If you are among those people who are already planning for a long weekend post-pandemic vacation, this list of the official Philippine Holidays 2021 will help you plan your trip.
Malacañang recently released a copy of Proclamation 986, which enumerates the regular holidays and special non-working days for 2021.
Under the proclamation, the following days are declared as Nationwide Holidays:
Complete List of Philippine Holidays and Long Weekends for 2021
- January 1 (Friday) – New Year’s Day
- April 1 – Maundy Thursday
- April 2 – Good Friday
- April 9 (Friday) – Araw ng Kagitingan
- May 1 (Saturday) – Labor Day
- June 12 (Saturday) – Independence Day
- August 30 (last Monday of August) – National Heroes Day
- November 30 (Tuesday) – Bonifacio Day
- December 25 (Saturday) – Christmas Day
- December 30 (Thursday) – Rizal Day
SPECIAL NON-WORKING HOLIDAYS
- February 12 (Friday) – Chinese New Year
- February 25 (Thursday) – EDSA People Power Revolution Anniversary
- April 3 – Black Saturday
- August 21 (Saturday) – Ninoy Aquino Day
- November 1 (Monday) – All Saints’ Day
- December 8 (Wednesday) – Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary
SPECIAL WORKING HOLIDAYS 2021
What is a Special Working Holiday?
Employees who reported for work on a special working holiday are entitled only to his basic rate. No premium pay is required since work performed on said days is considered work on ordinary working days.
Under Proclamation No. 1107, signed on Friday, changes were made from last year’s set of special holidays. Here are the new special working holidays for 2021:
- November 2 (Tuesday) – All Souls’ Day
- December 24 (Friday) – Christmas Eve
- December 31 (Friday) – New Years Eve
List of 8 long weekends in 2021
- January 1-3, 2021 (New Year weekend)
- February 12 to 14, 2021 (Chinese New Year weekend)
- February 25 to 28, 2021 (EDSA Anniversary weekend)
- April 1 to 4, 2021 (Holy Week)
- April 9 to 11, 2021 (Araw ng Kagitingan weekend)
- July 17 to 19, 2021 (Eid’l Adha weekend) **for update
- August 28 to 30, 2021 (National Heroes’ Day weekend)
- November 27 to 30, 2021 (Bonifacio Day weekend)
The proclamation of two Islamic holidays for the observance of Eidul Fitr and Eidul Adha will be issued after the dates of the Islamic Nationwide Holidays have been determined following the Islamic calendar (Hijra).
Projected dates of Philippine Islamic holidays in 2021:
- Eidul Fitr 2021 – Thursday, May 13
- Eidul Adha 2021 – Tuesday, July 20
The holiday proclamation also stated that “The National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) shall inform the Office of the President of the actual dates on which these holidays shall respectively fall.”
Holiday Pay in PH: What’s the difference between a Regular Holiday and a Special Non-Working Day?
The Labor Code of the Philippines specifies two types of holidays: the “regular holiday” and the “special non-working day.”
There is a difference in the compensation that employers must pay between the two types of holidays. There is also a difference in what is closed and in how the days are declared.
|Did not work (including rest days)||Did work|
|Regular holiday||100% of the daily wage||200% of the daily wage|
|Special non-working holiday||not paid||130% of the daily wage|
|Special working holiday||not paid||100% of the daily wage|
On top of these pay rules, an employee shall be given an additional 30% if the holiday falls on his or her rest day, and an additional 30% if they work overtime.
There you have it: Complete list of Philippine Regular, Special Non-Working Holidays, Special Working Holidays, and Long Weekend Holidays for the Year 2021.
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