Philippine Holidays: 9 Long Weekends in 2015

Set your calendars ready because the following lists down your potential holiday vacation destinations this coming year of 2015.

Overlooking Boracay Island from Mt Luho
Overlooking Boracay Island from Mt Luho

#1: January 1 – 2, 2015, Thursday – New Year’s Day (Regular holiday)

Suggested Destination: Boracay (Aklan) / Bakhawan Eco-Park

Arguably one of the best tourist destination in the country known for its white sands and clear waters, Boracay in Aklan is a place to be during New Year’s Day. Enjoy the party in the area or simply just enjoy the beach. Either way, you will still have a good time at Boracay. Why not extend your stay in Boracay if you are already in the area during the New Year’s Day as January 2 is an additional special non-working holiday. Otherwise, you can go to Bakhawan Park which is just a few drives away from Boracay in Aklan.

Northern Part of Marinduque
Northern Part of Marinduque (photo by Wikipedia)

#2: April 2 – 4, 2015, Thursday – Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Black Saturday (Regular holidays)

Suggested Destination: Marinduque

Marinduque is the place to be if you want to get a full experience of your holiday during the Holy Week. During the Maundy Thursday, in as early as 5 in the morning up until 7 in the night, Marinduque is full of celebrations and activities including the holy masses, parade of costumes, and the famous Moriones festival. A day after, Good Friday will let you experience another holy mass, parades, and film showing. Finally, during the Black Saturday, experience another batch of holy masses and parades.

#3: May 1, 2015, Friday – Labor Day (Regular holiday)

Suggested Destination: Subic Freeport Zone / Clark Freeport Zone

Where is the best place to commemorate an occasion inspired by an American revolution? – Places Americans left behind the country bearing their trademark, that is. Specifically, I am referring to former American bases in the country namely Subic Bay Freeport Zone (SBFZ) or Clark Freeport Zone. Literally, going through either of this places is like being in America for the area’s quality and infrastructure. Traveling in either place is a sight in itself.

Aguinaldo Shrine in Cavite
Aguinaldo Shrine in Cavite (photo by CRESPO-AZORIN via Wikipedia)

#4: June 12, 2015, Friday – Independence Day (Regular holiday)

Suggested Destination: Aguinaldo Shrine (Kawit, Cavite)

Although the independence of the country from foreign control may have varied as is written in history which may have started in as early as 1895 (independence from Spain) to as late as the 1945 (independence from the Japanese), it is only a year later (1946) that the country was officially recognized through the Treaty of Manila as an independent nation. As an annual national holiday in the country (following June 12, 1898; an independence from Spain), the occasion is best experienced in a place where the first official flag of the country was raised – Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit, Cavite.

#5: August 21, 2015, Friday – Ninoy Aquino Day (Special non-working day)

Suggested Destination: Ninoy Aquino Parks & Wildlife Center (Diliman, Quezon City)

As a result of Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino, Jr.’s untimely demise which led to People Power Revolution that usurped the then political leader of the country, Ferdinand E. Marcos. Ninoy Aquino Day is a special working holiday to commemorate such part of the history of the country in part of being a significant figure whose name is most popular as the rename of the first ever international airport in the South East Asia. While it is the airport itself, Ninoy Aquino International Airport, or EDSA which best represents the occasion, such places however are not the ideal places to celebrate the holiday for its situation – those sites are public locations not deemed vacation destinations. Better just go to Ninoy Aquino Parks & Wildlife Center in Diliman, Quezon City for a place worth commemorating the celebration for.

#6: August 31, 2015, last Monday of August – National Heroes Day (Regular holiday)

Suggested Destination: Libingan ng mga Bayani (Fort Bonifacio, Taguig)

There is one definitive place to go to if you’re to pay tribute to our heroes of the past whose sacrifice were as a result of our current freedom and independence from foreign control – Libingan ng mga Bayani or Heroes’ Cemetery in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City. Why not visit the place on your day off from work with its occasion in the place. You not only get to acknowledge the real meaning of the occasion, the experience also adds more to the worth of going to the place.

#7: November 30, 2015, Monday – Bonifacio Day (Regular holiday)

Suggested Destination: Manila

Who would not give tribute to the founder of Katipunan and supposed first president of the Philippines (unofficial) during the Spanish colonial rule? Andres Bonifacio may be of humble origins but his legacy as a hero of the country still lives to this day. Instead of his date of death, law states that his date birth would be the holiday for Andres Bonifacio’s credit. There’s no definitive place to celebrate the occasion, however, Manila will surely host of it as a tribute.

#8: December 25, 2015, Friday – Christmas Day (Regular holiday)

Suggested Destination: Baguio City

As a nation founded in the faith of Christianity, Christmas Day is one such occasion that cannot be passed by to complete a full year experience. Traditionally celebrated every 25th day of December, Christmas Day if not celebrated at home can also be best experienced at a cooler place that is in Baguio City. As also a summer capital of the country, nowhere can it get cooler elsewhere in the country than in Baguio City especially during the “-ber” months. Feel the breeze and coolness of the season in Baguio City.

#9: December 30 – 31, 2015, Wednesday – Rizal Day (Regular holiday) / Last day of the year (Special non-working day)

Suggested Destination: Rizal Park, Manila

Also known colloquially as Luneta Park, Rizal Park is a historical urban park located along Roxas Boulevard, City of Manila adjacent to the old walled city of Intramuros. As the specific location of an execution to the life of a national hero, there is no better place to celebrate Rizal Day than in this park in Manila on the 30th of December. Afterwards, why not prepare for the whole day at home expecting New Year’s Day a day after.

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