Plan Your Vacation Ahead During These 2018 Long Weekends in the Philippines

List of Official Philippine Public holidays and Long-weekend schedule for 2018

Malacañang Palace and the Office of the President has already announced the Full List of Regular and Non-Working Holidays in the Philippines for the upcoming calendar year, 2018. This means people can plan ahead their weekends away from the city or vacations out of the country as early as now.

Long Weekends in the Philippines
Long Weekends in the Philippines

The announcement, which was legalized when the Philippine President signed Proclamation No. 269 last week, confirms there will be ten regular holidays and five special, non-working commemoration holidays in 2018. Additionally, three extra non-working days have been added too.


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The list, however, still does not include the national holidays for Eid’l Fitr (end of the month-long fast during Ramadan) and Eid’l Adha as the dates for these Islamic holidays are yet to be determined.

Proclamations for their respective dates will follow.

The following are the regular holidays and special non-working holidays for 2018. This already includes the nights when the holidays start.

January 1 – New Year’s Day
February 16 – Chinese New Year
February 25 – EDSA Revolution Anniversary
March 29 – Maundy Thursday
March 30 – Good Friday
March 31 – Black Saturday
April 9 – Araw ng Kagitingan
May 1 – Labor Day
June 12 – Independence Day
August 21 – Ninoy Aquino Day
August 27 – National Heroes Day
November 1 – All Saints’ Day
November 2 – All Souls’ Day
November 30 – Bonifacio Day
December 24 – pre-Christmas Day
December 25 – Christmas Day
December 30 – Rizal Day
December 31 – last day of the year

Based on this list, it can be seen that there are at least eight long weekends in the upcoming year. In fact, 2018 will start with a long weekend as the New Year will immediately follow the Rizal Day and the Media Noche holidays.

2018 Long Weekend Holidays in the Philippines
2018 Long Weekend Holidays in the Philippines

The longest weekends so far will happen as usual in the Holy Week and Christmas week, both with five days. The Holy Week will start in the evening of March 28 and will finish on April 1 while Christmas week will happen on December 21-25.

The following is the complete list of long weekends in 2018:

December 29, 2017 – January 1, 2018
February 15, 2018 – February 18, 2018
March 28, 2018 – April 1, 2018
April 6, 2018 – April 9, 2018
August 24, 2018 – August 27, 2018
October 31, 2018 – November 4, 2018
November 29, 2018 – December 2, 2018
December 21, 2018 – December 25, 2018
December 28, 2018 – December 31, 2018

With this list finalized, you may as well start planning that long weekend trip you have been craving for so long as early as now.

Sources: Rappler, ABS-CBN

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