Monday, September 5, 2011

Philippine 2012 Holidays

2012 is fast approaching. And what better way to prepare for it is to know the holidays and when is the best time to book for your travels and vacation.

There are 2 types of holidays celebrated in the country, the national holidays which is celebrated nationwide and there is the local holiday pertinent only to demography or location. National holidays are of two types, the regular holidays and the special holidays. The special holidays in the country are the Ninoy Aquino Day, All Saints Day and Last Day of the Year. Some celebrations only gives students a day off like the People Power Day. Of course, there would be some declarations of holidays from time to time from the Malacañang like when the President gives his State of the Nation Address.

Last year, President Noynoy Aquino abolished the celebration of the holiday to the nearest Monday. This has been the practice during former President Arroyo’s term to give Filipinos long weekends. President Noy now wants to celebrate the holiday on the day itself.

Below is a list of holidays in the Philippines for 2012. Note that some of these are based on estimates and from the different calendar used for calculation (ie Chinese New Year from the lunar calendar while Eid il Fitr from the Islamic calendar).

New Year’s Day / Araw ng Bagong Taon
Regular Holiday
Sunday, January 1, 2012

Rizal Day / Araw ng Kabayanihan ni Dr. José Rizal
Regular Holiday December 30 – Replaced from 30 December 2011
Death anniversary of Philippines National hero José Rizal
Monday, January 2, 2012

Chinese New Year / Araw ng Bagong Taon ng mga Tsino
Regular day / Tentative
Chinese New Year 2011 based on Lunar Calendar
Monday, January 23, 2012

People Power Day / Araw ng People Power (Lakas ng Bayan)
Commemoration of the 1986 People Power Revolution
School holiday
Monday, February 27, 2012

Maundy Thursday / Huwebes Santo
Regular Holiday
Thursday before Easter: Commemorates the Last Supper; part of Holy Week 2012 /Mahal Na Araw
Thursday, April 5, 2012

Good Friday / Biyernes Santo
Regular Holiday
Friday before Easter:Commemoration of the death of Jesus Christ; part of Holy Week/Mahal Na Araw
Friday, April 6, 2012

Black Saturday /
Regular day Saturday
Day before Easter Sunday
Saturday, April 7, 2012

Easter Sunday / Linggo ng Pagkabuhay
Regular day Sunday
Commemoration of the Resurrection of Jesus; part of Holy Week/Mahal Na Araw
Sunday, April 8, 2012

Bataan and Corregidor Day (“Day of Valour”) / Araw ng Kagitingan
Regular Holiday
Commemorates the Bataan Death March
Monday, April 9, 2012

Labour Day / Araw ng Manggagawa
Regular Holiday May 1
Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Philippine Independence Day / Araw ng Kasarinlan
Regular Holiday
Anniversary of the Philippine Declaration of Independence
Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Ninoy Aquino Day / Araw ng Kabayanihan ni Ninoy Aquino
Nationwide Special Holiday
Death of Benigno Aquino, Jr.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012

National Heroes’ Day / Araw ng mga Bayani
Regular Holiday
Commemorates the “Cry of Pugad Lawin” by the Katipunan
Monday, August 27, 2012

All Saints Day / Undas/Todos los Santos
Nationwide Special Holiday
Remembrance of all the saints and dead
Thursday, November 1, 2012

All Souls Day / Araw ng mga Patay
Special Non-working Holiday
Remembrance of the dead
Friday, November 2, 2012

Bonifacio Day / Kaarawan ni Bonifacio
Regular Holiday
Birth date of Andres Bonifacio
Friday, November 30, 2012

Christmas Eve/Besperas ng Pasko
Regular Holiday
Day before Christmas
Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas Day / Araw ng Pasko
Regular Holiday December 25
Celebration of Christmas
Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Rizal Day / Araw ng Kabayanihan ni Dr. José Rizal
Regular Holiday December 30
Death anniversary of Philippines National hero José Rizal
Sunday, December 30, 2012

Last Day of the Year / Bisperas ng Bagong Taon
Special Nationwide Holiday
Celebration of New Year’s Eve
Monday, December 31, 2012

2012 Islamic Holidays

Eid al-Fitr / Wakas ng Ramadan
Regular Holiday
Monday, August 20, 2012

Eid al-Adha / Araw ng Pag-alay
Eidul Adha 2012
Non-working Holiday
Friday, October 26, 2012


  1. hi! is there an official announcement that Jan. 2, 2012 was declared a holiday, in lieu of Dec. 30, 2011 - Rizal Day?

  2. Hi! I have posted about Proclamation 295. As per Malacanang, January 2 is not a holiday. Unless Pnoy makes a call, it remains as a regular day.

    See Proclamation 295 here:

  3. hello, is there an announcement that on Februaru 27, 2012 will be a non working holiday? (because it is a special holiday).. thank you

    1. Hi! As per Proclamation 295, EDSA Celebration is on Feb 25. Kindly see the follow-up post on holidays (see link above). So far, no announcement yet.

  4. I just want to ask if it's a school holiday on Feb 27,2012 does it mean no work for the school staff and the students or only students are on a holiday ? Thank you

    1. Unfortunately, there's has been no declaration for Feb 27, 2012. But Proclamation 295 (see post here has declared Feb 25, 2012 school holiday in celebration of EDSA 1.

      I have asked a friend from the academe regarding Feb 25 and school employees have no work on the said holiday.

  5. Hi, I am based in Cebu and there is no official notice from CITU that they don't have classes on Monday, Feb. 27, 2012. Will I send my children to school tomorrow or not?

  6. Hi , is august 20 ,2012 holiday?

  7. I do appreciate with your post about the holidays in the philippines 2012. I am hoping that you will be posting again for these upcoming 2013 holidays in the Philippines. Thank you.



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