BET YOU LOOK forward on this weekend because it’s the Grand Centennial of Iglesia ni Cristo (Sunday) and the Muslim feast of Eid’l Fitr (on Tuesday). But wait, the Malacanang has released the list of national holidays for 2015, ready to plan ahead for adventuristas.
Proclamation 831 was signed by President Aquino last July 17 detailing the regular, special non-working and school holidays that affect the nation. This proclamation includes January 2 as an additional special non-working holiday, a benefit for the people with hangover after the New Year revelry. The Chinese (Lunar) New Year, corresponding to the sign of the Goat (Sheep) in the element of Wood, will be on Thursday, February 19.
The Holiday Classifications
Section 1 of the proclamation defines three classifications of the public holidays: (1) regular holidays, (2) special (non-working) holidays and (3) special holidays (for all schools)
- New Year’s Day: January 1 (Thursday)
- Maundy Thursday: April 2
- Good Friday: April 3
- Araw ng Kagitingan: April 9 (Thursday)
- Labor Day: May 1 (Friday)
- Independence Day: June 12 (Friday)
- Eid’l Fitr: July 18 (Saturday)*
- National Heroes’ Day: August 31 (Monday)
- Eid’l Adha: September 23 (Wednesday)*
- Bonifacio Day: November 30 (Monday)
- Christmas Day: December 25 (Friday)
- Rizal Day: December 30 (Wednesday)
Special Non-Working Holidays
- Additional holiday (after New Year): January 2 (Friday)
- Chinese New Year: February 19 (Thursday)
- Black Saturday: April 4
- Ninoy Aquino Day: August 21 (Friday)
- All Saints’ Day: November 1 (Sunday)
- Additional holiday (Christmas Eve): December 24 (Thursday)
- Last Day of the Year (New Year’s Eve): December 31 (Thursday)
- EDSA Revolution Anniversary: February 25 (Wednesday)
* Dates are estimates and may subject to change depending on the Presidential Proclamation
For white-collared or blue-collared employees, it’s better to plan ahead and to file a leave early. Timow’s Turf provides options to file a leave to enjoy life and to motivate them to be productive for 2015.
Recommended to file a leave on these days: April 6 to 8 and 10 to avoid crowded destinations on Holy Week (except those college students who are under the calendar shift) and to avoid the clamor of the clergy for not giving importance of the hebdomad.
Here are the other leave options to be filed for the new year, plan it wisely.
Then, what next? Work harder so that you can earn something for your vacation.
Enjoy your long non-consecutive weekend.
[Infographic made by author-admin]