2021 is two months away from ending. After more than a year of coping with the havoc brought by COVID-19, people have learned to make the most of their time at home. You might have also used special and regular holidays to complete tasks such as vaccinating and submitting COMELEC applications.
Philippine holidays are also the time for people to bond and catch up with their loved ones. It is no wonder that despite the ongoing health crisis, Filipinos look forward to the long weekends they’ll enjoy throughout the year. And if you’re aiming to relish in the festivities and vacations fully, it is best to know the schedule of the Philippine holidays for 2022 as early as now.
To date, 2022 has 13 regular holidays and 6 special non-working holidays. Note that these dates may change once the official list of public holiday dates is released.
Regular holidays have fixed dates that carry on over the succeeding years and cover the whole country. However, there are exceptions such as National Heroes Day, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Muslim holidays.
- January 1, Saturday – New Year’s Day
- April 9, Saturday – Day of Valor (Araw ng Kagitingan; depends on the current Lent Season)
- April 14, Thursday – Maundy Thursday (Huwebes Santo; depends on the current Lent Season)
- April 15, Friday – Good Friday (Biyernes Santo; depends on the current Lent Season)
- May 1, Sunday – Labor Day
- May 3, Tuesday – Eid al-Fitr (date depends on the Islamic Lunar Calendar)
- June 12, Sunday – Independence Day
- July 10, Sunday – Eid al-Adha (date depends on the Islamic Lunar Calendar; day 2, July 11, is a common local holiday for our Muslim brethren)
- August 21, Sunday – Ninoy Aquino Day
- August 29, Monday – National Heroes Day (falls on the last Monday of August)
- November 30, Wednesday – Bonifacio Day
- December 25, Sunday – Christmas Day
- December 30, Friday – Rizal Day
Regular holidays are non-working holidays. Employees covered by the Holiday Pay Rule are entitled to receive their daily wages whether or not they report to work.
Special Non-working Holidays
Special non-working holidays can be commemorations of historical events and religious festivities. Unlike regular holidays, they are more flexible. Some companies may implement a “no work, no pay” policy; others may add a percentage to an employee’s daily wage should they report to work on these dates:
- February 1, Tuesday – Chinese New Year’s Day (based on the Chinese Lunar Calendar)
- February 25, Friday – People Power anniversary
- April 16, Saturday – Black Saturday (Sabado de Gloria; depends on the current Lent Season)
- November 1, Tuesday – All Saints’ Day
- December 8, Thursday – Feast of the Immaculate Concepcion
- December 31, Saturday – New Year’s Eve
Special Working Public Holidays
Special working public holidays are similar to non-working holidays, albeit they are regular working days where no special pay is given to employees. Some of these holidays follow weekdays suitable for filing vacation leaves as they extend the weekend.
- January 23, Sunday – First Philippine Republic Day
- April 17, Sunday – Easter Sunday
- August 19, Friday – Birthday of Manuel L. Quezon
- September 3, Saturday – Yamashita Surrender Day
- September 8, Thursday – Feast of the Nativity of Mary
- November 2, Wednesday – All Souls’ Day
- December 24, Saturday – Christmas Eve
- December 31, Saturday – New Year’s Eve
How to Make the Most of 2022 Philippine Holidays
Now that you know the list of holidays for 2022, it’s time to mark your calendars and plan your vacation leaves. Use the long weekends to your advantage. Here are four tips to do so:
Strategically File Your Vacation Leaves
Extend your long weekends by scheduling your vacation leaves close to holidays that fall on weekdays. For example, make the most of Bonifacio Day on November 30 (which falls on a Wednesday) by filing your VL on November 28 and 29 or December 1 and 2 to have a long vacation off work. You’ll also have enough time to visit sites that commemorate Andres Bonifacio.
Do the same for the Christmas Season; file your leaves on the 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, and 29 to enjoy a vacation before Christmas Eve up to New Year’s Day. Besides enjoying the “Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” your Christmas vacation is your well-deserved rest after a year of working hard.
See when you can file your vacation leaves wisely:
|Date||Holiday||When to File VLs|
|January 1, Saturday||New Year’s Day|
|January 23, Sunday||First Philippine Republic Day|
|February 1, Tuesday||Chinese New Year’s Day (based on the Chinese Lunar Calendar)||Observers may file VL on January 31 (Monday) and February 2 ( Wednesday) to make the most of the Chinese New Year celebrations.|
|February 25, Friday||People Power Anniversary||File on the date itself to extend the weekend|
|April 9, Saturday||Day of Valor (Araw ng Kagitingan)||File on 8 (Friday) or 11 (Monday) if you’re planning a trip|
|April 14, Thursday||Maundy Thursday (Huwebes Santo; depends on the current Lent Season)||File on April 11 (Monday), 12 (Tuesday), and 13 (Wednesday) if you have big plans for the Holy Week|
|April 15, Friday||Good Friday (Biyernes Santo; depends on the current Lent Season)|
|April 16, Saturday||Black Saturday (Sabado de Gloria; depends on the current Lent Season)|
|April 17, Sunday||Easter Sunday|
|May 1, Sunday||Labor Day||File on April 29 and May 2 to extend the weekend|
|May 3, Tuesday||Eid al-Fitr (date depends on the Islamic Lunar Calendar)||If declared as a national non-working holiday, employees may file another VL on May 4 to extend their vacation|
|June 12, Sunday||Independence Day (Araw ng Kalayaan)||File VL on June 10 (Friday) or June 13 (Monday)|
|July 10, Sunday||Eid al-Adha (date depends on the Islamic Lunar Calendar; day 2, July 11, is a standard local holiday for our Muslim brethren)||Muslim employees may file VLS on July 11 and 12 to celebrate Eid al-Adha.|
|August 19, Friday||Birthday of Manuel L. Quezon||People working in Quezon City may file their leaves on August 18 (Thursday) to extend their vacation until the Ninoy Aquino Day long weekend|
|August 21, Sunday||Ninoy Aquino Day||File VL on August 22 and 23rd for an even longer weekend|
|August 29, Monday||National Heroes Day (falls on the last Monday of August)|
|September 3, Saturday||Yamashita Surrender Day|
|September 8, Thursday||Feast of the Nativity of Mary||Observers of this feast day may file on the date itself to attend mass and other related gatherings. They may also file a VL on September 9 to extend the weekend.|
|November 1, Tuesday||All Saints’ Day (Araw ng mga Patay)||File VL on October 31 (Monday) to extend Undas leave and have time to visit the cemeteries.|
|November 2, Wednesday||All Souls’ Day (Araw ng mga Kaluluwa)||Extend Undas weekend by filing a VL for November 2|
|November 30, Wednesday||Bonifacio Day||File VL on November 28 and 29 (Monday and Tuesday) or December 1 and 2 (Thursday and Friday)|
|December 8, Thursday||Feast of the Immaculate Conception||Observers of this feast day may file on the date itself to attend mass and other related gatherings.|
|December 24, Saturday||Christmas Eve||File VL on 23 to have time to prepare for Christmas Eve|
|December 25, Sunday||Christmas Day||Enjoy your holiday celebrations by scheduling VLs on December 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, and 29|
|December 30, Friday||Rizal Day|
|December 31, Saturday||New Year’s Eve|
Explore Hidden Gems
The holidays are opportune times to visit heritage sites, nature reserves, and food-tripping hubs. That means notable destinations will be jam-packed with people who also want to make the most of their extended weekend. Instead of going to usual holiday destinations, try exploring hidden gems.
Let’s say you want to visit Rizal Park on Rizal Day on December 30. Since it is part of the Filipino Christmas and New Year holiday seasons, expect the park to be full of people. You may visit the park on an earlier date, such as on December 26 or 27. That way, you’ll avoid a massive crowd while still admiring one of the pivotal figures of our history.
After visiting Rizal Park, use your long weekend to drop by notable sites that played vital roles in Rizal’s life. Go to Fort Santiago, the facade of the University of Santo Tomas, and the Rizal Shrine in Calamba.
Visit the Cemeteries Early
All Saints’ and Souls’ Days, also known as ‘Undas,’ are important dates for many Filipinos. These days are when people visit burial sites to remember their deceased loved ones and bond with relatives. But because of quarantine and travel restrictions, some cemeteries may not allow visits during November 1 and 2, 2022.
To avoid huge crowds and being locked out of the burial sites’ gates:
- Visit your deceased loved ones early.
- Schedule two to three days earlier than November 1 and 2 to have elbow room to move around the park.
- If Undas is a typical family clan reunion for you, skip the large gatherings and schedule each families’ visits to the graves. Doing so will reduce the risk of getting infected while preserving your deceased loved ones’ memories.
Do Your Christmas Shopping Early
Christmas is the season of shopping and giving. It is also when malls and shopping strips are packed with people making their last-minute Noche Buena purchases. Steer clear of the large groups of people by shopping for Christmas presents early. Decide who will be on your list and shop for their gifts at least two weeks in advance before the Christmas peak season arrives.
Or, save yourself time and effort by harnessing online shopping. There are tons of “giftable” items you can find online. Plus, they can be cheaper than store prices, especially if you catch holiday sales and discounts.
Just two more months, and 2021 will come to a close. After a year of coping through the pandemic, remember the challenges you’ve overcome and be eager for the blessings and opportunities 2022 has to offer. Additionally, take the chance to rest and recharge by taking advantage of next year’s holidays. File your vacation leaves to maximize the long weekends.