The President of the Philippines has released Proclamation No. 90 amending proclamation no. 42, s. 2022, declaring the regular holidays and special (non-working) days for the year 2023.
Hence, Republic act no. 9492 dated 24 July 2007, entitled “An Act Rationalizing the Celebration of national Holidays Amending for the Purpose Section 26, Chapter 7, Book 1 of Executive Order No. 292, as amended, otherwise known as The Administrative Code of 1987, “ lists the regular holidays and special days to be observed in the country unless otherwise modified by law, order or proclamation. Proclamation No. 42, s. 2022, declared the Regular Holidays, Special (Non-working) Days, and additional Special (Non-Working) Days to be observed for the year 2023.
According to the proclamation, there is a need to adjust these holidays pursuant to the principle of holiday economics wherein a long weekend will help encourage domestic travel and increase tourism expenditures in the country.
For the year 2023, New Year’s Day falls on a Sunday. In consideration of the Filipino tradition of visiting relatives and spending time with their families for this occasion, it is fitting to declare January 2 (Monday) as an additional special (non-working) day throughout the country.
Moreover, the commemoration of Araw ng Kagitingan (April 9), which is a regular holiday, falls on Sunday for the year 2023. To enable our countrymen to avail of the benefits of a long weekend, Monday, 10 April 2023, in lieu of Sunday, 9 April 2023 may be declared as a non-working holiday, provided that the historical significance of Araw ng Kagitingan is maintained.
Next is Bonifacio Day, which is observed as a regular holiday on November 30 of each year, and falls on Thursday for the year 2023. Pursuant to RA No. 9492, 27 November 2023 (Monday nearest November 30) may be declared as a non-working holiday while 30 November 2023 (Thursday) may be declared as a working day.
President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. declared the following regular holidays and special days for the year 2023 that shall be observed in the country:
List of Regular Holidays
- New Year’s Day – January 1, 2023 (Sunday)
- Araw ng Kagitingan – April 10, 2023 (Monday nearest April 9, 2023)
- Maundy Thursday – April 6, 2023
- Good Friday – April 7, 2023
- Labor Day – May 1, 2023 (Monday)
- Independence Day – June 12, 2023 (Monday)
- National Heroes Day – August 28, 2023 (Last Monday of August)
- Bonifacio Day – November 27, 2023 (Monday nearest November 30)
- Christmas Day – December 25, 2023 (Monday)
- Rizal Day – December 30, 2023 (Saturday)
List of Special Non-working Days
- EDSA People Power Revolution Anniversary – February 25, 2023 (Saturday)
- Black Saturday – April 8, 2023
- Ninoy Aquino Day – August 21, 2023 (Monday)
- All Saints’ Day – November 1, 2023 (Wednesday)
- Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary – December 8, 2023 (Friday)
- Last Day of the Year – December 31, 2023 (Sunday)
List of additional Special Non-Working Days
- January 2, 2023 (Monday)
- November 2, 2023 (Thursday)
Upon receiving a recommendation from the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos regarding the dates of Eid’l Fitr and Eid’l Adha, Malacañang will issue separate proclamations establishing holidays in observance of these Islamic celebrations.
“All the provisions of Proclamation No. 42, s. 2022, shall remain unchanged, valid, and existing,” the proclamation read.
Utilize this comprehensive list and calendar of all regular holidays, notable festivals, events, long weekends, and special working and non-working days in the Philippines for 2023 to plan your next trip.
With the aid of this calendar of celebrations in the Philippines, you can make a checklist, organize trips with family and friends, and book Philippine vacation packages. For a much richer and more immersive experience, you might also want to schedule your trip around popular tourist attractions in the Philippines as well as important local festivals and events.
List of Long Weekends in the Philippines 2023
- April 6 (Thursday) – Maundy Thursday
- April 7 (Friday) – Good Friday
- April 8 (Saturday) – Black Saturday
- April 9 (Sunday) – Easter Sunday
- April 29 (Saturday)
- April 30 (Sunday)
- May 1 (Monday) – Labor Day
- June 10 (Saturday)
- June 11 (Sunday)
- June 12 (Monday) – Independence Day
- August 19 (Saturday)
- August 20 (Sunday)
- August 21 (Monday) – Ninoy Aquino Day
- August 26 (Saturday)
- August 27 (Sunday)
- August 28 (Monday) – National Heroes Day
- November 2 (Thursday) – All Souls Day
- November 3 (Friday)
- November 4 (Saturday)
- November 5 (Sunday)
- November 30 (Thursday) – Bonifacio Day
- December 1 (Friday)
- December 2 (Saturday)
- December 3 (Sunday)
- December 8 (Friday) – Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary
- December 9 (Saturday)
- December 10 (Sunday)
- December 23 (Saturday)
- December 24 (Sunday)
- December 25 (Monday) – Christmas Day
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Source: Philippine Go