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Malacañang releases List of Philippine Public Holidays for 2023

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List of Philippine Public Holidays 2023
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Malacañang released publicly the list of regular holidays and special non-working days for 2023 in the Philippines on Tuesday, August 23, 2022.

The list included in Proclamation 42, which signed President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Monday.

For 2023, the following days have declared as regular holidays and special days:

 

Regular Holidays in 2023

January 1 (Sunday) – New Year’s Day


April
– 9 (Sunday) – Araw ng Kagitingan

  – 6 – Maundy Thursday

  – 7 – Good Friday

May 1 (Monday) – Labor Day

June 12 (Monday) – Independence Day

August 28 (last Monday of August) – National Heroes Day

November 30 (Thursday) – Bonifacio Day

December 25 (Monday) – Christmas Day

December 30 (Saturday) – Rizal Day


Special Non-Working Days in 2023

February 1 (Tuesday) – Chinese New Year

February 25 (Saturday) – EDSA People Power Revolution Anniversary

April 8 – Black Saturday

August 21 (Monday) – Ninoy Aquino Day

November 1 (Wednesday) – All Saints’ Day

December 8 (Friday) – Feast of the Immaculate Concepcion of Mary

December 31 (Sunday) – Last Day of the Year


Additional Special Non-Working Day in 2023

November 2 (Thursday) – All Souls’ Day


Edsa People Power Revolution

The 37th anniversary of the Edsa People Power Revolution, which “ushered political, social, and economic reforms in the country,” must be commemorated, according to Proclamation 42.

Black Saturday 2023

In addition, the proclamation adds that Black Saturday, which falls on April 8, 2023, has traditionally been observed as a special non-working nationwide in commemoration of Holy Week, which is “one of the most cherished traditions of our largely Catholic people.”

Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary

Moreover, it said that in accordance with Republic Act (RA) 10966, on December 8 of each year, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary shall be celebrated nationally as a special non-working holiday.

Benigno S. Aquino Jr. Day

In order to honor the death anniversary of former senator Benigno S. Aquino Jr., the proclamation specifies that August 21 of every year declared as a national non-working holiday.

November 2, which was declared as a special working day in 2022, has been declared as an additional special non-working day in 2023 to “strengthen family relationships by giving more time for the traditional All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day events, as well as boost domestic tourism.”

Eid’l Fitr and Eid’l Adha

The declarations of national holidays for Eid’l Fitr and Eid’l Adha will be declared after the approximate dates of the Islamic holidays have ascertained, either to the Islamic calendar or the lunar calendar or based on Islamic astronomical calculations, whichever is possible or convenient.

The Department of Labor and Employment is tasked to issue the implementing regulations under Proclamation 42.

Required to publish the proclamation in a publication with a wide distribution for it to take effect “immediately.”

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