MANILA, Philippines – President Benigno Aquino III signed Proclamation No. 831 831 declaring 17 public holidays for next year. There will be 10 regular holidays and 7 special non-working holidays for 2015, written on the Philippine National government official website released on July 23, Wednesday.

  • January 1, 2015, Thursday – New Year’s Day (Regular holiday)
  • January 2, 2015, Friday – Additional special non-working day (Special non-working day)
  • February 19, 2015, Thursday – Chinese New Year (Special non-working day)
  • February 25, 2015, Wednesday – EDSA Revolution anniversary (Special holiday)
  • April 2, 2015, Thursday – Maundy Thursday (Regular holiday)
  • April 3, 2015, Friday – Good Friday (Regular holiday)
  • April 4, 2015, Saturday – Black Saturday (Special non-working day)
  • April 9, 2015, Thursday – Araw ng Kagitingan (Regular holiday)
  • May 1, 2015, Friday – Labor Day (Regular holiday)
  • June 12, 2015, Friday – Independence Day (Regular holiday)
  • August 21, 2015, Friday – Ninoy Aquino Day (Special non-working day)
  • August 31, 2015, last Monday of August – National Heroes Day (Regular holiday)
  • November 1, 2015, Sunday – All Saints Day (Special non-working day)
  • November 30, 2015, Monday – Bonifacio Day (Regular holiday)
  • December 24, 2015, Thursday – Additional special non-working day (Special non-working day)
  • December 25, 2015, Friday – Christmas Day (Regular holiday)
  • December 30, 2015, Wednesday – Rizal Day (Regular holiday)
  • December 31, 2015, Thursday – Last day of the year (Special non-working day)
  • EDSA Revolution Anniversary – 25 February (Wednesday)

The Edsa People Power Revolution anniversary on February25 (Wednesday) is a special holiday for all schools.

Approximate dates of the Islamic holidays have been determined in accordance with the Islamic calendar, lunar calendar, or upon Islamic astronomical calculations.  Aquino also declared national holidays for the observance of Eid’lFit’r and Eid’lAdha.

The Filipinos will surely enjoy a total of eight long weekends for the year 2015.

The proclamation of Chinese New Year as a Special Non-Working Holiday is “one of the most revered and festive events” celebrated not only in China but also in the Philippines, according to the president. It will be celebrated on February 19, 2014.

It is fitting to declare January 2 and December 24 as additional special non-working days to “foster closer family ties and enable our countrymen to observe Christmas more meaningfully,” he added.

Ma. Jane Cyres Caing

LNU ABCom Intern

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