Proclamation no. 555, which was issued on Thursday by the Palace, published the list of regular and special holidays to be observed in 2019.
The following are declared as regular holidays as proclaimed by President Duterte:
- New Year’s Day (January 1, Tuesday)
- Araw ng Kagitingan (April 9, Tuesday)
- Maundy Thursday (April 18), Good Friday (April 19)
- Labor Day (May 1, Wednesday)
- Independence Day (June 12, Wednesday)
- National Heroes Day (August 26 or the last Monday of August)
- Bonifacio Day (November 30, Saturday)
- Christmas Eve (December 24, Tuesday)
- Christmas Day (December 25, Wednesday)
- Rizal Day (December 30, Monday)
Below are the special non-working days:
- Chinese New Year (February 5, Tuesday)
- 33rd EDSA People Power Revolution Anniversary (February 25, Monday)
- Black Saturday (April 20. Saturday)
- Ninoy Aquino Day (August 21, Wednesday)
- All Saints’ Day (November 1, Friday)
- All Souls’ Day (November 2, Saturday)
- Feast of the Immaculate Concepcion of Mary (December 8, Sunday)
- New Year Eve (December 31, Tuesday)
All Saint’s Day and Christmas Eve are additional special non-working days.
Proclamation no. 555 regarded the EDSA People Power Anniversary as an essential holiday to remember the rehabilitation of the nation’s political, social, and economic reforms.
Meanwhile, the Holy Week is seen as one of the most important customs of the predominantly Catholic country.
The proclamations declaring national holidays for the observance of Eid’l Fitr (End of Ramadan), and Eid’l Adha (Feast of Sacrifice), will be published after determining the Islamic holidays in accordance of the Islamic calendar. The National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) shall notify the Office of the President of the actual dates on which the said holidays shall fall.
News source: Manila Bulletin