President Benigno Aquino III has issued Proclamation No. 295, identifying Philippine holidays in 2012, and scheduling them near weekends, to give workers enough time to visit their families in the provinces. Under the proclamation, there will be at least six long weekends during 2012.
The first special non-working holiday will be 23rd January 2011 to mark the Chinese New Year. A long break will be in April during the Christian observance of Lent, beginning with Maundy Thursday on 5th April, Good Friday on 6th April, up to Araw ng Kagitingan (Day of Valour) on 9th April, which is a Monday.
This will be followed by a long weekend in August with the declaration of National Heroes’ Day on 27th August, a Monday.
In November, there will be two long weekends: All Saints’ Day on 1st November (Thursday), followed by an additional special nonworking day on 2nd November. Bonifacio Day will be observed on 30th November, a Friday.
The final long weekend will be on 31st December, Monday, which was declared as a special nonworking day. Proclamations declaring national holidays for the observance of Eid’l Fitr and Eid ul Adha would be issued after the approximate dates of the Islamic holidays have been determined in accordance with the Islamic calendar (Hijra).
Under Proclamation 295, the regular holidays and special days are New Year’s Day (1st January), Maundy Thursday (5th April), Good Friday (6th April), Araw ng Kagitingan (9th April ), Labour Day (1st May ), Independence Day (12th June), National Heroes Day (27th August), Bonifacio Day (30th November), Christmas Day (25th December) and Rizal Day (30th December).
The special non-working days are Chinese New Year (23rd January), Ninoy Aquino Day (21st August), All Saints’ Day (1st November), and additional special nonworking days (2nd November), and Last Day of the Year (31st December).
Also declared as a special holiday for all schools is the Edsa Revolution Anniversary on 25th February 2011. The government will also declare two Muslim holidays.