Two things any employee looks forward to the most: paydays and holidays. Well, who doesn’t? Holidays allow people to spend more time with their families and that much-needed me time before getting back to the daily work grind.
Start planning your vacations by keeping tab of Philippine holidays for 2020. There will be 19 holidays and seven long weekends next year. Exciting, right?
Here’s a quick guide to the 2020 Philippine holidays and long weekends that can help you plan your vacations wisely.
List of Official 2020 Philippine Holidays
Start off by knowing what exactly the holidays are in the Philippines for next year. The Malacañang Palace issued Proclamation No. 845 (1) that lists down the Philippine holidays 2020.
Regular Philippine Holidays in 2020
- January 1, 2020 – Wednesday (New Year’s Day)
- April 9, 2020 – Thursday (Araw ng Kagitingan)
- April 9 2020 – Maundy Thursday
- April 10, 2020 – Good Friday
- May 1, 2020 – Friday (Labor Day)
- June 12, 2020 – Friday (Independence Day)
- August 31, 2020 – Monday (National Heroes’ Day)
- November 30, 2020 – Monday (Bonifacio Day)
- December 25, 2020 – Friday (Christmas Day)
- December 30, 2020 – Wednesday (Rizal Day)
Special Non-Working Holidays in 2020
- January 25, 2020 – Saturday (Chinese New Year)
- February 25, 2020 – Tuesday (EDSA Revolution Anniversary)
- April 11, 2020 – Black Saturday
- August 21, 2020 – Friday (Ninoy Aquino Day)
- November 1, 2020 – Sunday (All Saints’ Day)
- December 8, 2020 – Tuesday (Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary)
- December 31, 2020 – Thursday (Last day of the year)
Additional Special Non-Working Holidays:
- November 2, 2020 – Monday
- December 24, 2020 – Thursday
Expect two more holidays coming up in 2020: Eidul Fitr and Eidul Adha. These Islamic holidays have no dates yet, but they will be announced once they’re set.
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Long Weekends in 2020
Another exciting aspect of planning your holidays for next year: knowing when the long weekends will be.
Here are the seven long weekends in the Philippines to look forward to this year:
- Holy Week – April 9 to 12, 2020 (four days)
- Labor Day Weekend – May 1 to 3, 2020 (three days)
- Independence Day Weekend – June 12 to June 14, 2020 (three days)
- Ninoy Aquino Day Weekend – August 21 to August 23, 2020 (three days)
- National Heroes’ Day Weekend – August 29 to August 31, 2020 (three days)
- Bonifacio Day Weekend – November 28 to November 30, 2020 (three days)
- Christmas Weekend – December 24 to December 27, 2020 (four days)
When to Schedule Your Vacation Leaves for 2020
Do the seven long weekends seem too short? You can extend your long weekends to eight or nine in 2020. This is where being strategic in filing your vacation leaves comes into play.
Some 2020 Philippine holidays fall on a Tuesday or Thursday, so schedule your leaves on those sandwiched holidays. For example, since the EDSA Revolution Anniversary falls on a Tuesday, it’s best to file your VL the day before it (Monday).
If your employer offers more than 10 paid VLs per year, take advantage of them! You can afford to take another leave before the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary.
And if you still have unused leave credits by December, you can use them for the 28th and 29th to enjoy an 8-day holiday break until January 1!
Use this cheat sheet to schedule your leaves for 2020:
2020 Philippine Holidays
When to File a Leave
Resulting Long Weekend
|February 25, 2020 – Tuesday (EDSA Revolution Anniversary) (Tuesday)||February 24 (Monday)||February 22 to 25 (four days)|
|December 8, 2020 – Wednesday (Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary)||December 7 (Monday)||December 5 to 8 (four days)|
|December 24 and 25 – Thursday and Friday (before Christmas and Christmas Day) and December 30 to December 31 (Rizal day and last day of the year)||December 28 to 29 (Monday and Tuesday)||December 24 to 31 (eight days)|
Vacation Planning Ideas for Long Weekends
Done plotting your VLs? Great! Here are some quick ideas you may consider as you start planning your vacations around Philippine holidays in 2020.
New Year Weekend
It’s too late to plan for a grand vacation for the last few days of 2019. Instead, you can go on a road trip around places near Metro Manila. Batangas, Rizal, Quezon, Cavite—lots of road trip destinations to choose from!
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Chinese New Year Weekend
You have plenty of choices in celebrating this major Chinese holiday. Have a food trip or join the festivities in Binondo. Stroll in the mall to watch a dragon dance. Or simply feast on traditional Chinese dishes (tikoy, pancit, lumpia, dumplings, and round fruits) with your family at home.
Holy Week and Labor Day Weekend
Plan your summer holidays ahead! As early as now, figure out where you want to go during the long weekends in April and May. Check the articles below for summer vacation ideas.
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You have around five to 12 days to spend outside work, so maximize your holiday break! Plan your reunion, party, and travel schedules for December carefully, so you won’t spread yourself too thin and get haggard when you get back to work after your vacation.
Rizal Day Weekend
If you’re feeling patriotic (or you want to instill a sense of nationalism to your kids), allot a day from the long weekend to tour with your family around the historic sites and iconic landmarks in Manila. Rizal Park, Intramuros, Paco Park, and National Museum are some of the must-visit places. Or you can celebrate our national hero’s life and heroism through a Rizal movie or documentary marathon at home.
Even if you’re very busy with all the holiday shopping and parties, start plotting your trips, celebrations, and vacations around the Philippine holidays in 2020. Doing so, you can give your bosses an early heads-up and file your vacation leaves strategically. It also allows you to schedule your activities properly and be on the lookout for discounts on flight, hotel, and tour bookings.
Source: National Holidays 2020 (Official Gazette)