By Kyle Aristophere T. Atienza, Reporter
PRESIDENT Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr.’s office has released a list of regular holidays and special non-working days for 2023.
A proclamation signed by Executive Secretary Victor D. Rodriguez on Aug. 22 declared the commemoration of the EDSA “People Power” uprising on Feb. 25, 1986 that toppled the martial law regime of his late father and namesake a special nonworking day.
It also declared the death anniversary of democracy icon Benigno “Ninoy” S. Aquino, Jr. on Aug. 21 a special nonworking day.
Three major observances for Filipino Catholics — Black Saturday (Apr. 8), Feast of the Immaculate Concepcion (Dec. 8) and All Saints’ Day (Nov. 1) — were also declared special nonworking days.
Nov. 2 and Dec. 31 will likewise be special nonworking days.
Christmas Day (Dec. 25), New Year’s Day (Jan. 1), Maundy Thursday (Apr. 6) and Good Friday (Apr. 7) will be regular holidays.
Several events to commemorate Filipino heroes were also declared regular holidays, including Araw ng Kagitingan (Apr. 9), Labor Day (May 1), Independence Day (Jun 12), National Heroes Day (Aug. 28), Bonifacio Day (Aug. 30) and Rizal Day (Dec. 30).
The proclamations declaring Muslim holidays including Eid’l Ftr and Eid’l Adha will be issued after the specific dates are known, according to the order.
The Labor department will issue the rules that will enforce the proclamation.
REGULAR HOLIDAYSJanuary 1 (Sunday) — New Year’s DayApril 9 (Sunday) — Araw ng KagitinganApril 6 — Maundy ThursdayApril 7 — Good FridayMay 1 (Monday) — Labor DayJune 12 (Monday) — Independence DayAugust 28 (last Monday of August) — National Heroes DayNovember 30 (Thursday) — Bonifacio DayDecember 25 (Monday) — Christmas DayDecember 30 (Saturday) — Rizal Day
SPECIAL NONWORKING DAYSFebruary 1 (Tuesday) — Chinese New YearFebruary 25 (Saturday) — EDSA People Power Revolution AnniversaryApril 8 – Black SaturdayAugust 21 (Monday) — Ninoy Aquino DayNovember 1 (Wednesday) — All Saints’ DayDecember 8 (Friday) — Feast of the Immaculate Concepcion of MaryDecember 31 (Sunday) — Last Day of the Year
ADDITIONAL SPECIAL NONWORKING DAYNovember 2 (Thursday) — All Souls’ Day