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Complete List of Public Holidays (and Long Weekends) in the Philippines for 2018

1 Jan – Mon – New Year’s Day
16 Feb – Fri – Chinese New Year
25 Feb – Sun – EDSA Revolution Anniversary
29 Mar – Thu – Maundy Thursday
30 Mar – Fri – Good Friday
31 Mar – Sat – Black Saturday
9 Apr – Mon – Day of Valor
1 May – Tue – Labor Day
12 Jun – Tue – Independence Day
15 Jun – Fri – Eidul Fitr
21 Aug – Tue – Eidul Adha
21 Aug – Tue – Ninoy Aquino Day
27 Aug – Mon – National Heroes Day
1 Nov – Thu – All Saints’ Day
2 Nov – Fri – All Saints’ Day Holiday
30 Nov – Fri – Bonifacio Day
24 Dec – Mon – Christmas Holiday
25 Dec – Tue – Christmas Day
30 Dec – Sun – Rizal Day
31 Dec – Mon – New Year’s Eve

The long weekends include the four-day Lenten break from March 29 (Maundy Thursday) to April 1 (Easter Sunday). Black Saturday (March 31) has been traditionally declared as special non-working day all throughout the country, in observance of Holy Week.

Another long weekends will be during the All Saints’ Day (November 1), All Souls’ Day (November 2) and Christmas Day (December 25) as President Duterte declared November 2 and December 24 as special non-working holidays.

President Duterte signed Proclamation 269, listing the regular holidays and special non-working days for 2018.

Nationwide Smoking Ban in Public Places

Editorial cartoon credit: People’s Tonight and NVT

Rejoice non-smoking people! With the recent signing of Executive Order 26 by President Duterte, smoking is now prohibited in public places (except in designated smoking areas), including public vehicles whether stationary or in motion, nationwide.

The smoking ban will implemented in all public outdoor spaces, enclosed and partially enclosed public spaces, accommodation and entertainment establishments, and work places.

The EO covers drivers, conductors, and passengers in public utility vehicles.

The Executive Order was made in time for the celebration of World No Tobacco Day on May 31. #smokefreephilippines