President Rodrigo Duterte just recently declared holidays for the next year – and people are excited. A total of 18 regular holidays and special non-working days were declared, and nine of these fall in a long weekend.
This means that you have at least nine chances to take a well-deserved escape from your daily routine to satisfy your inner wanderlust, even for just three to four days.
1. December 30, 2017 - January 1, 2018
The first long weekend occurs at the very end of 2017 and at the beginning of 2018. This long weekend happens again at the end of 2018, from December 29, 2018 to January 1, 2019. From Rizal Day to New Year’s Day, you can enjoy a festive celebration by the beaches of Dapitan, Zamboanga, where our national hero also spent time in exile.
2. February 16, 2018 - February 18, 2018
With Chinese New Year falling on a Friday in 2018, you and your partner can have a late but lucky three-day Valentine’s date in Hong Kong. Don’t forget to dance with the dancing dragons!
March 29, 2018 - April 1, 2018
It has been customary to declare Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Black Saturday as holidays in our country. This four-day break is often used by many to go to Boracay to enjoy its white sands. Others prefer to observe the solemnity of these dates, known as the Easter Triduum in the Catholic Church. Many Catholics go on Visita Iglesia, or the practice of visiting seven or 14 churches to pray the Stations of the Cross. The Antipolo Cathedral, the historic Barasaoin Church, the ash-sunken San Guillermo Parish Church in Bacolor, Pampanga are a few Visita Iglesia favorites.
3. April 7, 2018 - April 9, 2018
Araw ng Kagitingan falls on a Monday in 2018, leaving you with enough time to head to Bataan to soak under the sun, swim in the sea, and learn some history. Make sure to stop by the 92-meter tall Dambana ng Kagitingan, which houses the names of soldiers who participated in the Death March and a museum containing World War II-era artifacts.
4. August 25, 2018 - August 27, 2018
You can get a brief vacation in the last week of August 2018, just in time for National Heroes Day on August 27. While August can still be a bit rainy, you can still manage to get to the beach and swim if you head to Cebu, which is relatively dry throughout the year. While you’re at it, you can stop by the Lapu-Lapu Shrine in Mactan to honor one of our first Filipino heroes!
5. November 1, 2018 - November 4, 2018
Filipinos have become accustomed to visiting their loved ones who have passed on during All Souls Day and All Saints Day. Many return to their home provinces to pay respects to their dead and enjoy a breather from the hectic city. If you have time to travel, you can go to Camiguin Island to dive – and see a cemetery under the sea.
6. November 30, 2018 - December 2, 2018
You can enjoy a three-day break just before the Christmas rush from Bonifacio Day to the first Sunday of December 2018. If you love outdoor trips, but don’t want to travel far, you can do a twin hike of Mount Buntis and Mount Nagpatong in Cavite, where you can visit the Bonifacio Shrine, the place where Andres Bonifacio and his brother Procopio were executed.
7. December 22 - December 25
Spend time with your family during this four-day long weekend leading up to Christmas Day. Many choose to celebrate Christmas in their homes or in shopping malls or hopping from house to house in the hopes of getting gifts and Christmas money from ninongs and ninangs. But you can definitely celebrate Christmas overseas! Why not celebrate the most wonderful time of the year at Tokyo Disneyland, the happiest place on earth?
Whenever and wherever you decide to take a vacation, it’s best to enjoy it worry free. Getting travel insurance is a great way to ensure that you are living in the moment, and not fretting about mishaps while on the road (or on the plane, or on cruise).
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