12 January 2012

Long weekends: more fun in the Philippines

The Philippine government has declared the 2012 Philippine holidays.  It is actually an event in itself because such an announcement is met with much anticipation.  Who wouldn't, with the Philippines having more long weekends than most other countries?  Actually I personally think it balances out in the end, because I lead an interesting yet hectic work life in Manila.  Try staying in the office late nights the entire week, and add Saturday morning work and you'd surely look forward to your long weekends.

For 2012, the Philippines will have a total of 16 holiday officials, broken down into 10 regular holidays, 5 special non-working holidays, and 1 special holiday, as follows:

A. Regular Holidays
New Year’s Day - January 1 (Sunday)
Maundy Thursday - April 5
Good Friday - April 6
Araw ng Kagitingan - April 9 (Monday)
Labor Day - May 1 (Tuesday)
Independence Day - June 12 (Tuesday)
National Heroes Day - August 27 (Last Monday of August)
Bonifacio Day - November 30 (Friday)
Christmas Day - December 25 (Tuesday)
Rizal Day - December 30 (Sunday)

B. Special (Non-Working) Days
Chinese New Year - January 23 (Monday)
Ninoy Aquino Day - August 21 (Tuesday)
All Saints Day - November 1 (Thursday)
Additional special (non-working) day - November 2 (Friday)
Last Day of the Year - December 31 (Monday)

C. Special Holiday (for all schools)
EDSA Revolution Anniversary - February 25 (Saturday)

The Islamic holidays are not yet included here (announcement still to be made)
Holy Week is a good 5-day break, All Saints Day goes into the weekend, for a 4-day break.  And then we have some 3-day weekends.

Now, consider the number of holidays in New Zealand:
New Year's Day - Sunday 1 January or Tuesday 3 January
Day after New Year's Day - Tuesday 2 January
Wellington Day - Monday 23 January
Waitangi Day - Monday 6 February
Good Friday - Friday 6 April
Easter Monday - Monday 9 April
ANZAC Day - Wednesday 25 April
Queen's birthday - Monday 4 June
Labour Day - Monday 22 October
Christmas Day - Tuesday 25 December
Boxing Day - Wednesday 26 December

That's 11 holidays.  Oh, we have a good number of 3-day weekends too.  And a 4-day Holy Week.  Minus weekend work and long nights at the office, things seem to have balanced out too, after all.

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