Philippine Public Holidays 2020 - Your Guide (2023)

ThatOfficial Journal of the Philippinespublishes an official list of regular and special non-working holidays for the following year before the end of the current financial year. Most regular Philippine holidays have fixed dates, while others depend on religious observance. This article contains the list of public holidays for the year 2023. Note that these dates are subject to change depending on the President's declaration, as perRepublic Act 9492.

Each year, Filipino workers and employers alike look out for the list of official Philippine holidays for the coming year. Once the dates are set, workers start planning vacations and employers start planning shift schedules (if applicable).

Be aware of the long weekends created by the holidays - staff will try to optimize these where possible. Also, keep in mind that additional localized holidays (e.g., Manila Day, Quezon City Day) may appear on the calendar, as well as some impromptu holidays as the President deems appropriate.

Philippine Public Holidays 2020 - Your Guide (1)

See full infographic

Complete List of Philippine Public Holidays 2023

Receive 3 free offersOVER 3,000 BPO SUPPLIERS

(Video) Ep. 45 The Philippines Holiday Calendar for 2022

New Year1st of JanuarySonne200%regular
day after new year2. JanMo130%Special
Jubilee of People's Power(2023)25. Febon130%Special
Maundy Thursday6. AprDo200%regular
good friday7. AprFr200%regular
Black Saturday8. Apron130%Special
The day of bravery10. AprMo200%regular
Eidul Fitr*21. AprFr130%Special
Labor Day1st MayMo200%regular
independence Day12 JuneMo200%regular
Eid al-Adha*July 28thMarry130%Special
Ninoy-Aquino-Tag21. AugustMo130%Special
National Hero Day28. AugustMo200%regular
all saints day1. NovMarry130%Special
Bonifacio-Tag27. NovMo200%regular
Feast of the Immaculate Conception8. DezFr130%Special
Christmas Day25. DezMo200%regular
Rizal-Tag30. Dezon200%regular
Last day of the year31. DezSonne130%Special

* The dates of Eid al Fitr and Eid al Adha must be announced and confirmed in accordance with the approximate dates of the Islamic calendar.

National holidays in the Philippines for 2022

Regular Holidays

Regular holidays are public holidays, most of which have fixed dates, as specified in RA 9492.

There are 12 regular public holidays in the Philippines:

New Year1st of JanuarySunday
Maundy Thursday6. AprilThursday
good friday7. AprilFreitag
day of bravery10. AprilMontag
Labor Day1st MayMontag
independence Day12 JuneMontag
National Heroes Day28.8Montag
Christmas Day25 DecemberMontag
Rizal-Tag30th of DecemberSaturday
New Year (2024)1st of JanuaryMontag

* The dates of Eid al Fitr and Eid al Adha must be announced and confirmed in accordance with the approximate dates of the Islamic calendar.

Special non-working holidays

Unlike regular holidays, special non-working holidays have flexible dates depending on the President's declaration released for each year. These are:

day after new yearJanuary 2Montag
Anniversary of the EDSA People Power RevolutionFebruary 25thSaturday
Black Saturday8. AprilSaturday
Eidul Fitr*21. AprilFreitag
Eid al-Adha*July 28thWednesday
Ninoy-Aquino-Tag21. AugustMontag
all saints day1. NovemberWednesday
Feast of the Immaculate ConceptionDecember 8thFreitag
Last day of the yearDecember 31Sunday

special days

These holidays may or may not be declared non-working holidays depending on the President's declaration, or in some cases may apply to government offices, such as:

day after new yearJanuary 2Montag
Very rarely2. NovemberThursday
christmas eve24th of DecemberSunday

Local Holidays - Manila Day, Quezon City Day

Local cities and towns may also declare public holidays based on their dates of incorporation. For example, June 24th may be declared Manila Day, August 19th may be declared Quezon City Day, and so on.

(Video) Different Phil. Holidays: A Guide for the Business Owner Working with Filipino Virtual Assistants

Get the complete toolkit for free

These holidays are also subject to the declaration of the President as set out in RA 9492 and are considered special non-working holidays for schools, government agencies and some businesses in a given city or municipality. However, most companies, includingBPOs, are not affected by this holiday.

Long weekends in the Philippines 2023

Unlike last year, many public holidays have been moved to either Monday or Friday. Fortunately, eight of them were postponed to Monday. With this, employees can start planning their long weekends so they can spend those days doing activities with their friends and loved ones.

Holy Week, one of the country's most important holidays, is the longest this year, spanning almost a full week. For public holidays that fall on Thursdays, employees can use their vacation credits for their rest and recreation.

Holy Week 2022

Maundy Thursday & Good Friday& Black Saturday &The day of braveryApril 6th to 10thThu-Fri + weekend+Montag

Three-day weekends 2022

day after new year2. Janweekend + Monday
good friday7. AprFree + weekend
The day of braveryApril 8th to 10thweekend + Monday
Eidul Fitr*April 21-23Free + weekend
Labor DayApril 29th to May 1stweekend + Monday
independence DayJune 10-12weekend + Monday
Ninoy-Aquino-TagAugust 19-21weekend + Monday
National Heroes DayAug. 26-28weekend + Monday
Bonifacio-Tag25th to 27th Novemberweekend + Monday
Feast of the Immaculate Conception8th to 10th DecemberFree + weekend
Christmas Day23rd to 25th Decemberweekend + Monday

Holiday pay, bonuses and other benefits

Depending on the nature of the company or the business of the office, employees may be required to work on public holidays. This is the common case in shopping malls, BPOs, media and several public services such as police stations, hospitals and civil protection offices.

The good thing is that in addition to the work they do, employees can also bepaid for their services during these holidays. Especially in the BPO industry where they usually follow their client's time zone, mainly in US, UK and Australia. They offer these bonuses and incentives as a thank you for their employees working on a PH vacation


Regular working leave - remuneration and wage rules

For regular vacation days, 200% of the daily rate and the flat rate for living expenses are paid out. If the employee decides not to work on these days, he still receives 100% of his daily rate for that day.

Non-working Holidays - Compensation and Wage Schemes

At least 130% of the daily rate and the living allowance are paid out for non-working holidays. Local holidays have the same rate as non-working holidays.

However, if the employee decides not to work on these days: a"No work, no pay"The policy will be implemented unless there is a company policy, practice or Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) in place that allows payment within those days.

overtime during the holidays

Once an employee's work exceeds eight hours on a public holiday, 30% of their hourly rate will be charged in addition to their vacation pay, whether it is regular (200%) or special non-working (130%) vacation. This is typically the case for most employees in the outsourcing industry as their schedules conform to their clients' time zones. (USA, UK, Australia etc.)

Night shift during the holidays

Employees are also entitled to a nighttime premium of at least 10% of their hourly rate for working hours from 10:00 p.m. 130%) vacation.

Compensation credits for Philippine public holidays

In some offices, employees may have additional credits in exchange for performing work during the holidays. By requesting compensation, they can trade regular work days for extra days off.

This works like the usual holiday loan. The only difference is that unlike vacation or sick leave, offsetting credits cannot be converted into cash and must be used by the employee within a certain period of time. Otherwise, it expires, unlike vacation or sick leave, which has no expiration date and can be converted to cash (sick leave) after about a year.

(Video) This is Why You Never Mess With a Royal Guard...

Just like in the BPO area. As the customers have a different time zone than the Philippines, the offices continue to operate even on non-working holidays (Christmas Eve, New Year's Eve, etc.) to serve their customers. In this way, employees who work on these days have the opportunity to select their desired date for compensating for their vacation.

13th monthly salary and Christmas bonus

As already mentioned, Christmas is one of the most important holidays in the country. It is the time of partying, giving and the time when Filipinos spend most of the holiday with their families. It's also the time when they receive the long-awaited bonuses of the year: the13th monthand the Christmas bonus.

13th month calculation

The 13th month's pay is typically equal to an employee's monthly salary or the equivalent pro rata amount depending on length of service with the Company.

As an example, we have provided a 13th month calculation table for an employee who receives a monthly base salary of PHP 20,000.

base salary
(monthly income)
length of tenure
(in months)
13. paycheck*
(amount to be received)
PHP 20.000,001PHP 1, 667,00
PHP 20.000,006PHP 10.000,00
PHP 20.000,0012PHP 20.000,00

*13. Monthly salary = (base salary * length of service) / 12

Payment of the 13th month salary is mandatory according to the Labor Code of the Philippines on or before December 24th of the current year. Failure to pay the 13th month's salary to qualified employees may result in administrative lawsuits against the company by the Department of Labor and Employment.

On the other hand, Christmas bonus is optional. Most companies give their employees performance-based bonuses as a thank you for their hard work and look forward to strengthening their relationship with the company for the next year.

(Video) UNEXPECTED Voices! When They Don't Look How They Sound!

Holiday calendar 2022 Philippines

These are public holidays normally observed in the Philippines and upcoming public holidays in 2022. This can serve as a guide for foreign and local companies, employees and freelancers in planning their schedules and business transactions in the Philippines. The list is subject to change depending on the local government of each municipality and further explanations.

In many BPO companies, employees follow their customers' national holidays instead. It's a good thing that Filipinos are flexible in terms of time. They can adjust their time to the company's schedule to better serve their customers and increase their satisfaction.


1. 10 Best Places to Visit in the Philippines - Travel Video
(Ian and Ana)
3. 15 Tips for First-Time Travellers to Japan |
(PH Dot Net)
5. 10 Most Beautiful Islands to Visit in the Philippines 🇵🇭| Philippines Travel Video
(Lifestyle Hal)
6. 10 Days in VIETNAM: Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh, Hue | Full Travel Vlog & Guide
(Suitcase Monkey)
Top Articles
Latest Posts
Article information

Author: Terence Hammes MD

Last Updated: 04/03/2023

Views: 6154

Rating: 4.9 / 5 (69 voted)

Reviews: 84% of readers found this page helpful

Author information

Name: Terence Hammes MD

Birthday: 1992-04-11

Address: Suite 408 9446 Mercy Mews, West Roxie, CT 04904

Phone: +50312511349175

Job: Product Consulting Liaison

Hobby: Jogging, Motor sports, Nordic skating, Jigsaw puzzles, Bird watching, Nordic skating, Sculpting

Introduction: My name is Terence Hammes MD, I am a inexpensive, energetic, jolly, faithful, cheerful, proud, rich person who loves writing and wants to share my knowledge and understanding with you.