President Benigno S. Aquino III on November 24th has signed Proclamation 295 declaring 10 regular holidays, five special non-working holidays and a special holiday (all schools) for 2012.
The official list of 2012 Philippine Holidays was released on Wednesday, December 1, 2011.
November 2, All Soul’s Day, was also declared as an additional special non-working day.
The following regular holidays and special days for the year 2012 shall be observed in the country:
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)
WHEREAS, on January 23, 2012, the Chinese nationals all over the world will celebrate Spring Festival, popularly known as the Chinese New Year, which is one of the most revered and festive events celebrated not only in China but also in the Philippines by both Chinese Filipinos and ordinary Filipinos as well; and the joint celebration is a manifestation of our solidarity with our Chinese Filipino brethren who have been part of our lives in many respects as a country and as a people; 23 January 2012 may be declared as a special (non-working) day without detriment to public interest.
WHEREAS, Friday, 2 November 2012, falling between Thursday, 1 November 2012 (All Saints Day) and Saturday, has been traditionally declared a special (non-working) day throughout the country.
WHEREAS, to give full opportunity to our people to properly observe All Saints Day with all its religious fervor which invariably requires them to travel to and from different regions in the country, Friday, 2 November 2012, may be declared as a special (non-working) day without detriment to public interest.