President Noynoy Aquino signed Proclamation No. 295, which details the holidays for year 2012, on November 24, the palace announced on December 1. The proclamation lists 18 holidays in total consisting of 12 regular holidays, five non-working days, and one special holiday.
A new addition to the list is the declaration of Chinese New Year, January 23, as a special non-working day to show the people's "solidarity with our Chinese Filipino brethren who have been part of our lives in many respects as a country and as a people."
Below is the complete list of holidays for 2012 as listed in Proclamation No. 295 on Gov.ph:
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 (Monday)
- 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)
* Note: The dates for regular Islamic holidays Eid’l Fitr and Eidul Adha will be declared after the exact dates are determined on the Islamic calendar or upon Islamic astronomical calculations.
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