2021 Holidays Philippines: A Cheat Sheet and Long Weekends Guide for Next Year’s Vacations (Hopefully)
The 2021 holidays Philippines calendar is finally here! Next year, we’ll enjoy a whopping total of 19 holidays: 10 regular holidays, seven special non-working days, and two additional special non-working days. Of these, we’ll possibly be having a total of 11 long weekends.
Although travel plans are on hold right now, we’re positive that we will be able to travel again soon. If not abroad, at least in the Philippines!
To make it easier for you, we’ve made a special 2021 Philippine holidays calendar. Share this cheat sheet with your family and friends in case tourism opens soon!
- January 1 (Friday) – New Year’s Day
- April 1 – Maundy Thursday
- April 2 – Good Friday
- April 9 (Friday) – Araw ng Kagitingan
- May 1 (Saturday) – Labor Day
- June 12 (Saturday) – Independence Day
- August 30 (Monday) – National Heroes’ Day
- November 30 (Tuesday) – Bonifacio Day
- December 25 (Saturday) – Christmas Day
- December 30 (Thursday) – Rizal Day
Special Non-Working Days
- February 12 (Friday) – Chinese New Year
- February 25 (Thursday) – EDSA Revolution Anniversary
- April 3 – Black Saturday
- August 21 (Saturday) – Ninoy Aquino Day
- November 1 (Monday) – All Saints’ Day
- December 8 (Wednesday) – Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary
- December 31 (Friday) – Last day of the year
Additional Special Non-Working Days
- November 2 (Tuesday) – All Souls’ Day
- December 24 (Friday) – Christmas Eve
Best destinations to visit for each month of the year
We’re done rolling out the 2021 holidays Philippines calendar so now, we’ve rounded up a monthly travel guide for you to make the most out of your long weekend.
January 1 (Friday) – New Year’s Day
Number of long weekend: 1
One of the most alive months of the year in the Philippines is January because there’s a lot of Philippine festivities that happen during the month namely the Sinulog Festival in Cebu, Ati-Atihan Festival in Aklan, Vigan City Fiesta and Longganisa Festival in Vigan, and Feast of the Black Nazarene in Manila.
Of all these events, the Sinulog is the most awaited, not just in the Philippines but across the world! If you want to have a blast on 2021 holidays Philippines, add Cebu to your travel bucket list.
Book budget hotels in Cebu here.
FEBRUARY: Baguio City
February 12 (Friday) – Chinese New Year
February 25 (Thursday) – Edsa People Power Anniversary
Number of long weekends: 2
Aside from being the summer capital of the Philippines, Baguio City is also known for its Panagbenga Festival. This is usually celebrated month-long in February and many celebrities join and perform during the Panagbenga Festival.
You’ll be amazed at how beautiful the gigantic flower floats are in Baguio! And you’ll feel like dancing when you hear the beats of the indigenous music performed during the street dance.
Book budget hotels in Baguio here.
Dry season in the Philippines usually starts in March so a lot of Filipinos are already aiming for cool weather. Since there are no 2021 Philippine holidays this month, a solution to this is a quick weekend getaway near Metro Manila. The best place to be? Tagaytay!
Just two hours away from the metro, you’ll already feel the cool breeze of air, just like in Baguio, while indulging yourself with the best bulalo!
Book budget hotels in Tagaytay here.
April 1 – Maundy Thursday
April 2 – Good Friday
April 3 – Black Saturday
April 9 (Friday) – Araw ng Kagitingan
Number of long weekends: 2
April is the time when most Filipinos travel because students are on vacation already and this is also the start of lenten season (Holy Week) where most employees are on holidays.
During this month, the best place to visit is Batanes if you want to reflect on things and just have a retreat. Its scenic views and peaceful surroundings make up a tranquil retreat. Places you shouldn’t miss in Batanes are Racuh A Payaman, Tayid Lighthouse and the Tukon Chapel in Basco.
May 1, 2020 (Saturday) – Labor Day
It’s still summer in the Philippines during this time and where else is better to fly to than in Boracay? Enjoy the long stretch of fine white sand beach, col cerulean waters, fun water activities, and of course, the vibrant nightlife!
It’s not listed as one of the best beaches in the world for nothing.
Book budget hotels in Boracay here.
June 12 (Saturday) – Independence Day
Since June is when Filipinos celebrate their Independence Day, why not learn more about the Philippine History through traveling to the Walled City? Walk, ride a kalesa, or bike your way through the streets of Intramuros to appreciate the stories of each corner and you will travel back in time in a flash.
Must-visit landmarks include the San Agustin Church, Manila Cathedral, the Baluarte de San Diego, and Fort Santiago. Be sure to check out our Philippine holidays 2021 calendar above to guide you for the long weekends.
Book budget hotels in Manila here.
If you’re planning on canceling your beach escape this month because of the typhoon, think again. With the rainy season in full effect, huge waves are coming to Siargao’s shoreline, making the Philippines a dream destination for surfers.
Brave the waves at the world-renowned Cloud 9 beach. While for non-surfers, Siargao offers other great spots to enjoy like the Sugba Lagoon, Magpupungko Rock Pool and the 3-island trip (Naked, Guyam and Daku Islands). There may be no holiday 2021 Philippines during this month but a 3-day vacation in Siargao won’t hurt, right?
Book budget hotels in Siargao here.
AUGUST: Vigan City
August 21 (Saturday) – Ninoy Aquino Day
August 30 (Monday) – National Heroes’ Day
Number of long weekend: 1
Aside from Intramuros in Manila, Vigan City is also a great place to learn the history in time for the Philippine holidays 2021. As one of the best preserved Spanish colonial towns in the world, Vigan City has a unique charm that anyone would be attracted to. In fact, you might not see much of its classic architecture and matching cobblestoned streets elsewhere in the Philippines. Because of its rich culture and heritage sites, Vigan City has been inscribed as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Book budget hotels in Vigan here.
While there is no holiday 2021 Philippines during this month, you can still enjoy a quick escape near Manila! Just 3-4 hours away from the metro, Zambales will satisfy your sun, sand, sea cravings. Try camping at Liwliwa Beach or go island-hopping to see the Anawangin Cove and Capones Island. Or better yet, why not go surfing since the waves during this month is great!
Known as the City of Smiles, Bacolod never disappoints its visitors with its beautiful spots to visit and the sweet and friendly locals. Most tourists frequent Bacolod every October to experience the famous MassKara Festival.
It is one of the biggest and most awaited festivals in the Philippines. Some of the fun activities you should not miss are the MassKara street dance competition, Electric MassKara (Bacolod’s biggest street party), and MassKara Queen Pageant.
Book budget hotels in Bacolod here.
NOVEMBER: Angono, Rizal
November 1 (Monday) – All Saints’ Day
November 2 (Tuesday) – All Souls’ Day
November 30 (Tuesday) – Bonifacio Day
Number of long weekends: 2
Known as the “Art Capital of the Philippines”, Angono, Rizal makes a name through its artistic locals. Aside from this, the town is also famous for its Higantes Festival.
Based on the Angono folklore, the “Higantes” or paper-mache giants were done by locals as a form of protest during the Spanish colonization. Now, these paper-mache giants now play the part of one of the most unique festivals in the Philippines.
Higantes Festival is celebrated every 4th week of November in Angono, Rizal to honor San Clemente, the town’s patron saint.
December 8 – Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary
December 24 – Christmas Eve
December 25 – Christmas Day
December 30 – Rizal Day
December 31 – Last Day of the Year
Number of long weekends: 3
December is one of the months that have lots of holidays. Take it to your advantage and spend your holidays in Palawan. You can choose to tour the Puerto Princesa Underground River, let Kayangan Lake in Coron take your breath away or kayak your way to Big and Small Lagoons in El Nido. You’ll never get bored when you visit Palawan. And when you do, don’t be too surprised to leave your heart there.
Book budget hotels in Palawan here.
We hope this blog helps you to make the most of your 2021 holidays Philippines. Stay Safe! Stay ZEN!
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