2021 Holidays Philippines: A Cheat Sheet and Long Weekends Guide for Next Year’s Vacations (Hopefully)

2021 Holidays Philippines: A Cheat Sheet and Long Weekends Guide for Next Year’s Vacations (Hopefully)
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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! 

2021 philippine holiday calendar

Regular Holidays

  • 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: Cebu

street dancers during sinulog festival

Holiday

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

stunning view of baguio

Holidays

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.

MARCH: Tagaytay

Stunning view of taal volcano and lake

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: Batanes

stunning view of batanes

Holidays

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: Boracay

Holiday

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: Intramuros

a kalesa in intramuros

Holiday 

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.

JULY: Siargao

cloud 9 siargao

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

a kalesa at calle crisologo in vigan

Holidays 

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.

SEPTEMBER: Zambales

anawangin cove

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!

OCTOBER: Bacolod

the ruins in bacolod

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

higantes festival

Holidays 

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: Palawan

travelers chilling in a lagoon in palawan

Holidays 

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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