This is not a drill! Brace yourself for 13 long weekends in 2018.
Malacanang Palace has officially declared 10 regular holidays, six (6) special non-working holidays and two (2) additional non-working days.
- New Year’s Day – January 1, 2018, Monday
- Maundy Thursday – March 29, 2018, Thursday
- Good Friday – March 30, 2018, Friday
- Araw ng Kagitingan – April 9, 2018, Monday
- Labor Day – May 1, 2018, Tuesday
- Independence Day – June 12, 2018, Tuesday
- National Heroes Day – August 27, 2018, Monday
- Bonifacio Day – November 30, 2018, Friday
- Christmas Day – December 25, 2018, Tuesday
- Rizal Day – December 30, 2018, Sunday
- Chinese New Year – February 16, 2018, Friday
- EDSA People Power Revolution Anniversary – February 25, 2018, Sunday
- Black Saturday – March 31, 2018, Saturday
- Ninoy Aquino Day – August 21, 2018, Tuesday
- All Saint’s Day – November 1, 2018, Thursday
- Last day of the Year – December 31, 2018, Monday
- November 2, 2018
- December 24, 2018
Take note that Islamic holidays Eid’l Ftr and Eid’l Adha are not yet included on the list. Malacanang Palace will announce these at a later date after it is confirmed according to Hijri or the Islamic Lunar Calendar.
If you haven’t enjoyed any vacay in 2017, then you better plan way ahead to enjoy the coming long weekends.
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5 Fun Long Weekend Activities
Join a Workshop
Got a hobby you have been putting off for a long time? Do you want to learn calligraphy, photography, painting, or Photoshop? Then, now is the time to seize the day. Meet new people with the same interests as you.
You can start by searching groups in social media and find nearby influencers. Learn new things and find other venues to destress once you need to get back to work.
Do Staycation with Friends
Kulayan na ang drawing with beshies.
Instead of planning out-of-town trips which never became a reality, just do a staycation at home or in the nearest hotel. Get away from the daily life’s stressors without actually going away physically. Watch Korean dramas all night, rent a videoke which costs P500 to P700 a day, or do a movie marathon.
You can just invite your friends for a night to catch up, unwind and reminisce your past experiences together. There is no need to cook a lot. You can just do a potluck dinner. Anyone can bring any meal or snack. Some of my friends would bring ingredients and just cook at my home while we start chatting about funny memories. They sometimes share their new recipes too.
Spend Time with Your Family
As a working mom, I usually miss my daughter every time I go to work. Long weekends are God’s gift for me to bond more with her and the rest of the family. There is no need to go out of town since most people will be there and traffic would be a hassle.
You can just go to the nearest park to do picnics. Pack lunch, snacks, mats and kid’s toys and head to Luneta Park, Quezon City Memorial Circle or the Ninoy Aquino’s Park and Wildlife. Spend all day running around or lying on the grass. You can also go to the mall and visit kid’s indoor playgrounds.
Take your kids to Kidzania in Bonifacio Global City, DreamPlay by DreamWorks in Parañaque, and Active Fun in SM City North Edsa.
Have a Personal Project
If you are a busy person, you might have no time to do some tidying up. Well, now is a perfect time. Declutter your home, clean up your fridge to throw away long-forgotten expired food, take out unused clothes or wipe the cobwebs from the ceilings. If you want, repaint your room to make a fresher ambiance. If you have a car, you can also do some Do-It-Yourself car care.
Fix your screeching gate, build a cabinet, tend the garden, or perhaps change the lawn’s landscape a bit. How about making a simple vertical garden, writing an e-book or blogging about your daily life? There is no limit to your imagination, especially that you have your own time on your hands for a few days.
Want to make your long weekend count for others? Volunteer work for a charity. If you are not comfortable to be around strangers for a long time, you can just donate your blood in a Philippine Red Cross Chapter. If your profession is in medical line, you can join a medical mission. And no matter who you are or what you do, you can volunteer packing relief goods, cooking in feeding programs or teach kids in orphanages.
If you don’t know which charity to start with you can volunteer in non- profit organizations such as Feed the Hungry, Inc., Duterte’s Kitchen, Philippine Red Cross, and ChildHope Philippines. It does not only give you the feeling of great accomplishment to humanity. You can also add your experience on your resume, meet new friends, and touch someone’s life.
Long weekends do not have to be spent in expensive out-of-the-town (or country) trips to be memorable. There are a lot of things you can do to make it count even without leaving your own home. Take control of your vacation, plan ahead and enjoy the things you have not done in a long time.
Your working schedules might have gone toxic, but you must not forget that you need some recreation to stay sane. So mark your calendar as early as today!