Here is a guide of the 2014 holidays and events in the Philippines!
Make plans and schedule trips and activities with friends and family in advance!
JAN 1 - NEW YEAR'S DAY
Wednesday (Every 1st of January) | Philippine Regular Holiday
First day of the year
JAN 9 - FEAST OF THE BLACK NAZARENE
Thursday | Quiapo, Manila
An intense, day-long festival highlighted by a mammoth procession through the streets.
JAN 19 - ATI-ATIHAN 2014
3rd Sunday | Kalibo, Aklan
Commemorates the 13th century land deal between 10 migrating Bornean chieftains and the aboriginal Ati King Marikudo. It also honors the town patron, the infant Sto. Niño.
JAN 19 - SINULOG 2014
3rd Sunday | Cebu City
Cebu’s biggest and most popular festival in honor of the Holy Image of Senyor Sto. Niño
JAN 26 - DINAGYANG FESTIVAL 2014
4th Sunday | Iloilo City
Street dancing characterized by frenetic stomping of feet and hypnotic drumbeating. It is a colorful whirl of thousands of people dressed in unique costumes dancing & chanting all day and night.
JAN 31 - CHINESE NEW YEAR - WOODEN HORSE
Friday | Special Non-Working Holiday
The Chinese community celebrates the Chinese New Year with pomp & color through a dragon dance.
Long Weekend #1: January 31 to Febuary 2 (3 Days)
FEB 14 - HAPPY VALENTINES' DAY!
Friday (Every 14th of Feb) | Philippines
Filipino lover's most romantic event of the year!
FEB 20-23 - HOT AIR BALLOON FIESTA
Thursday to Sunday | Clark, Angeles, Pampanga
Watch the awesome hot air balloons fly out as the sun rises in the horizon.
FEB 23 - PANAGBENGA - BAGUIO FLOWER FESTIVAL 2014
Sunday | Baguio City
Also known as the Baguio Flower Festival which showcases the City of Baguio as a City of Flowers.
FEB 25 - EDSA REVOLUTION ANNIVERSARY
Tuesday (Every 25th of February)
Special Holiday (for all Schools). Commemorates the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution that Filipinos came to known for.
Long Weekend #2: February 22 to Febuary 25 (4 Days)*
FEB 27 - MAR 3 - MALASIMBO MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL 2014
Thursday to Sunday | Puerto Galera
The festival is held outdoors in a natural amphitheater at the foot of Mount Malasimbo overlooking Puerto Galera Bay, a member of the "Most Beautiful Bays in the World" club.
MAR 1-2 - EURO RACECAR NASCAR CHAMPIONSHIP
Saturday - Sunday | Clark Field, Pampanga
The first-ever Euro Racecar NASCAR Championship in Asia!
MAR 5 - ASH WEDNESDAY
Wednesday | Philippines
The First Day of Lenten Season in the Philippines
MAR 29 - EARTH HOUR 2014
Saturday 8.30PM-9.30PM | Philippines
Cities and towns all over the world will switch off their lights for one hour—EARTH HOUR—sending a powerful global message that it is possible to take action on global warming.
APR 9 - BATAAN DAY (ARAW NG KAGITINGAN)
Wednesday (Every 9th of April) | Regular Holiday
Araw ng Kagitingan
Long Weekend #3: April 17 to April 20 (4 Days)
APR 17 - MAUNDY THURSDAY
Thursday | Philippines | Regular Holiday
Commemorates the Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles.
APR 18 - GOOD FRIDAY
Friday | Philippines | Regular Holiday
Commemorates the crucifixion and death of Jesus at Calvary.
APR 18 - MORIONES FESTIVAL
Friday | Marinduque
Re-enact the story of Longinus, a Roman centurion who speared the crucified body of Jesus Christ.
APR 18 - CUTUD CRUXIFIXIONS
Friday | Pampanga
The old tradition of dramatizing the passion and death of Jesus Christ (called Via Crusis) was played out on the streets leading to the crucifixion site before the 1pm Crucifixion.
APR 19 - BLACK SATURDAY
Saturday | Philippines
Special Non Working Day.
APR 20 - EASTER SUNDAY
Sunday | Philippines
Celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ
APR 22 - EARTH DAY 2014
Tuesday (Every 22nd of April) | Philippines
A day designed to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth's environment
MAY 1 - LABOR DAY
Thursday (Every 1st of May) | Philippines
Regular Holiday. National Labor Day!
Long Weekend #4: May 1 to 4 (4 Days)*
MAY 11 - HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!
2nd Sunday of May | Philippines
An annual celebration to pay tribute to all the awesome mothers!
MAY 15 - PAHIYAS 2014
Thursday (Every 15th of May) | Lucban, Quezon
An annual celebration held to usher in a bountiful harvest and smashing good times.
MAY 17-19 - OBANDO FERTILITY RITES 2014
Saturday - Monday | Obando, Bulacan
Massive numbers of men and women dance towards the town church praying for a wife, husband or a child.
MAY 28 - NATIONAL FLAG DAY
Wednesday (Every 28th of May) | Manila
Start of the designated flag days where all government offices, business establishments, and private homes are also encouraged to display the flag.
JUN 12 - PHILIPPINE'S INDEPENDENCE DAY
Thursday (Every 12th of June)
Regular Holiday. Commemorates the Independence Day of the Philippines from the Spaniards
Long Weekend #5: June 12 to 15 (4 Days)*
JUN 14 - HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!
3rd Sunday of June
An annual celebration to pay tribute to all the awesome fathers!
JUN 24 - PARADA NG LECHON FESTIVAL
Tuesday (Every 24th of June) | Balayan, Batangas
A Lechon Parade celebrating the Feast of St. John the Baptist in Balayan Batangas
JUN 29 - PINTADOS/ KASADYAAN FESTIVAL 2014
Sunday (Every 29th of June) | Tacloban
JUL 27 - BOHOL SANDUGO FESTIVAL 2014
Sunday | Tagbilaran, Bohol
This festival commemorates the treaty of friendship between Datu Sikatuna, a native chieftain and the Spanish conquistador, Miguel López de Legazpi, representing the king of Spain.
JUL 28 - EID'L FITR
Monday (Note: Calculated date for 2014 pending proclamation)
A Muslim holiday celebrating the end of Ramadan.
Long Weekend #6: July 26 to 28 (3 Days)
AUG 17 - KADAYAWAN SA DABAW 2014
Sunday | Davao City
This festival gives thanks to the bounty of fruits and flowers as the waling-waling orchid blooms.
AUG 21 - NINOY AQUINO DAY
Thursday (Every 21st of August) | Special (non-working) Holiday
Commemorating the Death of Ninoy Aquino
Long Weekend #7: August 21 to 25 (5 Days)*
AUG 25 - NATIONAL HEROES' DAY
Last Monday of August | Regular Holiday
Commemorates the "Cry of Pugad Lawin" by Filipino revolutionaries called the Katipunan
SEP 14 - HAPPY GRANDPARENT'S DAY!
Sunday (Every 2nd Sunday of September)
An annual celebration to pay tribute to all the awesome grandparents!
SEP 20 - PENAFRANCIA VIVA LA VIRGEN 2014
Saturday (Every 3rd Saturday of September) | Naga City
Bicol Region's biggest celebration is highlighted by a fluvial parade of Lady of Penafrancia carried through the river aglow with floating candles.
OCT 4 - EIDUL ADHA
Muslim Holiday celebrating Abraham's obedience when he was willing to sacrifice his son Ishmael. (calculated date for 2014 pending proclamation)
OCT 5 - WORLD'S TEACHERS DAY
Sunday (Every 5th of October)
Happy Teachers Day to honor the noble profession of teaching.
OCT 19 - MASSKARA FESTIVAL 2014
Sunday (3rd Weekend of October) | Bacolod
The festival that made Bacolod famous began as an event to inspire the locals to face the hard times with a smiling face, thus masks with smiling faces are worn by revelers who join the parade.
OCT 26 - LANSONES FESTIVAL 2014
Sunday (Last Weekend of October) | Camiguin
A grand celebration of the lanzones fruit in the island of Camiguin.
NOV 1 - ALL SAINT'S DAY
Saturday | Special (non-working) Holiday
NOV 2 - ALL SOUL'S DAY
NOV 23 - HIGANTES FESTIVAL 2014
Sunday (Every 23rd of November) | Angono, Rizal
Male devotees carry the image of San Clemente in a procession that features parehadoras, clad in colorful garb and wooden shoes, and carrying boat paddles and higantes (giants) 10 feet tall papier mache puppets.
NOV 27 - HAPPY THANKSGIVING DAY!
Thursday (Every last Thursday of November)
NOV 30 - BONIFACIO DAY
Sunday (Every 30th of November) | Philippines
Regular Holiday. Birth Anniversary of Andres Bonifacio
DEC 13 - GIANT LANTERN FESTIVAL 2014
Saturday | San Fernando, Pampanga
A Show-Off of Kapampangan Pride culminated with a display of Giant Lanterns measuring 18 feet in diameter.
DEC 16 - SIMBANG GABI
Tuesday (9 days before Christmas)
Start of early morning vigil 9 days before Christmas
DEC 16 - OBLATION RUN
Tuesday (Every 16th of December) | University of the Philippines
The annual naked run of the full-pledge members of Alpha Phi Omega society is a tradition that started in 1977 to protest the banning of the movie, “Hubad na Bayani,” which depicted human rights abuses in the martial law era. The date honors their international founding day on December 16th, 1925.
Long Weekend #8: December 24 to 31 (8 Days)*
DEC 24 - CHRISTMAS EVE
Wednesday (Every 24th of December)
Additional special non-working day (Special non-working day)
DEC 25 - CHRISTMAS DAY
Thursday (Every 25th of December)
Regular Holiday. Celebrating the Birth of Jesus Christ. Holy Day of Obligation
DEC 26 - DAY AFTER CHRISTMAS
Additional special non-working day (Special non-working day)
DEC 30 - RIZAL DAY
Tuesday | (Regular Holiday)
Commemorating the Death of Jose Rizal
DEC 31 - NEW YEAR'S EVE
Last day of the year (Special non-working day)