July 09, 2015

6 Long Weekends from July to December 2015

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  • How time flies! The second half of 2015 is here, but it is not yet too late to schedule more out-of-town trips or staycations with these 6 long weekends left for the rest of the year:


    July 17 (Friday): Eid’l Fitr

    Eid’l Fitr marks the end of Ramadan. The date varies every year due to lunar considerations, but the estimated date for 2015 is on July 17—that makes July 17 to 19 a possible long weekend, pending official proclamation.

    No time to prepare for a vacation? Head out to Nuvali, a few minutes’ drive from the city through the South Luzon Expressway.

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    The Ninoy Aquino monument stands at the corner of Paseo de Roxas and Ayala Avenue. Photo from Wikimedia Commons

    August 21 (Friday): Ninoy Aquino Day

    The death anniversary of Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino, Jr. is remembered through a special non-working holiday. Most companies honor this; in that case, August 21 to 23 becomes a long weekend.

    If you’re up for some challenge, visit La Union for a swell adventure! Learn how to surf and make new friends in San Juan or Darigayos.

    August 31 (Monday): National Heroes Day

    Take note of this for your future plans: National Heroes Day is always celebrated on the last

    Monday of August, which makes this year’s August 29 to 31 a long weekend.

    The holiday commemorates the Cry of Pugad Lawin, so it is just fitting to learn more about the Philippines’ history during this short break at the National Museum.

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    Andres Bonifacio founded the Katipunan, an independence movement in the 1890s. Photo from Wikimedia Commons

    November 30 (Monday): Andres Bonifacio Day

    A legal holiday celebrating the birth of one of the pillars of Philippine independence, Bonifacio Day falls on a Monday this year, ending 2 months of no long weekends with one from November 28 to 30.

    Take this opportunity to visit one of the best beach destinations in the country, El Nido in Palawan. If the trip appears to be too taxing, a great alternative would be Borawan in the Quezon province

    December 24 and 25 (Thursday and Friday): A Special Non-working Holiday and Christmas Day

    December 24 is declared a special non-working holiday to promote stronger family ties. That gives us a four-day long weekend from December 24 to 27! And the break continues…

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    The Philippines is known for celebrating Christmas as early as September and until January of the following year. Photo from Wikimedia Commons

    December 30 to January 1 (Wednesday to Friday): Jose Rizal Day, a Special Non-working Holiday and New Year’s Day

    That adds a five-day long weekend from December 30 to January 3 to our calendar! Watch out for the dates of this year’s Sagada Bonfire Festival, plus a lot of New Year’s parties will surely be announced in the coming months too.

    For more vacation suggestions and tips, visit our Travel section. Happy planning!


    Article by Mina Loyola

    Photos from Wikimedia Commons

     

               
               
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