PRESIDENT Ferdinand Marcos Jr. recently announced the long weekends for 2024, urging Filipinos to plan their vacations and spend quality time with their families and loved ones. In a Facebook post, Marcos emphasized the importance of planning well for a productive and prosperous year.
The first long weekend of the year will begin on March 28 (Maundy Thursday) and last until April 1 (Easter Sunday). March 28 and March 29 are regular holidays, while March 30 is a special non-working day. This extended break provides an excellent opportunity for Filipinos to relax and unwind.
Another long weekend awaits from August 24 (Saturday) to August 26 (Monday) in observance of National Heroes Day. August 26 is a regular holiday, giving Filipinos an extended break to honor and remember their national heroes.
In November, Filipinos will have another chance to spend quality time with their families from November 1 (Friday) to November 3 (Sunday). November 1 and November 2 are both special non-working days, dedicated to the observance of All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days.
As the year comes to a close, Filipinos can look forward to an extended break from December 28 (Saturday) to December 31 (Tuesday). December 30 is a regular holiday, celebrating Rizal Day, while December 31 is a special non-working day, marking the Last Day of the Year.
Aside from the national holidays, the President has also declared holidays in certain provinces to commemorate their founding anniversaries or celebrate various festivals.
In Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija, February 3 has been declared a holiday to mark its 74th founding anniversary. This presents an excellent opportunity for locals and tourists alike to learn more about the city’s rich history and culture.
Cadiz City, Negros Occidental, will have a special non-working day on January 26 to celebrate the Dinagsa Festival. This vibrant festival showcases the city’s unique traditions and is a must-see for anyone interested in experiencing the local culture.
In Lipa City, Batangas, February 20 has been declared a holiday to celebrate the Coffee Festival. This event is a treat for coffee lovers, offering a chance to indulge in the city’s rich coffee heritage and enjoy various activities and exhibits.
Tantangan, South Cotabato, will have a special non-working day on January 29 to commemorate its 63rd anniversary as well as the Kulitangtang Festival. This festival highlights the town’s cultural heritage and is a great opportunity to immerse oneself in the local traditions and festivities.
With these long weekends and holiday celebrations, Filipinos have ample opportunities to plan their vacations and create lasting memories with their loved ones. Whether it’s exploring the rich history of Cabanatuan City, immersing in the vibrant culture of Cadiz City, indulging in Lipa City’s coffee delights, or experiencing the colorful festivities in Tantangan, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
So mark your calendars, plan your vacations, and make the most of the long weekends in 2024. Take this time to relax, rejuvenate, and create cherished moments with your family and loved ones. Happy holidays!
Source: The Manila Times