Philippine Holidays for 2018 Announced

My feet are itching. I’ve just read the news on 2018 Philippine holidays and I immediately scanned for long weekends where we can spend family time somewhere we’ve never been before.

As usual, the long weekends are centered on the major holidays I often refer to as SUP: Semana Santa (Holy Week), Undas (Halloween), and Pasko (Christmas). Based on the published Philippine holidays 2018, and assuming no one goes to school or work on a Saturday or Sunday, I have four days and three nights off to plan our trips and activities.

  • March 29 to 01 April Holy Week (Semana Santa). Lent is from Maundy Thursday to Easter Sunday. Visit churches or cool off at fab beaches.
  • November 01 to 04 (Undas). From Thursday (1st of November) to Sunday (4th of November) you get to spend time with the departed or catch up with relatives.
  • December 22 to 25 (Pasko). From buying gifts on Saturday (22nd December) to spending Christmas with the family on Tuesday (25th December), what’s not to like?

But then, if you’d rather plan your trips on less crowded dates, there are long weekends that allow for three days and two nights of vacay bliss. Look closer at the 2018 Philippine holidays and see if these dates fit your schedule, again assuming no work on Saturdays or Sundays.

  • February 16 to 18 (Chinese New Year is on the 16th)
  • April 07 to 09 (Day of Valor is on the 9th)
  • November 30 to December 01 (Bonifacio Day is on the 30th)
  • December 29 to 31 (Rizal day 30th to New Year’s Eve 31st of January)

Backpacking families like mine love these long weekends in the Philippine holidays 2018 because it allows us to explore places where can share experiences and make memories for a lifetime.

To complete the list, here are the remaining 2018 Philippine holidays effective nationwide:

  • January 01 (Monday) New Year
  • February 25 (Sunday) EDSA People Power Revolution Anniversary**
  • May 01 (Tuesday) Labor day
  • June 12 (Tuesday) Independence day
  • August 21 (Tuesday) Ninoy Aquino day**
  • August 27 (Monday) National Heroes day

** These are special non-working holidays.

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Sunny the Hornbill is Jurong Birdpark's New Animal Icon

As a nod to its unique place in Singapore’s biodiversity, Jurong Bird Park has introduced Sunny the Hornbill as the park’s animal icon.

Starting with just five Hornbill species when the park opened in 1971, Jurong Bird Park today is home to the largest collection of Southeast Asian Hornbills in the world. Of the 18 Hornbill species in the park, 11 are native to Southeast Asia.

Dr Cheng Wen-Haur, Deputy CEO and Chief Life Sciences Officer, Wildlife Reserves Singapore said, “We have chosen the Hornbill as Jurong Bird Park’s animal icon as we think this striking bird will be a relatable ambassador for all threatened bird species that need our help and protection. We have great success in Singapore where we have helped to reintroduce the oriental pied hornbill. There are other species such as the Helmeted Hornbill that are being hunted relentlessly and urgently need our help.”

Jurong Bird Park has long been actively involved in hornbill conservation efforts. Locally, Oriental Pied Hornbills were not seen for 140 years prior to 1994. In 2005, Jurong Bird Park entered a collaboration dedicated to the breeding and conserving of these birds and today, Singapore is home to a thriving population of Oriental Pied Hornbills. In 2013, three Oriental Pied Hornbill eggs rescued from Pulau Ubin were successfully incubated and hatched at the park’s Breeding & Research Centre. This marked the world’s first successful incubation and hatching of an Oriental Pied Hornbill.

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Things to Do in Marinduque

The legendary and historic Marinduque is one of the most visited places by local tourists in the Philippines. The heart-shaped island is not just full of natural treasures like white sandy beaches, scenic diving sites, beneficial hot springs, and enchanting caves, it is also full of interesting cultural traditions.

Like any other island paradise in the country, visiting Marinduque is affordable. Its accommodation options cater to all kinds of tourists, from budget travelers and backpackers, to luxe honeymooners. If you’re going in Easter, when tourist numbers peak, it’s recommended to book hotels in advance through online booking sites like Traveloka to secure the room you want within budget.

Locals believe the origin of the island to be the result of a tragic romance. It is widely held that Marina, a daughter of a local chief, fell in love with Garduke, a prince from a neighboring kingdom. Their parents were opposed to their romance and they were sentenced to be beheaded. The two managed to elope, ending up in the sea where they died with their remains forming the island.

The island is also historic. Indeed, the name of the island is a corruption of the local name of the tallest point on the island, Mt. Marlanga (now Mt. Malindig), which the Spanish used to rename the island after they captured it in 1569.

It is also on the island that American soldiers first set camp before the Filipino-American War of 1899-1902. The Battle of Pulang Lupa, as the war is locally referred to, ended with the defeat of American soldiers. The island again featured in World War II when the locals put up a stiff resistance against the Japanese.