►New Year’s Day
1 January 2013, Tuesday
Many days before this day, Filipinos will be cleaning out their house to welcome the New Year. On this day however, they will refrain from doing anything besides celebrating.
►Chinese New Year
10 February 2013, Sunday
Everyone will wear new and mostly red clothes to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Houses will be decorated with lanterns and flowers, and there will also be lion or dragon dance in areas with populous Chinese population.
►People Power Day
25 February 2013, Monday
Celebrates the fall of the Philippines dictator Ferdinand Marcos in 1986.
28 March 2013, Thursday
This is the day before Good Friday and churches throughout the Philippines will have the Mass of the Last Supper.
29 March 2013, Friday
Filipinos will fast and abstain from eating meat on this day. Churches throughout the country will reenact the Passion of Jesus up to the part where he was crucified. In some parts of the Philippines, devout Catholics perform real crucifixions despite that the gruesome act is condemned by Catholic leaders in the country.
►Day of Valor
9 April 2013, Tuesday
Also known as “Araw ng Kagitingan” commemorates the Filipinos who fought in World War II. There will be parades in many cities in the Philippines and the Philippines president will give a speech at Mt. Samat shrine.
1 May 2013, Wednesday
This day celebrates worker and the first one was held in the Philippines on May 1, 1903.
12 June 2013, Wednesday
Commemorates Phillippines’ independence from the Spaniards on June 12, 1898. General Emilio Aguinaldo staged the revolution against Spain and become the Phillippines’ first president.
9 August 2013, Friday
Marks the end of Ramadan, the fasting month of the Islamic religion.
►Ninoy Aquino Day
21 August, Wednesday
Commemorates the death of Senator Beningno “Ninoy” Aquino, Jr. who was assassinated by then President Ferdinand Marcos for trying to overthrow him. His death helped push the revolt that led to the fall of the dictator Ferdinand Marcos.
►National Heroes’ Day
27 August 2013, Monday
Celebrates all the national heroes that have contributed to the Philippines’ freedom
25 October 2013, Tuesday
Commemorates Abraham who was willing to sacrifice his son Ishmael due to the God’s command.
►All Saints Day
1 November 2013, Friday
A day for remembering loved ones who have passed away. Filipinos will come to cemeteries and visit graves of deceased relatives and tidy up the graves.
30 November 2013, Saturday
Pays respect to another national hero, Andrés Bonifacio y de Castro, who also helped overthrow the Spanish rule in the Philippines.
25 December 2013, Wednesday
30 December 2013, Monday
Commemorates the execution of one of the Phillipines national heroes, Jose Rizal, who was against the Spanish rule.
►New Year’s Eve
31 December 2013, Tuesday
Special food will be prepared to celebrate this night like pancit, eggs, and sticky rice. Filipinos will also use firecrackers to celebrate the New Year.