The Travel Bag section provides a information on where to go and stay, what to do and bring, how to get around in the Philippines. If you are traveling to the Philippines for business or for pleasure then you might want to check out our "travel bag". As the name suggests here you will find the things you need to pack away mentally in your mind before you travel.
Here is a summary of what you will find in this area of our website:
Here you will find a checklist of what to do in case you are caught in a typhoon or earthquake. You will also find a checklist of numbers in case you require consular assistance from your embassy.
Check out travel and quarantine regulations, arrival and departure information as well as what to bring if you are traveling to the Philippines.
Business hours, transportation, communications and security issues are all dealt with here.
Where to Stay
Here you can check out a range of accommodation from five star to budget.
Our photo album provides you with a range of shots from all over the Philippines taken by our own staff. Click on the thumbnail do download your own Philippines wallpaper.
Despite what you may read in the international press, the Philippines remains one of Asia's holiday playgrounds and tourism remains a flourishing industry. Provided you take sensible precautions - as you should do in any foreign country - there is no reason why you should not enjoy your time in this country. Certainly there is much to see. Furthermore, with English so widely spoken you will have no problem getting around. A friendly smile can take you a long way.
Looking for the night life. Check out our Virtual Pub for some tips on what to do and where to go.
|Holiday Date||Celebration Date||English Name||Filipino Name||Official Status||Details/Description|
|January 1||January 1||New Year's Day||Araw ng Bagong Taon||Regular Holiday||1st day of the New Year|
|Thursday before Easter||Varies||Maundy Thursday||Huwebes Santo||Regular Holiday, Movable date||Commemorates the Last Supper; part of Holy Week/Mahal Na Araw celebrations|
|Friday before Easter||Varies||Good Friday||Biyernes Santo||Regular Holiday, Movable date||Commemoration of the death of Jesus Christ; part of Holy Week/Mahal Na Araw celebrations|
|Easter Sunday, date varies||Varies||Easter Sunday||Linggo ng Pagkabuhay||Regular Sunday||Commemoration of the Resurrection of Jesus; part of Holy Week/Mahal Na Araw celebrations|
|April 9||Monday nearest April 9||Bataan and Corregidor Day ("Day of Valour")||Araw ng Kagitingan||Regular Holiday||Commemorates the Bataan Death March|
|May 1||Monday nearest May 1||Labor Day||Araw ng Manggagawa||Regular Holiday|
|June 12||Monday nearest June 12||Independence Day||Araw ng Kalayaan||Regular Holiday||Anniversary of the Philippine Declaration of Independence|
|June 30||June 30||Philippine-Spanish Friendship Day||Araw ng pagkakaibigan Pilipinas-Espanya||Special Working Holiday nationwide;
Special Nonworking Holiday in Aurora province
|To mark the occasion when President Emilio Aguinaldo commended the besieged Spanish soldiers in the Church of Baler for their loyalty and gallantry.|
|July 27||July 27||Iglesia Ni Cristo Day||Kaarawan ng pagkakatatag ng Iglesia Ni Cristo||Nationwide Special Working Holiday||Worldwide celebration of the founding anniversary of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church of Christ) in the Philippines.|
|August 21||Monday nearest August 21||Ninoy Aquino Day||Araw ng Kabayanihan ni Ninoy Aquino||Nationwide Special Holiday||Death of Benigno Aquino, Jr.|
|Last Monday of August||Last Monday of August||National Heroes' Day||Araw ng mga Bayani||Regular Holiday||Commemorates the "Cry of Pugad Lawin" by the Katipunan|
|November 1||November 1||All Saints Day||Undas/Todos los Santos||Nationwide Special Holiday||Remembrance of all the saints and dead|
|Varies||Varies||Eidul Fitr (Arabic transliteration: Eid al-Fitr)||Wakas ng Ramadan||Regular Holiday, movable date||End of the holy month of Ramadan; based on Islamic calendar|
|November 30||Monday nearest November 30||Bonifacio Day||Kaarawan ni Bonifacio||Regular Holiday||Birth date of Andres Bonifacio|
|December 25||December 25||Christmas Day||Araw ng Pasko||Regular Holiday||Celebration of Christmas|
|December 30||Monday nearest December 30||Rizal Day||Araw ng Kabayanihan ni Dr. José Rizal||Regular Holiday||Death anniversary of National hero José Rizal|
|December 31||December 31||Last Day of the Year||Bisperas ng Bagong Taon||Special Nationwide Holiday||Celebration of New Year's Eve|
Philippine Holidays 2011:
|New Year’s Day / Araw ng Bagong Taon||01 January||
|EDSA Revolution||25 February||Friday|
|Day of Valor (Araw ng Kagitingan)||11 April (09 April)||
Maundy Thursday / Huwebes Santo
Good Friday (Biyernes Santo)
|Labor Day (Araw ng Manggagawa)||01 May||Sunday|
|Independence Day (Araw ng Kasarinlan)||12 June||Sunday|
|Ninoy Aquino Day (Araw ng Kabayanihan ni Ninoy Aquino)||21 August||Sunday|
|National Heroes Day (Araw ng mga Bayani)||29 August (last Monday of August)||Monday|
|All Saint’s Day (Undas/Todos Los Santos)||01 November||Tuesday|
|Bonifacio Day (Kaarawan ni Bonifacio)||30 November||Wednesday|
|Special Non Working Holiday||24 December||Saturday|
|Christmas Day||25 December||Sunday|
|Rizal Day (Araw ng Kabayanihan ni Dr. José Rizal)||30 December||Friday|
Last Day of the Year (Special Holiday)
(Bisperas ng Bagong Taon)
Note: Philippine Eid'l Fitr and Eidul Adha to be proclaimed once approximate dates have been determined in accordance with the Islamic calendar (Hijra) or the lunar calendar or upon Islamic astronomical calculations, whichever is possible or convenient.
The information contained on this section was obtained from sources that we believe to be reliable; furnishes the information without warranty of any kind.