Travel Bag

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.
travel bag - traveling to the Philippines for business or for pleasure
Here is a summary of what you will find in this area of our website:

Emergencies

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.

First Base

Check out travel and quarantine regulations, arrival and departure information as well as what to bring if you are traveling to the Philippines.

Getting Around

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.

Photo Album

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.

Travel and Tourism

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.

The Virtual Pub

Looking for the night life. Check out our Virtual Pub for some tips on what to do and where to go.

General Holidays:

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

Saturday

EDSA Revolution 25 February Friday
Day of Valor (Araw ng Kagitingan) 11 April (09 April)

Monday

Holy Week

Maundy Thursday / Huwebes Santo

Good Friday (Biyernes Santo)

21 April

22 April

Thursday

Friday

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)

31 December Saturday

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.

Disclaimer:
The information contained on this section was obtained from sources that we believe to be reliable; furnishes the information without warranty of any kind.