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2017 Special Non-working Holidays: Escape to 10 Philippine Destinations

Maui Sanvictores
Maui Sanvictores | Aug 18, 2016
2017 Special Non-working Holidays: Escape to 10 Philippine Destinations

Just in: Thursday, August 18, 2016, the Palace released Proclamation No. 50 which consists of Regular and Special Non-working Holidays for 2017. The list includes October 31 as holiday as to give the public more time to prepare for All Souls Day, celebrated November 1 in the Philippines.

These are the dates you should take note of in planning your next vacation:

Special (Non-woking) Holidays:

  • Chinese New Year – Saturday, January 28
  • EDSA People Power Revolution Anniversary – Saturday, February 25
  • Black Saturday – April 15
  • Ninoy Aquino Day – Monday, August 21
  • All Saints Day – Wednesday, November 1
  • Additional special (non-working) day – Tuesday, October 31

If you haven't got a clue on where to go just yet, check out team Choose Philippines’ short quick trips around Luzon for your next adventure during special (non-working) holidays:

1. Balagbag Falls in Real, Quezon

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From little to no-hike, this falls in Quezon Province will surely quench the adventurous soul in you. This cascading waterfall at the foot of Sierra Madre mountain range is a four-hour land travel from Manila

2. Puting Buhangin in Pagbilao, Quezon

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Simply ride a bus bound to Lucena and your beach-bum dreams will come to life. A 3-4 hour bus ride wouldn’t hurt with the serene water waiting for you.

Read: Rockstar Diary: A Quick Beach Getaway with Rock Princess Yeng Constantino

3. Sombrero Island in Anilao, Batangas

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Who knew that an island in Batangas is hat-shaped thus its name? Sombrero Island is a 15-20 minute boat ride from the resorts in Anilao. It holds its charm with its rock formation around the island and a thriving underwater life. 

4. Mt. Batulao in Batangas

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Easy to the pocket, this adventure in the mountains of Batangas is a go-to. If the rolling-hills of Batanes is too elusive for you, Mt. Batulao has it for you.

Read: Mt. Batulao: A Half-Day Climb to Catch the Most Breathtaking Views

5. Mt. Pinatubo in Zambales

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When it erupted way back in 1991, no one knew that such tragedy could pave way for something majestic. For 2 and a half-hour ride from the metro, you could feel like you’re living inside a movie scene. You will ride a 4x4 vintage jeep to the jump-off point where you will trek for another hour to the majestic crater lake.

Read: A Life-Changing Experience in Pinatubo

6. Capones Island in Zambales

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Too fickle-minded on whether to hike or dive? Why choose when you can do both in one trip. The island of Capones offers its visitors the choice to dive its clear blue waters or explore the rock formation which leads atop its hills.

7.Taytay Falls in Majayjay, Laguna

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Check out Taytay Falls' ice-cold waters in Laguna. Its temperature can lead to hypothermia if you stay longer than an hour. Yes, it is that cold.

Read moreLaBoracay? How about LaMajayjay?

8.Bucal Falls in Majayjay, Laguna

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Are you looking for something unusual? Bucal falls in Laguna is relatively unexplored compared to Pangil Laguna’s waterfall. Trekking time is also significantly shorter; the hike to and fro its waters will take you an hour or two.


9.Malingaan Cave in San Rafael, Bulacan

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Rock scrambling for the holidays, anyone? Check out Tukod’s Malingaan Cave. In an hour or two, get your body ready for a truly picturesque day of spelunking.


10.Tinipak River in Tanay, Rizal

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If you’re the type of person who unwillingly goes to a hike because you get too sweaty at the end of the trail, Tinipak River in Tanay could be for you. People usually explore Mt. Daraitan first, and then go for a swim in the clear cold waters of Tinipak River.

Read: Daraitan River: Tanay's Mystical Destination

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