2011 Awesome Calendar of the Philippines (Updated with Proclamation 84!)

Our Definitive Guide to Philippine Holidays, Philippine Festivals, Philippine Fiestas, Liturgical Events, and Awesome Events! Copyright 2011. Our Awesome Planet

NOTE: Updated with Proclamation 84: DECLARING THE REGULAR HOLIDAYS, SPECIAL (NON-WORKING) DAYS, AND SPECIAL HOLIDAY (FOR ALL SCHOOLS) FOR THE YEAR 2011

    JANUARY 2011
    Best Time to Climb Mt. Pinatubo!

    December 31 – January 2 | 3-Day Weekend!

    1 NEW YEAR’S DAY | Saturday | Solemnity of Mary Mother of God | HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION

    9 FEAST OF THE BLACK NAZARENE | Sunday | Quiapo, Manila
    An intense, day-long festival highlighted by a mammoth procession through the streets.

    15 PASUNGAY FESTIVAL 2011 | Saturday | San Joaquin, Iloilo
    One of the thrilling bull fighting festival as a culminating event of the Bayluhay Festival which celebrates the arrival of the 10 datus from Malay in the 13th century. 

    15-16 ATI-ATIHAN 2011 | Kalibo, Aklan
    Commemorates the 13th century land deal between 10 migrating Bornean chieftains and the aboriginal Ati King Marikudo. It also honors the town patron, the infant Sto. Nino.

    15-16 SINULOG 2011 | Cebu City
    Cebu’s biggest and most popular festival in honor of the Holy Image of Senyor Sto. Niño

    16 or 23 CARACOL 2011 | Makati City
    This is Makati City’s version of the Mardi Gras conceptualized in 1986

    22-23 DINAGYANG FESTIVAL 2011 | Iloilo City
    Street dancing characterized by frenetic stomping of feet and hypnotic drumbeating. It is a colorful whirl of thousands of people dressed in unique costumes dancing & chanting all day and night.

    31 FEAST DAY OF ST. JOHN BOSCO 
    Celebration of the feast day of the Father and Teacher of Youth who founded the Salesian Society. 

    FEBRUARY 2011
    The Love Month!

    FEAST OF NUESTRA SENORA DE LA CANDELARIA or “OUR LADY OF CANDLES.” | Jaro, Iloilo
    Western Visayas celebrates the Patroness of their region.

    CHINESE NEW YEAR – THE YEAR OF THE RABBIT | Binondo, Manila
    The Chinese community celebrates the Chinese New Year with pomp & color through a dragon dance.

    10-13 HOT AIR BALLOON FIESTA | Clark, Angeles, Pampanga
    Watch the awesome hot air balloons fly out as the sun rises in the horizon.

    14 HAPPY VALENTINES’ DAY! | Monday
    Filipino lover’s most romantic event of the year!

    12-15 AURORA SURFING COMPETITION 2011 | Sabang Beach, Baler, Aurora
    The biggest surfing competition in Aurora, Quezon and the best time to go to the birthplace of surfing in the Philippines – Baler, Aurora

    February 25 – 27 | 3-Day Long Weekend (for schools only)!

    25 EDSA REVOLUTION ANNIVERSARY | Friday | People Power Revolution
    Commemorates the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution that Filipinos came to known for.

    26 PANAGBENGA – BAGUIO FLOWER FESTIVAL 2011 | Baguio City
    Also known as the Baguio Flower Festival, it will be the 10th holding of this annual event which will showcase the City of Baguio as a City of Flowers.

     

    MARCH 2011
    Best Time to go watch and shoot the awesome Manila sunset!
    Start of the Donsol Season in Bicol!

    9 ASH WEDNESDAY | Philippines
    The First Day of Lenten Season in the Philippines

    26 EARTH HOUR 2011 | Philippines | 8.30pm-9.30pm
    Cities and towns all over the world will switch off their lights for one hour—EARTH HOUR—sending a powerful global message that it is possible to take action on global warming. 

     

    APRIL 2011
    The Peak Time in Boracay.

    9 BATAAN DAY (ARAW NG KAGITINGAN) | Saturday
    Araw ng Kagitingan

    18-24 HOLY WEEK! | Philippines
    Philippines’ most sacred week!

    April 21-24 | 4-Day Weekend!

    21 HOLY THURSDAY! 
    Commemorates the Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles.

    22 
    GOOD FRIDAY! 
    Commemorates the crucifixion and death of Jesus at Calvary.

    22 MORIONES FESTIVAL | Marinduque
    Re-enact the story of Longinus, a Roman centurion who speared the crucified body of Jesus Christ.

    22 EARTH DAY 2011 | Philippines
    A day designed to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s environment

    22 Cutud Cruxificions |  Pampanga
    The old tradition of dramatizing the passion and death of Jesus Christ (called Via Crusis) was played out on the streets leading to the crucifixion site before the 1pm Crucifixion. 

    24 EASTER SUNDAY
    Celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ

     

    MAY 2011
    National-wide celebration of Flores de Mayo / Santacruzan.

    1 LABOR DAY | Sunday
    National Labor Day!

    FEAST OF THE DIVINE MERCY | Sunday | Plenary Indulgence for Divine Mercy Sunday
    The soul that will go to confession and receive holy communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment!

    7-8 CARAMOAN, FIESTA 2011 | Caramoan, Camarines Sur
    Feast of St. Michael 

    8 HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY! | Sunday
    An annual celebration to pay tribute to all the awesome mothers!

    15 PAHIYAS 2011 | Sunday | Lucban, Quezon
    An annual celebration held to usher in a bountiful harvest and smashing good times.

    17-19 OBANDO FERTILITY RITES 2011 | Tuesday-Thursday | Obando, Bulacan
    Massive numbers of men and women dance towards the town church praying for a wife, husband or a child.

    28 NATIONAL FLAG DAY | Manila
    Start of the designated flag days where all government offices, business establishments, and private homes are also encouraged to display the flag.

     

    JUNE 2011
    Time to show your love for the Philippines by putting a flag on your home, car, and shirts.

    12 PHILIPPINE’S INDEPENDENCE DAY | Sunday
    Commemorates the Independence Day of the Philippines from the Spaniards

    19 HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!
    An annual celebration to pay tribute to all the awesome fathers! 

    19 150th Birth Anniversary of Jose Rizal!
    (proposed legislation to declare a working holiday)

    27-28 PINTADOS/ KASADYAAN FESTIVAL 2011 | Tacloban, Leyte


    JULY 2011
    Start of the Rainy Season in the Philippines.

    11 OFFICIAL DECLARATION OF NEW 7 WONDERS OF NATURE  11/11/11

    23-24 BOHOL SANDUGO FESTIVAL 2011 | Tagbilaran, Bohol
    This festival commemorates the treaty of friendship between Datu Sikatuna, a native chieftain and the Spanish conquistador, Miguel López de Legazpi, representing the king of Spain.

    26 FEAST DAY OF SAINT ANNE 
    Celebration of the feast day of the Mother of Mama Mary

    31 FEAST DAY OF ST. IGNATIUS OF LOYOLA
    Celebration of the feast day of the Father General of the Jesuits. A 30-day retreat follows the celebration. 

    AUGUST 2011
    The Best Time to go on a wild river ride.

    14 UGU BIGYAN’s BIRTHDAY SALE | Sunday |  Tiaong, Quezon
    48% Discount on Ugu Bigyan’s Pottery (discount is equivalent to his age)

    15 ASSUMPTION OF MOTHER MARY INTO HEAVEN | Monday

    21 NINOY AQUINO DAY | Sunday
    Commemorating the Death of Ninoy Aquino

    20-21 KADAYAWAN SA DABAW 2011 | Davao City
    This festival gives thanks to the bounty of fruits and flowers as the waling-waling orchid blooms.

    August 27-293-Day Weekend!

    29 NATIONAL HEROES’ DAY | MONDAY
    Commemorates the “Cry of Pugad Lawin” by Filipino revolutionaries called the Katipunan

    29 OLD SWISS INN ANNUAL PRICE ROLL BACK | MONDAY
    During Old Swiss inn’s Anniversary, the prices are rolled back to the prices when it opened in 1940’s. The best wasy to get a table during the anniversary is to collect 12 stamps from their Gruzi mileage Card. 

    31 EID’L FITR | WEDNESDAY
    A Muslim holiday celebrating the end of Ramadan. (Calculated date for 2011 pending proclamation).

    SEPTEMBER 2011
    The Best Time to go to Divisoria for Christmas shopping and preparations.

    8 MOTHER MARY’S BIRTHDAY | Thursday

    7-11 26th NEGROS TRADE FAIR!| Manila
    The longest running trade fair of the best food, furniture, jewelries and products from the Negros region. Foodies should not miss this annual event πŸ™‚

    11 HAPPY GRANDPARENT’S DAY!  
    An annual celebration to pay tribute to all the awesome grandparents!  

    18 PENAFRANCIA VIVA LA VIRGEN 2011 | Naga City
    Bicol Region’s biggest celebration is highlighted by a fluvial parade of Lady of Penafrancia carried through the river aglow with floating candles.

    26-30 CLOUD 9 INTERNATIONAL SURFING COMPETITION 2011 | Siargao
    The biggest international surfing competition in the Philippines held in Cloud 9, Siargao

    28- Oct. 2 – 26th NEGROS TRADE FAIR!| Manila
    The longest running trade fair of the best food, furniture, jewelries and products from the Negros region. Foodies should not miss this annual event πŸ™‚


    OCTOBER 2011
    Surfing Season in the Philippines.

    1 THE FEAST OF ST. THERESE OF CHILD JESUS
    Feast of Saint Therese of the Little Flower.

    15-16 MASKARA FESTIVAL 2011 | Bacolod
    The festival that made Bacolod famous began as an event to inspire the locals to face the hard times with a smiling face, thus masks with smiling faces are worn by revelers who join the parade.

    16 WORLD BREAD DAY
    Celebration of the World Bread Day.
     

    15-16 LANSONES FESTIVAL 2011 | Camiguin
    A grand celebration of the lanzones fruit in the island of Camiguin. 

    18-20 MAJESTIC SURFING COMPETITION 2011 | Puraran, Baras, Catanduanes
    The biggest surfing competition in Bicol and the best time to catch the Majestic Wave in Puraran

    26-30 DIWALI FESTIVAL | The Festival of Lights
    Indian New Year Festival

     

    NOVEMBER 2011
    Halloween Parties.

    Oct. 29 – November 1 | 4-Day Weekend!
    (October 31 is not a holiday so you have to file your Vacation Leave for this date)

    1 ALL SAINT’S DAY | Tuesday

    ALL SOUL’S DAY | Wednesday

    6 EIDUL ADHA | Sunday
    Muslim Holiday celebrating Abraham’s obedience when he was willing to sacrifice his son Ishmael. (calculated date for 2011 pending proclamation) 

    12 45th Days with the Lord Anniversary Mass | Saturday Night 
    Dazers Mass celebration of the founding of the Days with the Lord. Basta Ikaw, Lord!

    22-23 HIGANTES FESTIVAL 2011 | Tuesday-Wednesday | Angono, Rizal
    Male devotees carry the image of San Clemente in a procession that features parehadoras, clad in colorful garb and wooden shoes, and carrying boat paddles and higantes (giants) 10 feet tall papier mache puppets.

    23-27 8th MAHARLIKA SUNRISE FESTIVAL | Wednesday-Sunday | Roving Festival
    The Sunrise Festival is a celebration of arts for service and blessedness held annually in the different regions of Maharlika (Philippines).

    24 HAPPY THANKSGIVING DAY!

    26-27 KERYGMA CONFERENCE 2011 | Manila | Kerygma Conference
    The Biggest Catholic Charismatic Event in the Country

    30 BONIFACIO DAY | Wednesday

    DECEMBER 2011
    Christmas Season in the Philippines.

    4 ANNUAL CULTURAL TOUR OF NEGROS | Saturday | Bacolod
    Longest running cultural tour in the country by Ramon H. Hofileña.

    8 IMMACULATE CONCEPTION | Tuesday | HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION

    11 ANNUAL CULTURAL TOUR OF NEGROS | Saturday | Bacolod
    Longest running cultural tour in the country by Ramon H. Hofileña.

    18 GIANT LANTERN FESTIVAL 2011 | San Fernando, Pampanga
    A Show-Off of Kapampangan Pride culminated with a display of Giant Lanterns measuring 18 feet in diameter.

    16 SIMBANG GABI
    Start of early morning vigil 9 days before Christmas

    16 OBLATION RUN | Friday | University of the Philippines
    The annual naked run of the full-pledge members of Alpha Phi Omega society is a tradition that started in 1977 to protest the banning of the movie, “Hubad na Bayani,” which depicted human rights abuses in the martial law era. The date honors their international founding day on December 16th, 1925. 

    25 CHRISTMAS DAY | Sunday | Holy Day of Obligation
    Celebrating the Birth of Jesus Christ

    December 30 – January 1 | 3-Day Weekend!

    30 RIZAL DAY | Friday
    Commemorating the Death of Jose Rizal
      

     Live an Awesome Life,

     

     

    Anton 
    Founder, www.OurAwesomePlanet.com
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    P.S. Say goodbye to holiday economics πŸ™

    Originally posted on October 13, 2010.

    44 thoughts on “2011 Awesome Calendar of the Philippines (Updated with Proclamation 84!)

    1. Hi Anton,
      I think Pnoy does not observe the long weekends anymore, does he? The one when a holiday falls on a weekend, Monday becomes a holiday?

    2. Will the holiday economics enacted by the former president still be applicable? If not, fewer long weekends next year. Bad for the tourism, eh?

    3. yes, i think it’s better to wait for the malacanang proclamation of 2011 holidays before posting them here.
      holidays not only mean a day off from work but actually mean business adjustments for some people. that’s why i think it’s better to be sure about the holidays before announcing them.

    4. We have a Thanksgiving day? Is that the one Americans celebrate? I didn’t know Filipinos followed that. FYI, Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving every second Monday of October.

    5. With a lot of families having relatives in the US, Filipinos are more aware now of Thanksgiving Day. You will be surprised to know that some people are following it. It is still predominantly an American tradition.
      Anton

    6. Well, I considered that like the end of Ramadan. Not sure how it is predicted because it seems you cannot get the date 1 year in advance πŸ™ If anyone knows let me know.

    7. What about the Makati Day Parade, sometime end of May or June. They close down the stretch of Ayala Avenue. Businesses, organizations and barangays put up floats. Watched it a couple of times already and it always looks fun. Apologies for those who hate the traffic:) Makati also has Caracol, similar to mardi gras or ati-atihan festival.
      UP Diliman has their annual Christmas lantern parade every December. Nothing beats the creativity of the students there. Really worth watching. The APO Oblation run is also a unique event, even foreign journalists cover.
      I don’t know the dates but it would be good to find out we have something in the Metro and us citi dwellers dont have to go so far.

    8. Thanks for this tip! Β I've added the dates of the Oblation run and Caracol Fiesta of Makati. I don't plan to add the foundation day of the cities because they change due to political considerations.

    9. Preparing for the next year way way ahead huh! That’s a good thing so that we’ll know to plan in advance and “hopefully” able to travel as many as we want. I’m excited for the Ati-Atihan in Kalibo!

    10. could you possibly add foodie events like food festivals, expos etc? Bakery Fair 2011 (only every 2 years so far), will be on feb 18-20 @WTC. World Bread Day is October 16, annually.

    11. Hi Becky,Β 
      thanks for the inputs. Well, the special non-working holidays are the ones that are not sure like People Power and Ninoy Aquino. The rest should be fine.Β 
      I agree, I'm waiting when will Malacanang announce the 2011 holidays. I'll update this post on an ongoing basis.
      Anton

    12. the start and end of ramadhan cannot be determined this far in advance… and it also differs from country to country, depending on the moon…

    13. Hi Anton,
      I love your website and kudos to you for promoting (so wonderfully) the beautiful places in our country.
      I have balikbayan guests arriving in January and we would like to take them to Batanes. Fundacion Pacita looks really beautiful. Is that the best place to stay in at Batanes? Can we go around the islands from there? They can only give 3 nights/4 days for this Batanes trip. Will that be enough?
      Will appreciate your advise on this as i haven’t been to Batanes myself and my guests are entrusting me to make the arrangements.
      Chari

    14. Hi Chari
      You can email me directly. Unfortunately my Batanes guide is not yet ready but I can help you via email for now.
      Fundacion Pacita is one of the best boutique hotels in the country today! 3d/4n is actually enough. How many are they ?Β 
      Anton

    15. What happens on Bakery Fair, Kayenne? Also on World Bread Day, I saw the posters but what exactly do we get out of the World Bread Day celebration?Β 
      I like to put the Foodie events in the calendar but we would like to have the meaningful ones that can benefit the foodies in general.

    16. I love your blog. It’s great to see the positive things about the Philippines — from great places to visit to wonderful food to savor. Thanks for sharing all your useful information — especially this calendar of events. Will definitely be back to read more of your posts.

    17. Wow, really nice blog about Manila ! very informative !
      My name is Alexandra and I’m managing a meta-blog about travel and activities in South East Asia: http://www.weekend.com.sg/
      I read some of your articles carefully and your content can be really useful for my readers looking for travel, tips and activities in Manila ! Your blog is just perfect for that !
      In consequence, I decided to select your blog !
      I would like to know if you would be interested to appear on my web portal? It will increase your visibility on internet, increase your visits, and provide good information for my users.
      Send me an email at greenty.com@gmail.com and I will try to answer within 24h.
      Good job again !
      Alexandra

    18. Hi Anton,
      Great post! πŸ™‚
      What about the Fiesta Pilar of Zamboanga City which is held in October? Fiesta is on October 12 but the celebration starts October 1 with activities like a Regatta, street dancing, designing the Mascota competition, and other fun activities. This year, I was told they had a sardine festival. Trip na trip was there this year: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UGrqT0ew88.
      Thanks Anton.

    19. Anton you write well. I haven’t seen all of your blogs but I will…the feeling I get is that I’ve known you for so long. This calendar is such a big help…Hope you continue to write and I will agree it’s an awesome country, the Philippines…you’ve shown me how to use the third eye.

    20. It’s based on the Lunar Calendar so it has to be based on the sighting of the moon. Sometimes calculated or by actually moonsighting. Some follow Mecca (Saudi Arabia ) sighting (like in the Philippines) and some follow local moon sighting (like some not all in the US).
      Basically it goes back 10-11 days every year. For 2010 it was Sept.10th so more than likely it will be on August 31st for 2011 but we will surely know around the 30th of August next year hehehe, insha’allah.

    21. Hi – I love your posts! Can you perhaps do an entry on things to do during new year’s eve in Manila? Places to go, restaurants, fireworks?

    22. Hi Anton,
      Awesome! This is of great value to people in HR and those involved in employee engagement. =)
      Is there a printer-friendly version? Or are you coming up with an actual printed calendar? Maybe with a featured resto for us to try out per month with some discounts? wink wink
      Shine on!
      AyA

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