Top Things To Do During Philippines Public Holidays
The Philippines is a popular tourist destination. This can be seen from the tourism statistics in 2010 where as much as 3,520,471 visitors came to see what this beautiful country all had to offer.
Last year the amount of visitors increased in that 3.9 million people came to this country.
Tourism is one of the main sources of income for people from the Philippines. It is interesting to note that a lot more visitors frequent the Philippines during their public holiday period.
Here is a quick breakdown of the public holidays in the Philippines during 2012/2013:
New Year’s Day – 01 Jan 2012 (Sunday)/ 01 Jan 2013 (Tuesday)
Chinese Lunar New Year – 23 & 24 Jan 2012
People Power Day – 25 February 2013
Maundy Thursday – 5 April 2012 / 28 March 2013
Good Friday – 6 April 2012 / 29 March 2013
Black Saturday – 7 April 2012
Day of Valor – 9 April 2012 / 8 April 2013
Labor Day – 1 May 2012 / 1 May 2013
Independence Day – 12 June 2012 / 10 June 2013
Eid’l Fitr (End of Ramadan) – 19 Aug 2012 / 9 Aug 2013
Aquino Day – 21 Aug 2012 / 10 Aug 2013
National Heroes Day – 27 Aug 2012 / 26 Aug 2013
Eid’l Adha – 26 Oct 2012 / 15 Oct 2013
All Saints Day – 1 Nov 2012 / 1 Nov 2013
Additional Public Holiday – 2 Nov 2012
Bonifacio Day – 30 Nov 2012 / 2 Dec 2013
Additional Public Holiday – 24 Dec 2012
Christmas Day – 25 Dec 2012 / 25 Dec 2013
Rizal Day – 30 Dec 2012
New Year’s Eve – 31 Dec 2012 / 31 Dec 2013
From the preceding holiday list it can be seen that there are lots of opportunities
during 2012 for holiday makers to pay a visit to some of the tourist destinations in the
Philippines. It is best to take a closer look at some of these.
Top Tourists Attractions in the Philippines
Tourists will be excited to explore all the marvelous tourist destinations that the
Philippines are offering them. Let us take a closer look at some of them.
The Chocolate Hills, Bohol Philippines
The hills look like giant mole hills that are covered in grass, and appear to be chocolaty
during the drier seasons. It is a very popular tourist attraction. Most people cannot
believe that they are miracles of nature and not made by man. The Chocolate Hills are
between 30 to 50 meters high.
According to legend, the hills came to be, due to two giants who threw stones at one
another that lasted for days on end. They made friends in the end, left the island and
left the Chocolate Hills behind as evidence of their quarrel.
Historians and people who appreciate older 19th century Spanish buildings need to
make a stop at Casa Manila to experience this complete treasure. Tourists coming here
will love the well kept furniture of the 1800s that is Asian inspired to give them a sneak
peak of the past.
Visitors will be intrigued by the fact that the Coconut Palace in the Cultural Center
Complex Manila is 70% constructed from the materials of the coconut tree. It cost the
builders just over $10 million dollars to construct this palace. It is said to consist of
seven suites that are named after the different regions in the Philippines.
Interestingly, the Pangasinan Room features bed covers made from pineapple fibers.
The Coconut Palace is very popular and visitors need to book well in advance in order to
enjoy spectacular sceneries from here. Visitors may also take a walk through the Cultural
Center to view it from the outside and admire the remarkable architectural beauty of it.
Why not make your plans now and become part of the excitement during some of the
Philippines Public Holidays.