Filipino Calendar 2013

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Filipino Calendar 2013

In two words, the Philippines is like ‘halo-halo’ (literally, mix-mix). It is a country of aboriginal people, intermarriage with the Malay, the Chinese, and during the long Spanish occupation, the ‘mestizos’ (mixed). In the south, of course, Arab influence can still be felt in Mindanao. But the most radical influence came from the Americans. It is this hodgepodge of influences that make up the Filipino calendar 2013.


Bagong Taon

New Year – Just like any western-influenced country, the Philippine New Year is celebrated with aplomb. The traditional bamboo cannon was replaced by firecrackers when the Chinese arrived. This is to drive away bad sprits that are inauspicious in welcoming the New Year. Pyrotechnics are done on the eve of December 31. Families gather together as the clock strikes midnight to share ‘media noche’ or night dinner.

Monday to Tuesday, 31 December 2012 to 1 January 2013


Chinese New Year – The Filipinos have traded with the Chinese long before the Spanish ‘discovered’ the Philippines. This resulted to intermarriages that have bred ‘tsinoys’ (a combination of Tsino and Pinoy, slang terms for Chinese and Filipino ethnicities) and Chinese celebrations in the Filipino calendar 2013.

Thursday, 24 January 2013


Araw ng mga Puso

Valentine’s Day – The concept of Valentine’s Day was no doubt brought about by the Americans. On this day, lovers of all length of engagements flock together in ‘plazas’ or town squares for one big celebrations, or go out to dinner for more privacy and romance.

Thursday, 14 February 2013


Biyernes Santo

Good Friday – The Filipinos are 95% Catholic, so any religious event is bound to be a national holiday. This is the day when Christ was nailed and died on the cross. Some devout Filipinos take this day of agony, literally. At night, Catholics flock to the church to kiss the toes of the icon of the dead Christ, a ter known as ‘dalaw.’

Friday 29 March 2013


Linggo ng Pagkabuhay

Easter Sunday – ‘Salubong’ is when Mary and Jesus, after rising from the dead, meet. A mass then ensues.

Sunday, 31 March 2013


Araw ng Kagitingan

Day of Valor – This is the day that memorializes the bravery of Filipino fighters during World War II.

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Araw ng Kalayaan

Independence Day – This is the day when Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo, then president of the Republic, read the Declaration of Independence from Mother Spain on June 12, 1898.

Wednesday, 12 June 2013


Araw na Manggagawa

Labor Day – Philippines has an abundance of skilled talents, but it equally has an ocean of blue collar workers that are celebrated and honored on this day.

Wednesday, 1 May 2013


Eid ul-Fitr

End of Ramadan – Mindanao is a large portion of the Philippines in the south, and out of respect to the Filipinos’ Muslim brothers, this holiday was instituted, albeit only in recent years.

Monday, 20 August 2013


Araw ni Ninoy

Ninoy Aquino Day – This is the day that memorializes the assassination of the Philippine senator and father of the incumbent president, Sen. Benigno ‘Ninoy’ Aquino.

Wednesday, 21 August 2012


Araw ng mga Bayani

National Heroes’ Day – This is the day that celebrates all past and present national heroes of the country, in particular, the overseas Filipino workers who are considered the modern heroes of the economy.

Monday, 26 August 2013


Undas/Araw ng mga Patay

All Souls’ Day – This is the day that Filipino families visit and clean the tombs of their departed, light candles, offer prayers and food.

Friday, 1 November 2013


Kaarawan ni Andres Bonifacio

Bonifacio Day – This day celebrates the birthday of the Filipino hero in the Spanish revolution, Andres Bonifacio. Militants consider him the rightful hero because he represented the masses.

Saturday, 30 November 2013



Christmas Day – Just like all other countries in the Christendom, Christmas here is celebrated with toys, decorations, gifts, sumptuous dinners and family reunions. Masses remind the faithful the real meaning behind Christmas, and that is the coming of the savior.

Wednesday, 25 December 2013


Anibersaryo ng Pagkamatay ni Rizal

Rizal Day – This day in the Filipino calendar 2013 commemorates the heroic deeds of Jose Rizal, and his death by firing squad in Luneta Park.

Monday, 30 December 2013


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