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Official List : 2013 Philippine Holidays and Long Weekends

It’s 4 months before 2013 and as early as now, many hotels and airline companies, including Cebu Pacific, Zest Air, AirPhil Express, AirAsia and Philippine Airlines, that are offering seat sale promos for next year. I’ve actually booked flights for November on during Cebu Pacific’s piso promo. So, for many people like us who love to plan ahead, it’s good to know in advance the official list of 2013 Philippine Holidays.
These 2013 Philippine Public Holidays were announced by the Malacanang Palace through Proclamation No. 459. I’ll keep the list updated as special holidays are announced.

Official List of 2013 Philippine Public Holidays

A. Regular Holidays

  • January 1 (Tuesday) – New Year’s Day
  • March 28 – Maundy Thursday
  • March 29 – Good Friday
  • April 9 (Tuesday) – Araw ng Kagitingan
  • May 1 (Wednesday) – Labor Day
  • June 12 (Wednesday) – Independence Day
  • August 26 (Last Monday of August) – National Heroes Day
  • November 30 (Saturday) – Bonifacio Day
  • December 25 (Wednesday) – Christmas Day
  • December 30 (Monday) – Rizal Day


B. Special (Non-Working) Days

  • March 30 – Black Saturday
  • August 21 (Wednesday) – Ninoy Aquino Day
  • November 1 (Friday) – All Saints Day
  • Additional special (non-working) days:
    • November 2 (Saturday) – All Souls Day
    • December 24 (Tuesday) – Christmas Eve
    • December 31 (Tuesday) – New Year’s Eve


C. Special Holiday (for all schools)

  • February 25 (Monday) – EDSA Revolution Anniversary

Islamic Holidays

For our Muslim countrymen, section 2 of the proclamation is for them:
SECTION 2. The proclamations declaring national holidays for the observance of Eid’l Fitr and Eidul Adha shall hereafter be issued after the approximate dates of the Islamic holidays have been determined in accordance with the Islamic calendar (Hijra) or the lunar calendar, or upon Islamic astronomical calculations, whichever is possible or convenient. To this end, the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) shall inform the Office of the President on which day the holiday shall fall.
Once I have the dates, I’ll update this list.

Long Weekends for 2013

For sure, you’re interested in finding out about long weekends for 2013. It’s the best time to go on a long vacation with family and friends para di bitin. 😉
  • Holy Week – March 28-31, 2013
  • National Heroes Day – August 24-26, 2013
  • All Saints’ Day – November 1-3, 2013
  • Rizal Day and New Year – December 28, 2013 – January 1, 2014
I’ll keep this list updated as soon as I get the official special holidays for the 2013 Elections and if they’re going to announce the Chinese New Year as a holiday too.
See the complete details on Presidential Proclamation 459 on the government’s official site or download the PDF.

Quick and Pretty Easter Cards

Though I have a knack for designing my very own personalized greeting cards, I have to admit, it does take more time than usual because most of the time, I get tons of ideas for the design and I end up changing the layout or template more than I should. I end up using a generic card that I’ll hate afterwards. Discovering the beautiful art of digital scrapbooking made it even harder for me because I can’t decide on what elements I should use and I end up over-designing a supposedly simple, but elegant card. Thank goodness there are sites like Minted.com to calm my creative side.

Since it’s the Lenten season, let’s take for instance the Easter Cards designs they have available on their online store. I love the simplicity of their designs. But, don’t get me wrong. I love how they laid out all the elements to give you an eye-catching, unique design to make your card-giving more pleasing, even for the recipients. i would personally keep them if I received one of these cards.

Happy Easter card preview

I was checking out their catalogue of cards for Easter and was delighted by how cute the designs were. I checked out the preview of a layout I loved and I find it very convenient that everything I needed to know about how the end-result or actual card will look like is all laid out there for me to inspect. I can even change the color of some of the elements if I wanted, including the envelopes that’ll come with them.

Personalize your card, first step

When you hit the Personalize button, you’ll be given choices on what paper you want the card to be printed. There’s a corresponding charge or additional price in case you preferred something else other than their signature paper.

On the next pages, you’d be prompted with the elements of the design you can change. And, then, the most important part, replacing the photo used on the card. You can either get it from your Photo Box or upload a new one. Afterwards, you can edit the text and the design for the envelopes. I tested it out and everything was easy and quick. No Photoshop or design application skills required at all.

Sample personalized Easter card from Minted.com

Among all the designs I loved, these 2 are my favorites:

My favorite Easter card designs

Lovely designs, right? Check out their website for more designs to choose from, whatever the occasion may be. No muss, no fuss. 🙂

2011 Thanksgiving Day 3 : I’m Alive!

I’m supposed to complete a 9-day Thanksgiving series of posts, but I wasn’t able to write anything for the past week. So, expect a bulk of new writings in the next days. I’ll just sum all my posts up afterwards. 🙂

Thank you for LIFE

When was the last time you stopped and thanked God for being alive?

With our busy lives and countless priorities and distractions, I know how easy it is to forget to be thankful we’re alive. And I know a lot of us, especially my fellow Filipinos, recently prayed and thanked God for being alive today after seeing the destruction and all the lives that were lost from typhoon Sendong. But, do we really need a drastic reminder like this to know how lucky we are to still be here?

It’s one of the things I’ve learned this year: I should be thankful for my life by living it to the fullest. I know I haven’t really done anything to do that, but I know that it includes doing what I love and following my heart, an integral part of reaching the path towards my purpose in life.

After we were spared from typhoon Pedring, I often think about what else I need to accomplish to make me and my loved ones happy. I still have my bucket list to fulfill. And I haven’t done anything major to give back or help my fellowmen. So, I don’t think I really have done anything yet to truly say I have lived.

I know the world ending in 2012 sounds like all crazy talk, but seeing what has been happening lately all over the world, it’s scary to think that we may be getting there. It might not happen next year, but eventually, I believe our world, as we know it, will end if we don’t act on saving our planet now.

For 2012 and from here on out, I vow to live my life and do things that I know will fulfill me emotionally, mentally and spiritually. I vow to thank God for being alive by sharing a little bit of myself with others in any way I can. And I vow to keep all negativity away and focus on things that I know will make me smile and keep me inspired to look forward to tomorrow.

Too Late for Christmas Shopping?

It’s almost Christmas and I haven’t done any of my gift shopping yet. We were supposed to go to Divisoria, but because of unforeseen circumstances, we had to cancel our planned Divi shopping this week. Next week, I don’t think I’d have time to go there too because my dad might be scheduled for eye surgery already and he’ll need our utmost care and attention.

This is why I’m now resorting to online shopping. Well, I haven’t really bought anything yet for my loved ones ‘cause I’ve sort of purchased some things for myself first. Hahaha. I know, I know. But, hey, I’ve bought a ton of stuff for Ken for his cooking and baking needs from Chocolate Lover. I already know what my nanay wants – the same makeup palette I got from Props Cosmetics & Tools (photo below) and a couple of lippies. Yeah, we now share the love for makeup. 🙂

My new makeup palette I can’t wait to come up with various looks using this palette. Lotsa colors! ^_^

For my dad, not sure yet what to buy for him. He usually loves receiving caps or hats to add to his collection (oh boy, he’s got tons!).

Now, for my closest friends, I’m thinking of buying vouchers for them from different restaurants and group-buying sites. I know they’ll definitely enjoy that, but of course, I’ve got to make sure the location of the resto will be accessible to them too. I’m just waiting for deals that I know they’d enjoy and will be all worth it.

Times like this, I miss having a corporate job. No, not because I don’t have enough money to buy my loved ones gifts. I’ve known them long enough to realize they don’t really need anything expensive like jewelry, signature clothing, or gadgets. I know the thought alone will make them smile. 🙂 But, of course, let’s be honest, a new camera or a white gold hoop pair of earrings won’t hurt. Okay, that’s just 2 things on my wish list. ^_^

I miss waiting for my 13th month pay and giving almost all of it to my mom. I miss Christmas shopping with colleagues or the exchange gift activities. Now, since I work online and at home with my own business, it usually is harder to get together with my friends because they’re all at work before, during and after the holidays. But, I’m hoping we’d all find time to celebrate the holidays together before 2012. Let’s see. 🙂

I’m off to shopping with my bro today. We MIGHT start up a holiday short-term business here at home and so we’d need to prepare for it. Wish us luck! 🙂

A Year Older… Now What?

31.

Ugh. Just hearing that number now makes me nauseous. Call it over-reacting or whatever you want, but I feel so old today.

Some people may say that I’m too young to even feel this way towards being 31 years old. I can’t really pinpoint the reason why, but I guess I never thought I’d be where I am now by this age.

Two decades ago, during a late night drinking session with friends, someone asked me where I see myself when I’m 30. I said I’d probably have at least one kid. No, I didn’t say I’d probably be married or very successful in my chosen field. All I expected was to be a mother when I finally hit my 30s.

Now, I’m single and no baby on the way. And I’m actually okay with the former since I chose to be single, but it’s the latter that’s kept me thinking. As much as I’d like to elaborate on that, I guess it’s better to keep the details confidential for now. Only my best friends know the story behind this.

Wait, don’t get me wrong. I am happy with where I am now. I said HAPPY, not satisfied. Why? Because I know I still have a ton of things I can accomplish in my lifetime. What’s keeping me from fulfilling my dreams, my bucket list? One word – procrastination.

My bro kids me, saying I have ADHD ’cause I can’t keep my mind set to finishing one task first before moving on to another. But, I am well aware of what’s happening, so I call it me procrastinating.

For the past years, I let my life continue on, barely making any changes that would impact my future or the path I’m leading. I’ve always said I’ll live one day at a time. That might work for some people, but not with me. It hasn’t worked for the past two decades, so I doubt it’ll work for the coming years.

Today, on the first day of my 31st year on Earth, I vow to make my life more meaningful. I vow to surround myself with people who truly love me, who are happy when I’m around, who make me oh-so grateful to know I have them in my life, who shower me with positive vibes when I’m on my lowest low.

I vow to spend more time with my nanay. Though I consider us close, I haven’t really spent any real bonding moment with her. So, this is the first thing on my list.

I vow to continue doing what truly makes me happy and what I genuinely love. I have to keep myself happy. And eventually, I want to be satisfied at the same time.

When my time comes and I have to pass on to the next life, I want people to look back at the times they spent with me and smile. Not because I travelled the world, or was very successful in life, but because they believed that I spent the last years of my life appreciating every second of my existence.

Thank you to everyone who greeted me on Facebook, through texts and even emails.

Thank you to all my friends who made my 31st birthday special by coming over to our home and celebrating with my family.

My high school best friends May and Jaan My high school best friends May and Jaan (tell Martin it was nice to finally meet him!).

My long-time friends Mhon and Erap My long-time friends Mhon and Erap – salamat sa di pang-indyan! ^_^

My dearest friends May, Saji and her partner Buena My dearest friends May (take 2), Saji and her partner Buena.

Thank you, bro, Kenneth, for preparing all the delicious dishes from last night. I know you were complaining, but I can see naman you were happy to do it kahit papano. *LOL*

Thank you, Nanay, for putting up with me and sacrificing so much of your life for our family. I hope and pray I get to show you how much I truly love and appreciate everything you’ve done for us.

And thank You, Lord, for keeping me grounded… for showering me with blessings, especially during those times that I’m in need… for keeping my family together no matter how stormy it’s been the past months… for every success, failure, hardship, joy, and pain I’ve experienced in the past 31 years for they all molded me to who I am now… for all the friends who I know truly care for me in spite of all my imperfections… for those times when You remind me I have so much to be thankful for… THANK YOU.

It was indeed a HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME after all. 🙂