Is April 1 a holiday in the Philippines?: Holiday List for 2022

is april 1 a holiday in the philippines

April 1 is a popular day as it is known for the April Fool’s Day celebration. However, on the National Holidays of 2022, April 1 is not on the list. Therefore, it is not a holiday.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte declared in 2021 the official holidays for the year 2022.

There are a total of 19 declared holidays on the day the president signed Proclamation 1236 with a declaration of 10 regular holidays, two special working days, and six special non-working days. The signing date of the proclamation was October 29, 2021.

See proclamation below:



The regular holidays in the country include:

  • New Year’s Day (January 1)
  • Araw ng Kagitingan (April 9)
  • Maundy Thursday (April 14)
  • Good Friday (April 15)
  • Labor Day (May 1)
  • Independence Day (June 12)
  • National Heroes Day (August 20)
  • Bonifacio Day (November 30)
  • Christmas Day (December 25); and
  • Rizal Day (December 30)

The three special working holidays on the calendar are:

  • All Souls’ Day (November 2)
  • Christmas Eve (December 24); and
  • New Year’s Eve (December 31)

Meanwhile, the special non-working days include,

  • Chinese New Year (February 1)
  • EDSA People Power Revolution anniversary (February 25)
  • Black Saturday (April 16)
  • Ninoy Aquino Day (August 21)
  • All Saints’ Day (November 1); and
  • Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary (December 8)

President Duterte also declared that Eid’l Fit’r and Eid’l Adha are national holidays. The official dates for the two national holidays are May 3 (Eid’l Fit’r) and July 10 (Eid’l Adha).




April Fool’s Day is a day with a tradition that includes telling practical jokes and doing pranks. Most people often say April Fool’s at the end of their jokes to let people know that it was an April Fool’s Day prank.

Despite not being on the holiday list, people still celebrate the starting day of April.

How do Filipinos celebrate April Fool’s Day?

April Fool’s Day is not generally celebrated in the Philippines. Western countries such as the USA is the most well-known to fill April 1 with pranks, as often seen in their media.

Pranks, like in the movies or shows, are also not very common in the country. That’s why April Fool’s Day is not that popular. However, the younger generation, who are more exposed to Western culture, opens the possibility of April Fool’s Day celebrations in form of pranks.




We may see these pranks on social media, such as Facebook or Tiktok.

So, do you have a prank ready yet for April Fool’s? – WhatALife!


Also Read: List of Holidays in April 2022

Jeraiza is a writer of Syntactics Inc. in Cagayan de Oro City. She writes for all sorts of topic to provide the right information and to keep the readers updated with the trends. A fan of all things classic, a typical bookworm with books gathering dust, and a fiction writer on weekends.

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