A Complete List of Philippine Holidays in 2018

We may be more than halfway through the year but I still keep forgetting the exact dates of a number of Philippine Holidays. I’m sharing a complete list here for easy reference.

Based on Proclamation No. 269 signed by President Rodrigo Duterte last July 2017, these are the Philippine Holidays for 2018:

Regular holidays

January 12018, Monday – New Year’s Day
March 29, 2018 – Maundy Thursday
March 30, 2018 – Good Friday
April 9, 2018, Monday – Araw ng Kagitingan
May 1, 2018, Tuesday – Labor Day
June 12, 2018, Tuesday – Independence Day
June 15, 2018, Friday – Eid’l Fitr
August 21, 2018, Tuesday – Eid’l Adha
August 27, 2018, last Monday of August – National Heroes’ Day
November 30, 2018, Friday – Bonifacio Day
December 25, 2018, Tuesday – Christmas Day
December 30, 2018, Sunday – Rizal Day

Special non-working days:

February 16, 2018, Friday – Chinese New Year
February 25, 2018, Sunday – EDSA Revolution Anniversary
March 31, 2018 – Black Saturday
August 21, 2018, Tuesday – Ninoy Aquino Day
November 1, 2018, Thursday – All Saints’ Day
December 31, 2018, Monday – last day of the year

Additional special non-working holidays:

May 14, 2018, Monday – barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections
November 2, 2018, Friday
December 24, 2018, Monday

A Typing Course Available Online for Your Kid

Dance mat typing is a cool typing game and our favourite among the list of the best typing games. It is the most suitable for those who want to get acquainted with the skill of typing as soon as possible.  It is divided into 12 stages. It can be played by kids of any ages. With the help of fun characters and challenging tasks, your kid is sure to love this game! Everything is taken step by step from typing techniques to the right positioning. The levels keep getting harder as the kid progresses with the game. Rewards are also given throughout the game to serve as motivation and the kid can get a certificate too if they pass.

It is divided into five levels. The first one deals with accuracy. All the stages of this level consist of warm-up exercises which aid the performance of the kid. Kids will come across different animals which will increase to their knowledge base. They will make friends with them and help them out by typing correctly and on time. There are also various typing lessons that show up throughout the game and help in hand positioning. This is emphasized on below.

Stage 1 is inclusive of finger positioning lessons to get acquainted with home row keys. This sets the base for the kids and they keep on learning various lessons from on here. The next stage progresses to the next set of home keys and the last stage also works progressively. At the end of this level, kids are expected to learn the correct finger positioning and know the correct location for each key. If a kid passes this level, they can automatically move on to the next one.

In levels that precede the first one, kids get acquainted with more animals which come with their problems and the kid has to solve them with his improving typing skills and finally take over and be the winner. Animal guides such as Hip the Hippo will be sent to guide the kid through it and send useful tips for the correct positioning of fingers on the keyboard. This will allow the kid to type effectively and by utilizing the least amount of time.

The animal friends present in this game will be the source of guidance which kids need a lot at their young age along with never-ending confidence boost which will aid them to finish the tasks and reach their final goal. Different alphabets in home keys are taught in order until the kid recognizes the correct order to type in.  The typing games are based around two factors; accuracy and speed. Learn these two and you will master every game. Knowing the proper technique will mean that you will have no issues with fast typing in the future. In the next level, kids get acquainted with the keys their pinky and ring fingers will be dealing with and with the right amount of practice, this will be of no difficulty to the kids!

Memories of Boracay

Beginning last April 26, the Philippines’ world famous island of Boracay was shut down. For the 1st time it became out of reach to tourists, which numbered up to 2 million in 2017 alone.

Personally, I have never thought of Boracay being closed and off limits to Boracay non-residents. But well it happened. The Philippine government says that this is to rehabilitate the island.

I have been to the island only twice. Once in 2005 with my siblings and then in 2016 accompanied by a friend after I ran a training in Kalibo on culture and outreach work.

Boracay island has white powdery sand. The stretch of blue sea and sky is, of course, refreshing to a nature lover like me. Boracay reminds me really of Bohol’s own share of pristine white sand beaches and yes, blue sea and sky  which I frequently enjoyed, being born and raised in Bohol. By the way, my hubby and I visited Bohol just this May and we had the opportunity to stay at Hennan Resort in Alona, Panglao together with my siblings. That would have to be a separate blog post 🙂

Well, I look forward to seeing a beautiful and restored Boracay again after the 6-month cleanup. Hope to go back with my hubby next time 🙂