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!

Great is His Faithfulness

We are on the 7th month of the year – more than half-way of 2018!

Some things have turned out the way we wanted them to be and even better. Some also did not turn out so well. And so we become fretful, frustrated, disappointed and even hurt.

Well, it is good to remember that there are new mercies, new opportunities from our God each morning.

And so we can continue to move forward this year with hope, joy and peace that no one can take away.

The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. Lamentations 3:22-23 New Living Translation

It is because of the Lord’s lovingkindnesses that we are not consumed,
Because His [tender] compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great and beyond measure is Your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23 Amplified Bible

Sometimes It Doesn’t Last Forever

Most people we know, if not all, get married with hope that they will stay committed to this person they are exchanging vows with.

They can tell us their wonderful love stories: how they met, what drew them to each other, how one of them started to pursue the other romantically or how they just realized one day that this was the person for them and then they have beautiful weddings. Weddings that were supposed to be entry doors to a lifetime together of love, joy, peace. But then somehow, a few months or years after they walk past that door they find themselves heading towards the end of their marriage. And now the challenge is: how does one End a Marriage Peacefully?

The reasons for a marriage ending in separation or divorce are varied. Infidelity can be one reason. Major disagreements in handling finance, rearing children and even relating with in-laws can lead the path towards the end of a marriage. Some would simply label the cause as irreconcilable differences. But sometimes there are some horrid stories behind the breakdown of a marriage.

One of my friends had to end her marriage because she found out that her husband was abusive a few months into their marriage. But as she did not want to disappoint her parents, she held on to the marriage. In the meantime, as the months passed into years, the verbal and physical abuse got worse. What I personally found terrible in her situation was that her husband was a different man in front of other people: he was smart, kind, generous. There seemed to be no sign that he was treating my friend badly. What finally convinced my friend to leave him was when it came to a point when he threatened her life.

Another friend of mine thought she found the love to last a lifetime in the man she married. But years into the marriage and now with three young children, her husband got hooked into drugs. Their once happy marriage and family was now filled with psychological and physical abuse. My friend decided to end the marriage when she found out that her husband has been stealing money from her and from the children just to satisfy his addiction and when she confronted him about it, he threatened her life.

The stories I mentioned above belong to the painful and heartbreaking reasons for ending a marriage. And I see the scenarios above as sound basis for ending a marriage. One can not stay in a marriage where even your life is threatened by the person who once vowed to love you and care for you. And yet even in the above situations, I believe one can still strive to end it peacefully. That would be for the sake of the children and even for the sake of what you once had together. After all, you were both in love with each other at one point in your life.

Personally, as a person with a degree in Psychology and who believes in the sanctity of marriage, I wish every couple would go into counseling first before they get married. They can see a psychologist or their church leader or even an older couple that they know and trust and whose marriage they admire. It helps a lot, I think, when a couple go through premarital counseling to help them prepare themselves for marriage.

Then again if a marriage has to end, may it be that both partners can still agree to end it all peacefully.