Bonifacio Day in Philippines in 2025

Bonifacio Day in Philippines in 2025
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2025 Philippines Sun, Nov 30 National Holiday
2023 Philippines Mon, Nov 27 National Holiday
2022 Philippines Wed, Nov 30 National Holiday
2021 Philippines Tue, Nov 30 National Holiday
2020 Philippines Mon, Nov 30 National Holiday

Known in the Philippines as 'Araw ng Kapanganakan ni Bonifacio', this day commemorates the birth of Andrés Bonifacio on November 30th 1863

When is Bonifacio Day?

This holiday is traditionally celebrated annually on November 30th. 

From 2023, by virtue of Proclamation 90, signed by President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. in November 2022, the birth of Andres Bonifacio as a legal holiday will be moved to the Monday nearest November 30th, pursuant to what officials described as “holiday economics.”

“There is a need to adjust these holidays (regular and special non-working days) pursuant to the principle of holiday economics wherein a longer weekend will help encourage domestic travel and increase tourism expenditures in the country,” the proclamation read.

Known in the Philippines as 'Araw ng Kapanganakan ni Bonifacio', this day commemorates the birth of Andrés Bonifacio on 30 November 1863. He was the founder of the Katipunan, a secret society that instigated the Philippine Revolution of 1896.

History of Bonifacio Day

Bonifacio was a Filipino nationalist and revolutionary and is considered a national hero. He is often called 'the father of the Philippine Revolution'.

In 1892, Bonifacio was a founder of a secret society called the "Kataas-taasang, Kagalang-galangang Katipunan ng mga Anak ng Bayan" (commonly known as "Katipunan") that grew into an armed movement that instigated attacks on the Spanish colonial rulers. Bonifacio became the commander in chief of the revolutionary army of the Katipunan.

The leadership of the Katipunan became fractured and rival factions vied for control. Emilio Aguinaldo eventually took control of the forces.

At a meeting known as the Tejeros convention, a vote was taken to decide who would be president after the overthrow of the Spanish. Aguinaldo won, with Bonifacio coming second. Bonifacio rejected the result saying the voting had been rigged and became a rebel leader within a revolutionary government.

This led to his arrest by Aguinaldo, his trial and subsequent execution on May 10th 1897.

As the Katipunan had it's own constitution and was in control of the Philippines before the creation of the first government, many have argued that Bonifacio should be remembered as the first president of the Philippines and not Aguinaldo.

Bonifacio is remembered on his birthday, rather than the date of his death (as in the case of the main national hero, José Rizal) as he was executed by the Filipino revolutionary government and not by the Spanish.

How is Bonifacio Day Celebrated?

This is a national holiday meaning anyone who does work on this day is still entitled to pay.

Schools and most businesses will closed for the day, but shops remain open. Some people may take the time to mark Bonifacio's legacy by visiting monuments dedicated to Bonifacio.

November 30th was first declared as Bonifacio Day through Philippine Legislature Act No. 2946. It was signed by then-Governor General Francis Burton Harrison in 1921.

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