National Heroes' Day in Philippines in 2023

National Heroes' Day in Philippines in 2023
Mt. Samat Shrine, Bataan.

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2024 Philippines Mon, Aug 26 National Holiday
2023 Philippines Mon, Aug 28 National Holiday
2022 Philippines Mon, Aug 29 National Holiday
2021 Philippines Mon, Aug 30 National Holiday
2020 Philippines Mon, Aug 31 National Holiday
  Summary

Celebrated on the last Monday in August, this holiday was established to honour the efforts of all national heroes

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This regular national holiday is celebrated on the last Monday in August. It is known in the Philippines as 'Araw ng mga Bayani'.

It is a day to honour the bravery of all Filipino heroes who struggled for the nation's freedom, including those who vanished into anonymity.

Who are the National Heroes?

In 1995, a year before the centenary of the revolution against Spain, a committee produced the following list of key known National Heroes who should be honoured for their contribution to the Philippines:

  • Jose Rizal,
  • Andres Bonifacio,
  • Emilio Aguinaldo,
  • Apolinario Mabini,
  • Marcelo H. del Pilar,
  • Sultan Dipatuan Kudarat,
  • Juan Luna,
  • Melchora Aquino
  • Gabriela Silang,


Two of these heroes, Andres Bonifacio and Jose Rizal were key figures in the fight for independence from Spain that they also have specific national holidays in their honour.

The date chosen is intended to mark the 'Cry of Pugad Lawin' in August 1896, which was the first act of insurrection against the Spanish colonisers by the Katipunan, a hitherto secret Filipino revolutionary movement. This is seen as the start of the Philippine revolution and movement towards independence.

1996 was declared as the Year of Filipino Heroes to mark the centennial of the revolution against Spain.

The celebration of National Heroes Day is one of the oldest public holidays in the Philippines. In fact, it began during the American Occupation of the country. The Philippine legislature enacted Act No. 3827 on October 28th 1931 institutionalizing the celebration of National Heroes Day.

IN 187, during the administration of President Corazon C. Aquino, Executive Order No. 292, Book 1, Chapter 7, which provided for a list of regular holidays and nationwide special days, set National Heroes Day as a regular holiday to be celebrated on the last Sunday of August. 

In 2007, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo signed Republic Act No. 9492, moving the national holiday to the last Monday of August. The Arroyo administration said that moving the holiday to Monday was in line with the "holiday economics" program and promoted long weekends for citizens to engage with domestic tourism.

The day is marked by parades and the laying of wreaths to honour those who lost their lives in the pursuit of the Philippine nation.

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