2006 in the Philippines

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2006 in the Philippines
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  • January 27 - Marine Captain Nicanor Faeldon, who escaped from the Philippine Army headquarters on December 14, was recaptured by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). Faeldon and other junior officers of the AFP launched the Oakwood mutiny on July 27, 2003, where they demanded President Arroyo and then Defense secretary Angelo Reyes to resign.


Southern Leyte mudslide


  • March 10 - The Department of the Interior and Local Government orders barangays to conduct barangay assemblies for the adoption of a new constitution.


  • April 25 - The Supreme Court ruled that a part of the government policy of Calibrated Pre-Emptive Response as unconstitutional.


Typhoon Caloy over the Philippines
  • May 11 - Typhoon Caloy (international name: Typhoon Chanchu) made landfall on Samar. On the next day, it made landfall on Mindoro. Caloy caused the deaths of 41 and $1.9 million in damages.
  • May 18 - Mountaineer Leo Oracion reached the summit of Mount Everest via the Nepalese side, becoming the first Filipino to do so, although another mountaineer, Dale Abenojar claimed that he reached the summit first via the Tibetan side, on May 15.


  • June 3 - The deaths of three Philippines soldiers by the communist New People's Army is confirmed. The ambush by NPA guerrillas took place on Wednesday in Balbalan, Kalinga. The NPA also says two more government soldiers were killed and four were wounded in another attack on Wednesday on an army outpost in Pinukpok town, but the government could not confirm this. (AFP)
  • June 8 - U.S. Navy investigators who looked into rape allegations against four marines in the Philippines are barred by the U.S. embassy from testifying in the trial of the four. The plaintiff's attorney characterised the move as a "clear attempt on the part of the US government, to keep us from getting the evidence that we need and from showing the court the truth." (AFP)
  • June 13 - A group calling itself Taong Bayan at Kawal, or Masses and Soldiers, claims for an early-morning bomb blast at a police headquarters in Manila, as well as earlier blasts at Manila office building on June 6, an explosion outside the home of an ally of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo last week and two simultaneous bomb blasts in police stations on June 11. The group denies it was behind a bombing in Lipa City that injured nine people on June 11. (AFP)


  • July 14 - Mayon Volcano in Albay spews out lava and ash. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology raised the alert level from level 1 to level 3, prompting evacuations.
  • July 15 - The Professional Regulation Commission admitted that there was a leakage of test questions in the June 2006 Nurses Licensure Examination


  • August 7 - Mayon Volcano intensifies its volcanic activity, leading the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology to raise the alert level from level 3 to level 4, which prompted mandatory evacuation procedures.


Typhoon Milenyo (Xangsane) shortly before landfall on Samar Island.



Super typhoon Reming over Bicol.
Marianne Puglia (Miss Earth Fire 2006), Hil Hernández (Miss Earth 2006), Amruta Patki (Miss Earth Air 2006), Catherine Untalan (Miss Earth Water 2006)


The Cebu International Convention Center, the venue of the 12th ASEAN Summit.
  • December 13 - The National Disaster Coordinating Council revised the death tolls for Typhoon Reming, with 720 dead, 2,360 injured and 762 missing persons. (ReliefWeb)
  • December 30 - Convicted American serviceman Lance Corporal Daniel Smith was freed from a Makati jail late evening Friday and transferred to the US Embassy on orders of the Philippine government.[1]


The UST crowd on the UAAP championship game.
The San Beda Little Indians during their halftime presentation at the seniors' basketball finals.


National holidays[edit]

The celebration of the holidays may be moved due to President Arroyo's "holiday economics" policy.

Holidays in italics are "special days", while those in regular type are "regular holidays".

In addition, several other places observe local holidays, such as the foundation of their town. These are also "special days".