2002 in the Philippines details events of note that happened in the Philippines in the year 2002.
- February 26 – Former Pres. Estrada admits signing ₱500 million Jose Velarde bank account in Equitable-PCI Bank.
- March 6 – The sixth most powerful earthquake of the year, the Mindanao earthquake strikes near the Cotabato Trench and registered a magnitude of 7.5.
- May 31 – Hostage crisis in Philtranco Bus Terminal in Malibay, Pasay occurs at dawn which lasted for two hours and ended with the death of both the 4-year-old boy, Dexter Balala, and the drugged knife-wielder, Diomedes Talbo. The young victim was stabbed 13 times by the suspect while the police tried to conduct a rescue attempt, which then failed. The policemen shot the suspect, however, they also hit the boy five times including one bullet which pierced his heart.
- June 7 – A rescue operation for the remaining Abu Sayyaf captives, held since 2001, is launched by the Special Forces of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in an area in Zamboanga del Norte; with a gun battle resulting in the deaths of Martin Burnham and Ediborah Yap; only Gracia Burnham survived.
- June 18–19 – At least 16 members of the Philippine Benevolent Missionaries Association, as well as two from the government forces, die in an overnight clash with combined forces who has raided the Ecleo family mansion in San Jose, then part of Surigao del Norte, in their attempt to arrest the cult leader Ruben Jr. A fugitive accused in few murder cases, Ecleo surrenders on the 19th.
- June 21 – Leader of the extremist Abu Sayyaf, Abu Sabaya, is killed by soldiers of the Philippine Army.
- July 15 – Synchronized Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections are held for the first time in the Philippines upon effect of Republic Act No. 9164 which was approved on March 19, 2002, by the 12th Congress of the Philippines.
- August 21–22 – Abu Sayyaf kidnaps six Filipino members of a Christian group, two of them later beheaded.
- October 2 – A bomb blasts in front of a Malagutay district karaoke bar near a military arms depot in Zamboanga City killed an American Green Beret commando and three Filipino civilians. At least 25 other people, one of them another American trooper, are wounded in the blast.
- October 17 – Two TNT bombs explode around noon inside a shopping centre in the commercial district of Zamboanga City, when the mall was most busy, killing at least seven and wounding about 150 people. Two department stores are destroyed in the attack.
- October 18 – All establishments and offices across the country inspect for bomb scares.
- October 21 – A Philippine Marine guarding the church is killed and 18 others were wounded after a bomb, placed in bag left at a candle store, exploded at Fort Pilar, a Catholic shrine in Zamboanga City.
As per Executive Order No. 292, chapter 7 section 26, the following are regular holidays and special days, approved on July 25, 1987. The EDSA Revolution Anniversary is proclaimed this year as a special non-working holiday. On November 13, Republic Act No. 9177 declares Eidul Fitr as a regular holiday. Note that in the list, holidays in bold are "regular holidays" and those in italics are "nationwide special days".
- January 1 – New Year's Day
- February 25 – EDSA Revolution Anniversary
- March 28 – Maundy Thursday
- March 29 – Good Friday
- April 9 – Araw ng Kagitingan (Bataan and Corregidor Day)
- May 1 – Labor Day
- June 12 – Independence Day
- August 25 – National Heroes Day
- November 1 – All Saints Day
- November 30 – Bonifacio Day
- December 5 – Eidul Fitr
- December 25 – Christmas Day
- December 30 – Rizal Day
- December 31 – Last Day of the Year
In addition, several other places observe local holidays, such as the foundation of their town. These are also "special days."
- May 26 – The Purefoods TJ Hotdogs pulls off a rare seven-game sweep after outclassing Alaska Aces, 91–76, in the 2002 PBA Governors' Cup Finals at the Araneta Coliseum
- September 20 – The Red Bull Thunder seals their second championship title in the 2002 PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals against the Talk 'N Text Phone Pals in 4 games.
- September 29–October 14 – The Philippines participates in the 2002 Asian Games held in Busan, South Korea. The country ranks 18th with three gold medals, seven silver medals and 16 bronze medals with a total of 26 over-all medals.
- October 5 – University Athletic Association of the Philippines men's division finals: The Ateneo Blue Eagles defeats the De La Salle Green Archers to end their 4-year title streak and the school wins their first title in 14 years back in 1988.
- December 25 – Coca Cola Tigers wins their 1st PBA title with a 3–1 series victory over the Alaska Aces as history was made on Christmas Day with the Tigers becoming the first team to win a championship in their very first season.
- January 8 – Andi Abaya, actress
- January 28 – Janine Berdin, actress and singer
- February 22 – Roseanne Magan, singer and actress
- February 28 – Ylona Garcia, actress and singer
- March 16 – Franchesca Salcedo, actress
- April 5 – Golden Cañedo, singer
- April 9 – SAB, singer-songwriter
- April 21 – Carl and Clarence Aguirre, conjoined twins
- April 29 – Karina Bautista, actress and housemate
- May 3 – KD Estrada, actor and singer
- May 11 – Kai Sotto, basketball player
- May 15 – Shanaia Gomez, actress
- May 16 – Shayne Sava, actress
- May 16 – Angela Ken, singer-songwriter and actress
- June 10 – Belle Mariano, actress
- July 9 – Seth Fedelin, actor
- July 18 – Ogie Escanilla, actor and dancer
- August 6 – Bailey May, actor and singer
- August 16 – Reiven Umali, Tawag ng Tanghalan Season 5 grand champion
- August 31 – Gabb Skribikin, member of MNL48
- September 3:
- September 17 – Will Ashley, actor
- September 24 – Vince Crisostomo, actor
- October 6 – Dale Baldillo, Filipino child actor and model
- November 23 – Allen Ansay, actor
- November 26 – Coleen Trinidad, member of MNL48
- December 13 – AC Bonifacio, dancer, singer and actress
- January 8 – Fely Franquelli, Filipino dancer, choreographer, and actress (b. 1916)
- March 29 – Rico Yan, Filipino matinee idol, model and actor (b. 1975)
- March 31 – Lucio San Pedro, Filipino composer and teacher (b. 1913)
- April 2 – Levi Celerio, Filipino composer and lyricist. (b. 1910)
- April 4 – Jack Tanuan, basketball player (b. 1965)
- June 21 – Abu Sabaya, Abu Sayyaf leader and extremist in Mindanao (b. 1962)
- July 22 – Sumilang Bernardo, former Solicitors in the Office of the Solicitor General (b. 1909)
- August 1 – Francisco Arcellana, Filipino writer, poet, essayist, critic, journalist and teacher (b. 1916)
- September 1 – Martin Urra, Filipino basketball player (b. 1931)
- September 22 – Paco Gorospe, Filipino painter (b. 1939)
- October 22 – Nonoy Marcelo, Filipino cartoonist (b. 1939)
- November 1 – Eduardo Decena, Filipino basketball player (b. 1926)
- November 18 – Zaldy Zshornack, Filipino actor. (b. 1937)
- December 3 – Santiago Bose, mixed-media artist (b. 1949)
- Rafael Barretto, Filipino basketball player (b. 1931)
- "Magnitude 7 and Greater Earthquakes in 2002". United States Geological Survey. December 1, 2003. Archived from the original on February 18, 2012. Retrieved March 4, 2012.
- Alquitran, Non; Dizon, Nikko (June 3, 2002). "Cops who fired guns in bungled hostage drama face dismissal". The Philippine Star. Philstar Global. Retrieved August 24, 2016.
- Dizon, Nikko (June 1, 2002). "Cops bungle hostage crisis". The Philippine Star. Philstar Global. Retrieved August 24, 2016.
- Dizon, Nikko (May 31, 2003). "Lessons from a hostage tragedy". The Philippine Star. Philstar Global. Retrieved August 24, 2016.
- Vanzi, Sol Jose (2002). "GMA DEFENDS PNP'S INVOLVEMENT IN PASAY HOSTAGE TRAGEDY". www.newsflash.org. PHILIPPINE HEADLINE NEWS ONLINE. Retrieved August 24, 2016.
- —"Philippine cult leader surrenders after bloody clash" People's Daily Online. 06-19-2002.
—"Ecleo faces more charges" Philstar.com. 06-21-2002.
All were retrieved 02-28-2022.
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- "Pentagon Names Soldier Killed in Bomb Blast" Los Angeles Times. 10-04-2002. Retrieved 04-01-2022.
- "Church attacked in Philippines city". BBC News. October 20, 2002. Retrieved March 23, 2010.
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- "AN ACT DECLARING THE FIRST DAY OF SHAWWAL, THE TENTH MONTH OF THE ISLAMIC CALENDAR, A NATIONAL HOLIDAY FOR THE OBSERVANCE OF EIDUL FITR, AND THE TENTH DAY OF ZHUL HIJJA, THE TWELFTH MONTH OF THE ISLAMIC CALENDAR, A REGIONAL HOLIDAY IN THE AUTONOMOUS REGION IN MUSLIM MINDANAO (ARMM) FOR THE OBSERVANCE OF EIDUL ADHA, AMENDING FOR THE PURPOSE SECTION 26, CHAPTER 7 OF EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 292, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS THE ADMINISTRATIVE CODE OF 1987, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES". Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines. November 13, 2002. Archived from the original on October 1, 2017. Retrieved February 22, 2022.
- 2002 Asian Games medal tally Archived February 7, 2009, at the Wayback Machine