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‘Let the flag be an inspiration towards better Philippines’
by Carlito C. Dar and Lucky Lopez

NATIONAL FLAG DAY – The City government of Baguio spearheaded the National Flag Day celebrations last week with a kick off ceremonies at the Emilio Aguinaldo Shrine at the Salud Mitra Barangay. – Redjie Cawis

A kin of the first president of the Philippine republic called on Filipinos to continue working as one people and one nation in pushing the country forward.

As the nation observes National Flag Days beginning May 28, Emilio Aguinaldo Suntay III, great grandson of Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo said the flag should be a reminder of the heroism of our forefathers who fought to gain our independence from foreign conquerors.

In his keynote message during the National Flag Day program at the Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo shrine on Tuesday, Suntay said the Philippine flag has been with the Filipinos in many struggles. It is a reflection of their ideals and aspirations, and can still be the inspiration of the present generation in moving the country forward.

“The Philippine flag goes beyond politics and religion. Our heroes, our forefathers united for one cause – for the country’s independence and for bringing the country forward and ensure a better life for the Filipino people, Suntay said.

“Our flag does not only remind us of our glorious battle against the oppressing nation then, but also on how we also gain their respect on how patriotic Filipinos are,” he added.

He called on Filipinos people to “continue putting in their minds, hearts and spirits the sacrifices made by our forefathers and then look into how we can contribute or help in facing the struggles the country is facing today.”

After the program, Sungtay led the opening of a free tour of the Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo museum which houses a replica of the Philippine flag hoisted at the Aguinaldo Mansion in Kawit, Cavite.

As part of the city’s celebration of Flag Day, University of Baguio History professor Matthew Luga conducted a lecture about the origins of Philippine flag and the Flag and Heraldic Code.

On May 28, 1898 the Philippine Flag was first hoisted when Philippine revolutionary forces headed by Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo won over Spanish forces in the Battle of Alapan in Imus, Cavite. On June 12, 1898, the same flag was unfurled during the declaration of Philippine independence in Kawit, Cavite.

Evey year from May 28 to June 12, the country observes National Flag Days in honor of such historic events with prominent display of the flag in buildings, establishments, and homes. The observance is in line with Republic Act 8491 or the Flag and Heraldic Code of the Philippines.


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