Issue of June 11, 2017
Mt. Province

68th Courier Anniversary Issue
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Centennial flag becomes 119th ID centerpiece in mall
by J. Esmele and S. Yusuf

CENTERPIECE -- The replica of the first Philippine flag that was unfurled for the first time in Kawit, Cavite on June 12, 1898 by President Emilio Aguinaldo is on display at SM City Baguio. The flag, which is on display until June 17, also serves as the centerpiece of the mall chain in joining the nation’s celebration of the 119th Philippine Independence Day. -- Harley Palangchao


SM City Baguio recently unveiled the Centennial Commemorative Flag, the closest existing replica of the first Philippine Flag which was unfurled by Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo in Kawit, Cavite on June 12, 1898.

The replica is the mall’s Independence Day centerpiece.

The flag is displayed in a replica of Aguinaldo’s house in Kawit, Cavite where the general raised the original flag in proclamation of the country’s independence from Spanish colonial rule.

Emilio Aguinaldo Suntay III, great grandson of Aguinaldo, in his message during the launching, spoke of the importance of the flag and independence and in overcoming the challenges of the nation.

Suntay said that after the war between the Philippines and the United States of America broke out on Jan. 23, 1899, the Revolutionary Forces under the overall command of President Emilio Aguinaldo travelled up north with the flag through the Island of Luzon across Bulacan, Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, Pangasinan, La Union, Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte, Mountain Province, Benguet, Cagayan, and Isabela.

Aguinaldo said the first Philippine flag has writings which read “Fuerzas Expedicionarias del Norte de Luzon” (Expeditionary Forces of Northern Luzon) on one side and “Libertad, Justicia e Igualdad” (freedom, justice, and equality) on the other side.

”Our forefathers, our grandparents were all witness to this flag at one point in time,” Suntay said.

Rona Vida B. Correa, SM Baguio mall manager, said the flag highlights the value of Philippine history in these present times.

“We want to recognize that the first Philippine flag has travelled across the North and found a home here in Baguio, and we want to expose this part of our history and educate the locals of Baguio by displaying the replica, as this is not written in our history books,” she said.

The first Philippine flag which Aguinaldo raised in Kawit was made in Hong Kong by Marcela Agoncillo and brought to the country on May 10, 1898. It is kept at the Aguinaldo Museum at Happy Glen Loop.

The General Emilio Aguinaldo Foundation Inc., commissioned the University of the Philippines to examine, study, and replicate the first Philippine flag and its replica was first displayed in public during the centennial celebration of the Philippine independence in 1998. This is just the second time the replica is displayed in public.

The Independence Day centerpiece will be on display at the Atrium of SM Baguio until June 17, Correa said.

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Baguio Country Club
Department of Tourism – CAR
University of Baguio
Venus Parkview Hotel

Congressman Mark O. Go
Department of Health – CAR
Kings College of the Philippines
Lepanto Consolidated Mining Company
Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan
Narda’s Handwoven Arts & Crafts Inc.
Philex Mining Corporation
Pines City Colleges
Province of Benguet
Sangguniang Panlungsod
SM City Baguio
Social Security System

Assumption Medical Diagnostic Center
Baguio Center Mall
Baguio Central University
Baguio Heart and Lung Diagnostic Center Inc.
Baguio Memorial Chapels Incorporated
Baguio Water District
Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources – CAR
C & Triple A Supermart
Congressman Ronald M. Cosalan
Curamed Pharmacy
Data Center College of the Philippines of Baguio City Inc.
Department of Agriculture – CAR
Department of Environment and Natural Resources – CAR
Department of Trade and Industry – CAR
Department of Transportation – CAR
Easter College Incorporated
Fabulo Beauty and Image Salon
Fast East Pacific Commercial
Filipino–Japanese Friendship Association of Northern Luzon, Inc.
GMS Technology
Immigration Network Services, Inc.
La Funeraria Paz, Inc.
Mayor Romeo K. Salda
MMS Development Training Center Corporation
Mother Earth Deli Basket
National Economic & Development Authority–CAR
Overseas Workers Welfare Administration
Philippine Science High School – CARC
R.A. Gapuz Review Center
Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board – CAR
Solibao – Ganza Restaurant
Technical Education and Skills Development Authority
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