Issue of June 11, 2017
Mt. Province

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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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PWU Baguio
Technical Education & Skills Development Authority – CAR
University of Baguio

Baguio Central University
Baguio Country Club
Benguet Electric Cooperative Inc.
Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources – CAR
Congressman Ronald M. Cosalan
Department of Health – CAR
John Hay Management Corporation
National Grid Corporation of the Philippines
New Media Services
Pag–IBIG Fund
Pines City Colleges
Sangguniang Panlungsod

Assumption Medical Diagnostic Center
Baguio Center Mall
Baguio Water District
Choobi Choobi
Congressman Mark O. Go
Councilor Leandro B. Yangot Jr.
Curamed Pharmacy
Department of Environment and Natural Resources – CAR
Department of Public Works and Highways – CAR
Department of Science and Technology
Fabulo Beauty and Image Salon
Far East Pacific Commercial
Filipino–Japanese Foundation of Northern Luzon, Inc.
Ganza & Solibao Restaurants
Gen. Benjie B. Magalong
GMS Technology
Governor Crescencio C. Pacalso
Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan
Mayor Romeo K. Salda
Mother Earth Deli Basket
Nagomi Spa
Narda’s / Sunflower Ridge
Northern Luzon School for the Visually Impaired, Inc.
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Montessori, Inc.
Philex Mining Corporation
Police Regional Office – CAR
Regional Development Council – CAR and National Economic and Development Authority – CAR
Regional Tripartate Wages and Productivity Board – CAR
SN Aboitiz
Tony Boy Tabora
Veterans Bank
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