Zambo observes National Flag Day PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 26 May 2014 14:01

Zamboanga City joins the observance of National Flag Day today in commemoration of the Battle of Alapan in 1898 when the first Philippine flag was first hoisted in Cavite.

Spearheaded by the Knights of Columbus or Caballeros de Colon in coordination with the Nuestra Senora La Virgen del Pilar Assembly, Pope John Paul Assembly, Mt. Carmel Assembly, Penafrancia Assembly – the fourth degree in the Philippines, the flag day activity will begin with a parade from Ledesma Street (fronting PLDT) to City Hall at 6:30am to be followed by the flag raising ceremony and program at 8am at the Rizal Park fronting City Hall.

Mayor Beng Climaco, to be represented by City Administrator Antonio Orendain Jr. will be the keynote speaker during the program.

The program will be opened by Sir Knight (SK) Efren Santos, Faithful Navigator of the St. Paul Assembly followed by the acknowledgement of the participating councils and guests and the introduction of the guest speaker by SK Jose Tan, District Master.

Orendain in his message, is expected to cite the significance of the event to the present day situation. The program will be capped by the presentation of the certificate of appreciation and closing remarks by SK Victor Liozo Jr., faithful navigator of the Nuestra Senora Virgen del Pilar Assembly.

National Flag Day commemorates the Battle of Alapan on May 28, 1898 when the national flag was first unfurled in an uprising led by General Emilio Aguinaldo in Imus, Cavite and culminates on June 12 when the Philippine flag was waved in full view of the world following the formal proclamation of independence in Kawit, Cavite.

Residents are encouraged to display the Philippine Flag in their residences, places of work, institutions of learning, public buildings and plazas. Displaying the flag will be until June 12, Independence Day.

Section 26 of Republic Act No. 8491 also known as the “Flag and Heraldic Code of the Philippines,” orders all offices and public venues to display replicas of the flag. — Sheila Covarrubias