ZC joins observance of National Flag Day PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 28 May 2011 15:56

Zamboanga City today joins in the observance of National Flag Day which marks the day when the Philippine flag was first unfurled after the Philippine Revolutionary Army headed by Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo defeated the Spanish forces in the Battle of Alapan in Cavite on May 18, 1898.

City caretaker Antonio Orendain Jr. will represent Mayor Celso Lobregat (who is in Manila) as keynote speaker during a program that will be held at the Rizal Monument fronting City Hall at 7am today.

Organized by the Caballeros de Colon de Zamboanga (Knights of Columbus) and the 4th Degree of the Nuestra Señora Virgen del Pilar Assembly in cooperation with the city government, the observance will kick off with a parade from the Metropolitan Cathedral and will culminate at the Rizal Monument fronting City Hall for the program.

The declaration of the National Flag Day is by virtue of Republic Act 8491 otherwise known as the Flag and Heraldic Code of the Philippines.

Under this Act, all offices, agencies and instrumentalities of government, business establishments, schools and private homes are enjoined to display the Philippine flag from May 28 to June 12, which is observed as the National Independence Day.

The program at the Rizal Monument today will begin with the flag raising ceremony to be led by Orendain and Knights of Columbus officials.

Jose Tan Jr., faithful navigator of the Nuestra Senora La Virgen del Pilar Assembly will give the opening remarks while Pedro Rodriguez Jr., Vice Supreme Master of the Philippines will give the inspirational message.

Andriano Navato, faithful admiral will introduce the guest of speaker while Efren Cahoy, faithful navigator of the Pope John Paul II Assembly will deliver the closing remarks. Vic Liozo Jr. will be the master of ceremony.

According to historical records, one hundred thirteen years ago, “Gen. Aguinaldo unfurled the Philippine flag at the Teatro Caviteno in Cavite Nuevo (now Cavite City) on May 28 before victorious Filipino revolutionists and more than 270 captured Spanish marines. A large group of officers and men of the U.S. Asiatic Squadron under Admiral George Dewey witnessed the unfurling ceremony.” — Sheila Covarrubias