Zambo joins Nat’l Flag Day PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 28 May 2015 10:24

Zamboanga City joins the nation today, May 28, in the observance of Flag Day marking 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.

Mayor Beng Climaco will keynote the program that will be held at 7am at the Rizal Monument fronting City Hall.

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 PLDT in Mayor Jaldon Street towards City Hall.

The ceremony will start with a prayer and the flag raising ceremony. SK Alvin Tahir, Faithful Navigator, NSVDP Assembly will give the opening remarks; SK Jose Tan Jr., Mindanao State Warden will give the inspirational  message while SK Nelson Basa, District Deputy Z-02 will introduce the guest speaker.

SK Efren Santos, faithful navigator of St. John Paul Assembly will present the certificate of commendation and appreciation to Mayor Climaco, the guest of honor and speaker and also give the closing  remarks.

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.

According to historical records, 117 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