Independence commemoration: Unfurling our unity PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 03 June 2015 08:38

Displayed on the fronts of buildings and edifices from May 28 to June 12, the tri-colored emblem of the Philippines does not solely function as the staring point of Filipinos when the sound of the National Anthem is heard.

In this week of the year, the Philippine National Flag functions as the storybook of struggles and victories that our nation has endured to be able to parade this sign of freedom. It demonstrates the proud history that every Filipino should speak out with genuine confidence. It sets to be the statue of independence that our ancestors have fought and provided for this generation to celebrate and commemorate.

Different cities across the nation conducted the National Flag Day displaying their patriotism like Imus in Cavite where the Philippine flag was first waved after the revolutionaries claimed freedom against the Spaniards. Zamboanga City, faced with issues regarding the inclusion in the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) showed their loyalty towards the country by participating in the event. Philippine flags were seen displayed on the façade of the Zamboanga City Hall. Different business establishments also took part as they hung miniature flags on their edifices.

The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) passed a memorandum requiring every institution, both public and private, to post the Philippine’s flags on the fronts of their offices. Executive Order No. 179, s. 1994 by President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III stated that  Section 1, Article XVI of the 1987 Constitution provides that the National Flag should be consecrated and honored by the people and recognized by law; the period spanning the commemoration of the historic Flag Day on May 28 and the Independence Day on June 12, are opportune time for all Filipinos to collectively reflect on the significance of the National Flag, in the light of the forthcoming centennial celebration of the Philippine Independence in 1998. (Dave Cervas, Gillian Romero, Bianca Zamora-PJ Interns City Hall PIO