Beng cites symbolism of Philippine flag PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 30 May 2016 12:02

Mayor Beng Climaco early Saturday morning joined the Knights of Columbus in a symbolic flag raising ceremony in observance of national flag day commemorating the battle of Alapan on May 28, 1898 when the Philippine revolutionary army led by Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo defeated the Spanish forces.

In her message during a program that succeeded the flag raising rite, Mayor Climaco highlighted the significance of the event saying it reaffirms the people’s love for country and the commitment to stay united under one flag, one nation, one Zamboanga City.

She said the Philippine flag which remained hoisted in front of City Hall for over 23 days during the 2013 siege, was the uniting force for Zamboanguenos.

“We made sure that only one flag will be flown in Zamboanga- that is the Philippine flag. There might be other flags we want to raise but always and avoce that we will only have one flag flown in City Hall and that is the Philippine flag that symbolizes our independence, our patriotism and our unity,” the mayor emphasized.

The chief executive thanked the Nuestra Señora Virgen del Pilar Assembly (Fourth Degree in the Philippines) in cooperation with the Caballeros de Colon de Zamboanga Inc. (Knights of Columbus) for spearheading the activity for so many years now in accordance with a presidential directive designating May 28 as National Flag day.

Aside from marking the Battle of Alapan, May 28 is also the first time when the Philippine national flag was hoisted in Teatro Caviteno in Cavite City in 1898.

The flag day celebration last Saturday kicked off with a parade by Knights of Columbus members from Mayor Jaldon Street to the Rizal Monument fronting City Hall where the flag raising rite and brief program followed.

Meanwhile the mayor reiterated her call for all instrumentalities and agencies- government and private, including vehicles to display the flags from May 28 to June 12 in solidarity with the nationwide observance of National Flag Day to commemorate the date the national symbol was first unfurled on Philippine soil. — Sheila Covarrubias