Celso:’Our flag symbolizes our patriotism, nationhood’ PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 11:01

Mayor and Congressman-elect Celso Lobregat yesterday declared “the national flag is the symbol of our patriotism, love of country and the sense of nationhood.”

“The flag embodies the aspirations and sentiments of the Filipino people in our unceasing quest for freedom and independence. Our flag can also be instrumental in raising the level of our socio-civic consciousness as Filipinos, especially among the youth,” he said during the simple rites in celebration of the National Flag Day yesterday morning at Rizal Monument in front of City Hall.

The celebration was spearheaded by the Caballeros De Colon de Zamboanga and the 4th Degree of the Nuestra Señora La Virgen Del Pilar Assembly of the Knights of Columbus.

Lobregat said the Caballeros De Colon De Zamboanga is not only an organization of the religious knights; it is also a strong advocate of patriotism and freedom, for which he thanked all the participating knights headed by Faithful Navigator Victor Liozo.

“Today, as in the past, we join the entire Filipino nation in the celebration the National Flag Day. This is in commemoration of the historic event that took place 115 years ago, to be exact on May 28, 1898, when the Philippine flag was first unfurled and received its baptism of fire and victory in the battle of Alapan, Imus, Cavite, where the Philippine Revolutionary Army led by Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo defeated the Spanish Army,” the mayor said, citing the historical significance of yesterday’s celebration.

“And, today’s National Flag Day celebration dates back to March 6, 1965, when then President Diosdado Macapagal issued Proclamation No. 375 declaring the 28th day of May of each year as Flag Day,” he said, adding that the period spanning today, May 28, and the Independence Day celebration on June 12, “is an opportune time for all of us Filipinos to collectively reflect on the significance of the National Flag.”

“During the period, we are mandated to display the National Flag in all public places, government institutions, business establishments, schools and private homes in accordance with the law governing its proper use— that is Republic Act 8491, otherwise known as The Flag and Heraldic Code of the Philippines,” he said.

“We are called upon by law and tradition to reflect on the significance of the historic events that led us to Independence. Nothing reminds us of the battles fought and won by our ancestors than the National Flag itself,” Lobregat stressed. — Vic Larato