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Saturday, July 20, 2019

Philippines to mark Flag Days

MALACAÑANG urged Monday the Filipinos to learn more about the Philippine flags as the country commemorates the Flag Days starting Tuesday.

In a statement she read during the press briefing, deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said that the government will publish an infographic regarding the Philippine flag on the Official Gazette in commemoration of Flag Days from May 28 to June 12.

"Tomorrow, we mark the 115th anniversary of the first time the Philippine flag — in its original form, as sewn by Filipino expatriates in Hong Kong — was used as the revolutionary standard during the Battle of Alapan, Cavite," she said.

"It also marks the beginning of Flag Days, mandated by Republic Act 8491 or the Flag and Heraldic Code of the Philippines, that designates May 28(anniversary of the Battle of Alapan) to June 12 (Independence Day) every year as a period when the display of the Philippine flag — the Sun and Stars — in homes, government buildings, and private establishments is encouraged," she noted.

In commemoration of this annual observance, Valte said the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office (PCDSPO) is publishing a series of features on the development of the flag, the country’s coat of arms, as well as other historical flags of the Philippines on the Presidential Museum and Library website.

"We enjoin our countrymen to learn more about our flags and take pride in this unifying symbol of our nationhood and our collective aspirations," Valte said.

Valte also announced that the PCDSPO has published a comprehensive historical briefer on the storied Mansion House in Baguio in celebration of May as National Heritage Month.

"From its beginnings as a summer retreat for American Governors-General and venue for diplomatic activities, the Mansion House now serves as the official residence of the Chief Executive in the country’s summer capital," Valte said.

"Integrating memoirs and official documents from the American period through World War II and the contemporary era, the briefer celebrates the legacy of one of Baguio’s most prominent landmarks as a contribution to the yearlong commemoration of Philippine heritage and history, spearheaded by the National Commission on Culture and the Arts," she added. (SDR/Sunnex)

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