Thursday, May 28, 2009

Bring out your Philippine flags! It's National Flag Day 2009!

Hunyo 12 by Claude Tayag (1989 Fiestas Serigraph Series)
It's National Flag Day 2009 today! After reminding Filipinos about the proper way to sing the Philippine National Anthem, it's time to talk about our foremost national symbol, the Philippine flag, and the proper way of displaying it. When was the last time you displayed the Philippine flag outside your home? According to Section 7 of RA 8491 - An Act Prescribing the Code of the National Flag, Anthem, Motto, Coat-of-Arms and other Heraldic Items and Devices of the Philippines:

"SECTION 7. The flag shall also be displayed in private buildings and residences or raised in the open on flag-staffs in front of said buildings every April 9 (Araw ng Kagitingan); May 1 (Labor Day); May 28 (National Flag Day) to June 12 (Independence Day); last Sunday of August (National Heroes Day); November 30 (Bonifacio Day); and December 30 (Rizal Day); and on such other days as may be declared by the President and/or local chief executives."

May 28, 1898 was the day the Philippine flag was first unfurled near the port of Cavite Nuevo after the victory at the Battle of Alapan, where the Philippine Revolutionary Army lead by Aguinaldo defeated the Spanish Army. This day is recognized today as National Flag Day.

As one Filipino nation, let us display the Philippine flag outside our homes and offices from May 28 (National Flag Day) to June 12 (Independence Day)! For the proper display of the flag, please read RA 8491.

The painting above is one of my favorites from Claude Tayag's Fiestas serigraph series. It's called Hunyo 12. In fact, I have one displayed in my room.


  1. Berniemack Arellano III28.5.09

    Its Watawat Festival here in Imus.,..

  2. Berniemack Arellano III28.5.09

    Pakulo ni Mayor Maliksi "celebrating" the first flag raising in Alapan Imus...launchingg din ng bagong plaza ng Imus...too bad sira cam ko..argh!

  3. Festival on the Philippine flag? Hmmm... the proper term should be commemoration of the Battle of Alapan. Creating a festival out of the flag, in my opinion, makes the flag a commodity.

  4. Berniemack Arellano III28.5.09

    Sorry its "Wagayway Festival." this was for last year:

  5. That sounds worse! I still think it should not be called a festival. And Flag Capital of the Philippines? Oh c'mon! Let's call a spade a spade, it's the site of the first unfurling of the Philippine flag.

  6. Berniemack Arellano III28.5.09

    Hahaha!!! I dunno about Malikso but I don't see him acting with Imus' chronic problem....traffic. Sorry if I'm vocal about this because its been years and nothing has been happening in Imus...its even declining, IMO.

  7. Berniemack Arellano III28.5.09

    I even asked why "Flag Capital?" Was it there that the Philippine flag was even sown and created? Come here in Imus starting today to see what's going on...if you have patience with Cavite's worsening traffic, LOLS!

  8. Berniemack Arellano III28.5.09

    Its in Kawit...not in Alapan, hahahaha!!! This is what I like about historiography...

  9. Poor Imus, trying hard to make a claim to fame. Why does it have to try hard? There is so much to be proud of. Let's get rid of all those titles and motherhood statements that cloud the real reason the town should be proud. And that's the Battle of Alapan.

  10. Berniemack Arellano III28.5.09

    Wait for 2010, hehehe...I have a hunch there is a change of "liderato" here...but I'll be silent about this for now since sometimes politics and pride can distort historiography...

  11. Congratulations on a fine Blog, Ivan! I've added it to my blogroll and look forward to your future posts.

  12. Anonymous1.6.09

    It seems like I'm the only Imuseno here. Well I also too am intruiged about it too. But that's history(?). But I am still protesting against the 2nd renovation of our Old TOWN PLAZA. They should have restored it on what it looked like before, the one without trellises, Jose Rizal and the trees, they should have fixed Licerio Topacio, the Fountain, the terrace and the pathways. It does not match the old Municipal hall and the old Cathedral. SHAME ON YOU MALIKSI!! YOU CORRUPT POLITICIAN!!!! AND TO YOU, WHAT IF I CALL YOUR TOWNS LOSERS EH? WILL YOU BE HAPPY ABOUT IT!!!???

  13. My Philippine flag is hanging on our terrace all year round. I'm in Sweden by the way!

  14. Anonymous11.6.11

    Well, our current mayor, Homer Saquilayan, ceased to celebrate that stupid WAGAYWAY festival, it's just a waste of money if you ask me, the town plaza sucks as well.

    About the town plaza, it was once branded as the MOST BEAUTIFUL PLAZA IN THE PHILIPPINES. Sadly it was renovated in 1991 by Manny Maliksi's Father, AYong, who was mayor at that time.

    This is how the plaza looked like before: , the video also features the demise of this place, a great LOSS of Imus' HERITAGE.


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