CEBU, Philippines — In celebration of the Flag Days from May 28 to June 12, the Cebu City Cultural and Historical Affairs Commission (CHAC) encouraged households to raise and display the Philippine flag in “a place of honor” in their residences.
CHAC Commissioner Dr. Clodeveo Louie Nacorda said that the Republic Act 8491 or the Flag and Heraldic Code of the Philippines calls on government offices, business establishments, learning institutions, and private homes to display the flag, especially during the Flag Days.
“Let’s always remember what the flag stands for. Our flag represents each one of us. You and I are represented by the flag. In honoring our flag, we are honoring not just our country, but also ourselves, our history, and our future,” Nacorda said during Cebu City’s celebration of National Flag Day on Friday morning, May 28, 2021, at the Cebu City Hall.
During the celebration, the evolution of the Philippine flag was displayed, from the flag used by the Katipunan to the one unfurled during the Battle of Zapote in 1897.
CHAC also distributed small Philippine flags to guests, encouraging them to display them prominently in their homes.
Nacorda said that the 16 Flag days—from the unfurling of the flag during the Battle of Zapote to the waving of the flag by General Emilio Aguinaldo in Kawit, Cavite—give Filipinos time to look back and thank ancestors for fighting for the country’s freedom against all odds.
“This means only one thing: as long as we are united, we can do anything,” he said.