116 years ago, on May 28, 1898, the Filipino Revolutionary Army fought against the Spaniards in a barrio called Alapan.
It was in this triumphant battle, now called the Battle of Alapan, that the Philippine flag was first unfurled.
Later, on June 12, 1898, the same flag was formally presented to the people at Emilio Aguinaldo’s residence in Kawit, Cavite.
The Battle of Alapan is now commemorated as the Flag Day when President Diosdado Macapagal issued Proclamation No. 374, 1965.
In 1994, President Fidel Ramos issued Executive Order No. 179 that extends the Flag Day from May 28 to June 12.
All Filipinos are encouraged to display the Philippine flag in all offices, agencies, and instruments of government, business establishments, schools, and private homes throughout this period.
Though our country is faced with seemingly insurmountable difficulties, let us not forget that nationalism still binds us as one.
Wherever we are in the world, though China is bullying us, and the pork barrel scam may take years to conclude, let us altogether raise the Philippine flag and wave it with honor and pride.
The Philippine flag is not a mere symbol that we see on the flagpole everyday, it is a symbol that makes us Filipinos.
This happens only a few days a year, let us celebrate the Flag Days as one nation.