By: Teofilo Garcia, Jr.
ZAMBOANGA CITY –The City of Zamboanga will join the nation in the observance of the 121st National Flag Day on Tuesday, May 28.
A flag-raising ceremony will be held at 7 a.m. Tuesday at Plaza Rizal, spearheaded by the Knights of Columbus in coordination with the city government, to officially kick off and celebrate the Flag Day.
City Administrator Marie Angelique Go said on Monday that the observance will serve as an encouragement for residents to exercise patriotism and love for country.
“The National Flag Day will be celebrated all throughout the country on May 28 through various activities that raise awareness about patriotism,” Go said.
The National Flag Day commemorates the day when the Philippine flag was first raised after the victory in the Battle of Alapan in 1898, wherein Filipino revolutionaries led by General Emilio Aguinaldo defeated Spanish troops to recapture the province of Cavite.
The commemoration of the Flag Day was further extended with Executive Order 173, signed by former President Fidel Ramos, which sets the observance from May 28 to June 12. (PNA)