The Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO), together with various government agencies and non-government organizations, joined the Stop and Salute Flag Raising Ceremony to commemorate the National Flag Day on May 28, 2022 at the Rizal Monument in Manila where the tallest flagpole of the Philippine Flag is standing.
The celebration, organized by the National Parks and Development Committee (NPDC) and in partnership with the Salute to A Clean Flag (STACF) Movement and the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP), commenced with a doxology and the singing of the national anthem led by the chorale group, Chorus Vocales Philippines, followed by the Panunumpa ng Katapatan sa Watawat led by PVAO Administrator, Usec. Ernesto G. Carolina.
“We continue to celebrate our heroes and modern-day heroes who continue the legacy of bringing honor to our country and defending what is right and just,” Ms. Cecile Lorenzana Romero, Executive Director of the NPDC, said as she welcomed the guests and participants to the commemoration. “Each time we stop and salute the national symbol that binds us Filipinos, we aspire for liberty, justice and equality,” she added.
Meanwhile, Ms. Divine Reyes of the STACF Movement delivered the message of Ms. Monique Pronove, founder of the Salute to a Clean Flag Movement. She called on every Filipino to remember the deeper meanings of the symbols and colors of our national flag such as justice, truth, patriotism, equality and democracy, as we embark on another journey with the new government administration.
“Let us not forget the best lessons learned from the past months – that if we combine the strength of volunteerism and the hope of unity and sincerely take them to heart – we Filipinos can all contribute to uplift this nation,” Ms. Reyes also read.
The Stop and Salute Flag Raising Ceremony is conducted in Rizal Park every month as part of the STACF’s advocacy to give proper respect and reverence to the symbol of our national sovereignty and solidarity, our Philippine National Flag. The activity aims to promote nationalism, patriotism and love for country as it gathers government employees and representatives from various sectors to honor our national flag.
The 28th of May was declared the National Flag Day of the Philippines through the issuance of Presidential Proclamation No. 374 to commemorate the first unfurling of our National Flag after the Philippine Revolutionary Army defeated the Spanish forces in the Battle of Alapan, Imus , Cavite in 1898. To commemorate this historic event, the city government of Imus and the NHCP also held a flag-raising ceremony at the Heritage Park, Alapan, II-B, Imus, Cavite. The events mark the start of the two-week countdown to the 124th Philippine Independence Day on June 12, 2022. Executive Order No. 170 was issued extending the period of the National 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.