TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines- “The Philippine flag is a witness to the glorious events of our history. It is the consecrated repository of our ideals and traditions and the historic symbol of our nation as a sovereign people.”
This was the message of Philippine Information Agency 02 Regional Director Purita Licas during this city’s celebration in honor of the Philippines’ flag on Monday, May 28.
Licas encouraged all Filipinos to respect and honor the Filipino flag, the symbol of the nation’s freedom.
Licas noted that respecting the national flag is taught as a basic lesson in elementary schools, yet not a lot of people “really know why we are respecting our flag.”
The regional director said it is every Filipinos’ duty to promote and value our rich history and culture, and all that symbolizes our flag, to everyone especially to the younger generation.
She also said the flag “deserves to be treated with solemnity and dignity” because it has encountered the “most significant events in the Filipino’s struggle for freedom.”
“Dito pumapasok ang tungkulin ng ating mga guro, ng ating mga alagad ng sining, ng ating mga pinuno ng ating mga mamamayang nagkaroon ng pagkakataong makapag-aral. Tungkulin nating ipaintindi sa ating mga kababayan lalung-lalo na sa mga kabataan ang halaga ng paggunita na tuluyang pagbuo ng ating pagiging Pilipino,” Licas said.
Flag Day marks the beginning of the two-week-long celebration in honor of the country’s flag which culminates on June 12, Independence Day. This year marks the 120th year of existence of the nation’s flag.
The City Government of Tuguegarao and the Cagayan Media Informers Club (IClub) led by PIA spearheaded the event.
Some 400 participants from different government agencies in the region attended the fun run and flag raising ceremony.
Knowing the value of the past, Licas said, would help Filipinos understand the origins and development of the nation’s situation today.
“Indeed the values of the past will decide and actually will dictate upon us the direction of the future. By coming together this time across all sectors of society we can fully celebrate the journey that has brought us here and the direction we will take forward,” Licas said.
Licas also said Filipinos should always be reminded of how our heroes fought for every Filipino to be able to gain our independence.
“The flag reminds us that we must uphold the values they cherish and pass on to us as their legacy to the generations that followed and up to the present time,” she added.
Licas hopes all Filipinos would take heart the meaning of revering the flag which brought us our own identity.
“We see the country’s core principles in our national flag and I know that we remain true to those values today which send powerful message to the world that we Filipinos are united and our country’s leadership is determined to build the best possible future for all of us who live here,” Licas said.
“We therefore encourage everyone to display the Philippine flag in our offices, agencies, and other government instruments, business establishments, schools and private homes, starting today until June 12 and even beyond as long as we want our flag displayed to honor the sacrifices of our heroes for our hard-earned freedom. This is also a fitting respect and affection for our national flag, the symbol of our sovereignty and solidarity,” she added.
Meanwhile, Sherwin Bariuan of the city government’s Information Office expressed Mayor Jefferson Soriano’s message of honoring the flag and the meaningful symbols that go along with it.
Bariuan said the symbols of the flag represent a “free” Filipino who is free to fight for his or her rights.
“Mahalaga po na alamin natin kung ano nga ba ang kasaysayan ng pakikibaka ng ating mga ninuno ng ating mga lolo’t lola nang panahong sila ay nasa digmaan,” Bariuan said.
“Marami na po ang mga Pilipino ngayon lalong lalo na ang mga millenials natin na hindi gaanong nalalaman ang kahalagahan,” he added.
Bariuan added that the city government will continue to support all activities and legislation that promote the significance of the Philippine flag. Northernforum.net