Flag Days hoped to rekindle Filipino's love for country
Tacloban City (May 29) -- The period from May 28 to June 12 of each year is declared as Flag Days to awaken or rather reawaken the good citizen in every Filipino, possessing values such as love of country, respect for the Flag and elders, patriotism, nationalism.
During this period, all offices, agencies and instrumentalities of government, business establishments, institutions of learning and private home are enjoined to display the flag.
More so, this is a good opportunity to remind each and every Filipino that the Philippine flag is the symbol of sovereignty and unity among the Filipino people, reverence and respect for the Flag and the National Anthem is therefore, called for.
The National Historical Institute has issued guidelines on the proper use of and allegiance to the Philippine Flag, with several prohibitions.
Canned music, for one, is banned during flag ceremonies or programs. The use of tattered or badly faced flags in all schools and offices, is also prohibited.
Filipinos are admonished never to mutilate, deface, or trample the flag. Also prohibited are such acts as using the flag as a drapery, table cloth, covering for wall, among others.
The flag must not also be worn as a costume or uniform; neither must the flag be printed or attached on handkerchiefs, napkins or as display of any advertisement or info commercial.
Perhaps it is also good to be reminded that at the moment the first note of the anthem is heard during a flag ceremony, everyone in the premises shall come to attention; moving vehicles must stop.
All persons present shall place their right palms over their chests, those with hats shall uncover; while those in military, scouting security guard and citizens military training uniforms shall give the salute prescribed by their regulations.
It would be good to re-read Republic Act No. 8491 known as the "Flag and Heraldic Code of the Philippines," which provides that reverence and respect shall at all times be accorded the flag, the anthem, and other national symbols which embody the national ideals and traditions and which express the principles of sovereignty and national solidarity.
Everything one needs to know on according reverence and respect to the Flag is contained there.
Perhaps the most important thing to remember is that the Philippine Flag is the symbol of the country's freedom and independence. Each and every Filipino must ensure that it continues to fly up there, free to move and dance as it is kissed by the blowing wind. (PIA 8) [top]