Close to June, you would probably already notice vendors selling Philippine flags in the streets. Its because June is “flag month” as the country celebrates its Independence Day every 12th of June.
Prior to June though, we celebrate “National Flag Day” every May 28. It was on the March 6, 1965, through Presidential Proclamation No. 374 that declared May 28 as National Flag Day to commemorate the date the national emblem was first unfurled after the Philippine Revolutionary Army defeated the Spanish forces in the Battle at Alapan, Imus, Cavite in 1898.
By May 23, 1994, however another Executive Order was released (No. 79) that issued the extension of the National Flag Day to Flag Days from May 28 to June 12.
It has however become customary that on the month of Philippine Independence, we proudly display our national symbol — the Philippine flag.
Cutting straight to the point, below are some of the basic and official reminders when we display the flag in our homes and offices. Many thanks to the Philippines’ Official Gazette.
Raising and lowering the flag in government offices, schools, and private institutions
Displaying the flag on buildings
Displaying the flag in times of peace and war
Below is an often mistake by many when displaying the Philippine flag vertically. Make sure that in times of peace, the blue field is on the left side.
Folding the Philippine flag properly
Let’s not forget, the Philippine flag deserves our respect at every time.