Addressing CSF-LGU officials and employees, teachers, students, and members of the private sectors, Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa’ Santiago underlined the heroism of some Filipino people who fought for the country’s freedom as the City Government of San Fernando joined the nation in the observance of the National Flag Day in May 28 at the City Hall.
“Sa tuwing nakikita natin ang ating Pambansang Watawat, marapat lang na alalahanin natin ang katapangan ng mga Pilipinong bayani at martir na nakipaglaban para makamit ang kalayaan sa bansa,” said Santiago.
THE SYMBOL OF THE FILIPINO. Bro. Aldin Mari of Pampanga Masonic Lodge No. 48 leads the Pagpupugay sa Watawat (Tribute to the Flag) during CSF’s National Flag Day commemoration in May 28 at the City Hall.
According to him, one hundred and twenty (120) years since the country’s victory against the Spanish troops in the Battle of Alapan in Imus, Cavite in May 28, 1898, where the flag was first unfurled, Filipinos have been embracing the culture of freedom that taught them to fight for their rights.
“Ang mga karapatan na tinatamasa natin ngayon ay bunga ng mga batas at regulasyon na malayang na-implementa sa bansa nang walang panghuhusga at panghihimasok mula sa ibang lahi. Dahil iyan sa pagmamalasakit ng ating mga bayani para sa Pilipinas mahigit isang siglo na ang nakakalipas. Nagpakahirap sila para sa maitaas ang watawat ng Pilipinas,” Santiago added.
In his concluding statement, Santiago urged CSF-LGU officials and employees to be like heroes by wholeheartedly serving the needs of Fernandinos and by providing them their rights as citizens.
Parts of program were the Entrance of Colors-Flags of the Revolution (Pagpasok ng mga Kulay) led by the Central Luzon College of Science and Technology (CELTECH) Cadet Corps and Tribute to the Flag (Pagpupugay sa Watawat) which was led by Pampanga Masonic Lodge No. 48 Bro. Aldin Mari.
While, the Ceremonial Distribution of Flags (Seremonyal na Pamamahagi sa mga Watawat) was participated by Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa’ Santiago, Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, City Councilors Nelson Lingat and Reden Halili, OIC-City Administrator Engr. Mike Quizon, Jr., Department of Education (DepEd) officials, CSF barangay officials, school principals, and Masonic Lodges.
The City Government of San Fernando partnered with the Pyestang Fernandino Executive Committee 2018 in spearheading the commemoration of the National Flag Day this year as a prelude to the Independence Day celebration.
The committee advised all Fernandinos to display the Philippine Flag in government and private offices, schools, establishments, and homes starting on May 28 until June 12.