Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Huling Parangal sa Watawat

(Wednesday, 30th day of May 2018)


Iligan City – The “Huling Parangal sa Watawat” (last respect to the National Flag), burial ceremonies was held on May 28 at the Anahaw Amphitheater in line with the celebration of the Philippine National Flag Day.

The white part of the flag symbolizes faith, purity, and peace, is held by the city mayor; the blue part is knowledge and is held by the city administrators for high political purposes and noble ideas; the red part of the flag stands for truth, courage, bravery, and heroism, and is held by the city police. A designated official, preferably a lady, signifies the “Inang Bayan” or “Motherland” and she is there to bury the flag. Her presence serves as a reminder that a woman made the first Filipino flag.

The Philippine National Flag has a rectangular design that consists of a white equilateral triangle, symbolizing liberty, equality, and fraternity; a horizontal blue stripe for peace, truth, and justice; and a horizontal red stripe for patriotism and valor. At the center of the white triangle is an eight-rayed golden sun symbolizing unity, freedom, people’s democracy, and sovereignty.  (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_the_Philippines)

Republic Act 8491 or the Flag and Heraldic Code of the Philippines stipulates that worn-out flags shall not be thrown away but shall be solemnly burned to avoid misuse or desecration. However there are also other means of retiring worn-out flags, such as burying or shredding which is believed to be more environment-friendly since flags are made of all-weather type of fabric, burning it could release fumes and toxins harmful to the environment and spectators might inhale it. And as the nation’s greatest symbol, it deserves to be disposed of with honor and utmost respect.


– –  Kristoff S. / Web-CIO