The National Flag Days, celebrated annually from May 28 to June 12 to commemorate the dates when the Philippine Revolutionary Army defeated the Spanish forces in the Battle at Alapan, Imus, Cavite in 1898. It was originally held only on May 28 but was extended until June 12 in consonance with the Philippine Independence Day by virtue of Executive Order No. 179 on May 23, 1994.
The embroidery skills of women in creating revolutionary flags and banners have greatly contributed to the successful overthrowing of Spanish colonizers. The flags made by women became the source of inspiration for the men in the frontlines of the battlefield.
“We honor the men and women of the Philippine Revolution whose bravery and patriotism have brought us to freedom from Spanish colonizers. A respectful look at the past guides us in successfully moving forward to the future,” 53IB Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Jo-ar Herrera said.
The 53IB encourages everyone to display a Philippine flag in their house as a symbol of Filipino unity, love of country and national pride. PHOTOS | Matapat Troopers honor the Philippine National Flag during the Zamboanga del Sur’s Philippine Independence Day celebrations on June 12, 2020, in Pagadian City.