Filipinos encouraged to learn and follow the Philippines’ Heraldic Code

A descendant of Jose Rizal emphasized the importance of having a greater awareness of the Heraldic Code of the Philippines during the celebration of National Flag Day at Rizal Park in Manila.

Tess Herbosa, speaking to reporters, stated that understanding and following the code is essential in properly honoring the national flag. She noted that many offices and private homes display torn and tattered flags, urging Filipinos to replace flags when they become dirty and be knowledgeable about the correct way to dispose of old ones.

As part of the Salute to a Clean Flag movement, Herbosa, serving as flag ambassador, stressed that the Philippine flag should be treated with respect due to the nation’s history of fighting for independence linked to it. The movement, a non-political private sector-led initiative, aims to reignite interest and affection for the country by prominently displaying the Philippine flag.

Herbosa also advocated for the inclusion of education about the Heraldic Code in elementary school curriculum to ensure that younger generations stay connected to national heroes. Reflecting on this year’s National Flag Day, she highlighted the flag’s role in promoting national unity and pride.

In a separate event, around 200 individuals from various private sector organizations came together to celebrate National Flag Day. The flag-raising ceremony occurred in front of the Smart-Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, with participants from over 30 companies and organizations showing solidarity. The event commemorated the unfurling of the Philippine flag after Filipino revolutionaries defeated Spanish troops in the Battle of Alapan in Imus, Cavite on May 28, 1898.

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