Councilor Carlos “Caloy” Castañeda, a member of the 12th City Council of Manila, filed a resolution last 18 May 2023, calling for a zealous observance of the National Flag Day.
In sponsoring the resolution, the author referred to the existing Resolution 105, Series of 2021, which encourages Manila residents to wave or display the Philippine flag in public places where it can easily be viewed. It also cited Proclamation 374 dated 16 March 1965, which declared 28 May of every year as National Flag Day, as well as Executive Order 79, Series of 1994, which extended the observance thereof to 15 days, i.e., 28 May to 12 June yearly.
During floor deliberations, Council members extensively discussed the need to encourage the city’s residents, especially business owners, to display the Philippine flag in their homes, cars, and business establishments, in order to show their sense of patriotism and loyalty to the flag.
The resolution was widely accepted by the Council, approving it right after deliberations.
The first Philippine flag was first unfurled on 28 May 1898, after the Philippine Revolutionary Army defeated the Spanish forces in the Battle at Alapan in Imus, Cavite. It was formally presented to the public on 12 June 1898, on the occasion of the proclamation of Philippine independence.