Oldest Philippine flag rotting to shreds

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BAGUIO CITY: Heirs of the late President Emilio Aguinaldo are struggling to preserve the oldest Philippine flag, now 115 years old; they are also reminding Filipinos to cherish the values of the flag.

At the National Flag Day rites at the Emilio Aguinaldo Shrine here last week, Emilio Aguinaldo Suntay 3rd, a great grandson of the country’s first president, called for respect of the Philippine flag amid incursions in Philippine territory—“probably the best time for Filipinos to internalize the message of patriotism and nationalism symbolized by the flag.

“Every moment that we show these flags is a moment shed out of its lifetime but this is choice that we risk to only instill the symbolism and values of the flag and the patriotism and nationalism in our hearts then we can be assured that the flag will last for as long as the Filipinos race lasts,” Suntay said as he lamented that the oldest Philippine flag and the other flags in their safekeeping are slowly deteriorating.

“The country’s oldest flag and another flag hoisted by Gregorio Del Pilar only have less than 50 years left before they crumble into pieces,” he said.

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