On this day, May 28, in 1898, the Battle of Alapan in Imus, Cavite ensued between the Philippine Revolutionary Army and the Spanish troops led by Leopoldo Garcia Peña. Outnumbered and short on ammunition, the Spanish troops surrendered.
They were brought to the Teatro Caviteño at Cavite Nuevo where the prisoners were presented to Emilio Aguinaldo, leader of the revolutionary forces. It was here that Aguinaldo first unfurled and hoisted the Philippine flag.
It was also Aguinaldo’s first victory after being exiled in Hong Kong due to the Pact of Biak-na-Bato. It is celebrated today until June 12 as Flag Days.
The Philippine flag was first unfurled and hoisted by Emilio Aguinaldo in front of captured Spanish soldiers at the Teatro Caviteno in Cavite Nuevo following the Filipino victory during the “Battle of Alapan in Imus, Cavite”.Today, May 28 to June 12 are celebrated as flag days.
The Flag and Heraldic Code declared May 28 to June 12 of each year as Flag Days, during which period all government offices, business establishments, schools, and residences are enjoined to display the flag.
In honor of those who gave up their lives for flag and country, the DFA reaffirms its commitment to defend the national interest and serve the Filipino wherever they are in the world.
The DFA joins the nation in the observance of the Flag Days from 28 May to 12 June 2019.
It is on this day in 1898 that the national flag was unfurled for the first time after Filipino revolutionaries defeated Spanish forces in Imus, Cavite.