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The do's and don'ts about the Philippine flag

As the country commemorates the 121st National Flag Day on Tuesday, May 28, allow us to highlight the provisions that Filipinos should be aware of about the Philippine flag. 

It was after the Battle of Alapan in Cavite on May 28, 1898 that the Philippine flag was first waved.

During times of peace, when the flag is raised in horizontal position, the blue field of the flag should be above the red field.

When positioned vertically, the blue field must be on the left side.

Republic Act No. 8491 states that the Philippine flag "shall never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground, flood, water or other objects."

The law also states that the flag should not be used for decoration, clothing, or product design.

It is also prohibited to add any word or drawing, to destroy or make fun of the flag.

Section 14 of the Republic Act No. 8491 reads, "A flag worn out through wear and tear, shall not be thrown away. It shall be solemnly burned to avoid misuse or desecration. The flag shall be replaced immediately when it begins to show signs of wear and tear." — Jamil Santos/LA, GMA News