ILOCOS NORTE -- A Philippine flag made of the Ilocano heritage fabric "abel Iloko" was hoisted in front of the Ilocos Norte Provincial Capitol on Sunday morning.
The flag was the main attraction of the province's commemoration of the 118th Philippine Independence Day.
The display of the hand-woven fabric aims to showcase the ingenuity of Ilocano loom weavers, whose craft can be traced back to the time of Spanish galleon trade.
Gracing the ceremony were local government officials, teachers, non-governmental leaders and personnel from national police, Army and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP).
World War II veterans also attended the ceremony.
Among them was 91-year old Alfredo Domingo, district commander of Veterans Federations of the Philippines-Ilocos Norte chapter.
Domingo said he considers the promise of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte to give late former President Ferdinand Marcos a hero's burial as the best present he could have for Sunday's Independence Day celebration.
The late strongman's remains have been kept in a refrigerated crypt at the family's ancestral home in Ilocos Norte since they returned to the country in 1991.
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Other highlights of the celebration include a wreath-laying ceremony at the monument of national hero Dr. Jose Rizal, and the full military honors which capped the event through 21-gun salute.