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2:27 PM February 28, 2014

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2:27 PM February 28, 2014

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Representative Rene Relampagos of Bohol first district has proposed a bill known as House Bill 3926 (Philippine National Symbols Act of 2014)  which seeks recognition to officially declare the country’s national symbols including “adobo” as Philippines national food.

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Rep. Rene Relampagos, the chairman of the House Committee on Tourism has p(–foul word(s) removed–)ed the amendment to provide recognition and declaration for Philippines national symbols which represent the nation, history and culture of Filipinos.

“In the Philippines, there are around twenty national symbols being taught in school. However, of these symbols, only ten are official, that is with basis either in the Constitution, Republic Acts and Proclamations,” Rep. Relampagos quoted in a statement.

The high-profiled lawyer considered the unofficial symbols as “blatantly colorums” after no basis of declaration occurred. The lawmaker even cited other unofficial symbols in the country including the national hero, animal, fruit, costume, fish and among others.

The house bill also seeks to re-declare other symbols which aims to develop nationalism and improve tourism and with the aid of these symbols which will help preserve the Filipino culture, values and history.

Meanwhile here are the following which will be declared or re-declared as Philippines’ national symbol under the proposed House Bill 3926:

  • Jose Rizal – national hero
  • Philippine Peso – national currency
  • Great Seal – national seal
  • Manila – national capital
  • Malacañan Palace – national seat of government
  • Filipino – national language
  • Lupang Hinirang – national anthem
  • Arnis – national martial arts and sport
  • Cariñosa – national dance
  • Philippine monkey-eating eagle – national bird
  • Carabao – national animal
  • Bangus – national fish
  • Narra – national tree
  • Philippine Pearl – national gem
  • Sampaguita – national flower
  • Anahaw – national leaf
  • Mango – national fruit
  • Adobo – national food
  • Bakya – national slippers
  • Bahay Kubo – national house
  • Jeepney – national vehicle
  • Bayan Ko – national song
  • Maka-Diyos, Maka-tao, Makakalikasan at Makabansa – national motto


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