BAGUIO Mayor Benjamin Magalong has signed into law a resolution by the city council mandating the singing of the Baguio March and Baguio Hymn in all activities conducted in the city.
The resolution, authored by Councilor Fred Bagbagen, is intended to “boost one’s pride as a Baguio City resident and promote patriotism and camaraderie.”
The resolution mandates the singing of the national anthem during flag raising ceremonies, programs or functions of the City Government of Baguio and of the barangays, programs or activities initiated, sponsored, or coordinated by or with the city government, or by accredited and city-registered non-government organizations and civic orientated groups.
The songs are also to be sung for every sign-on or sign-off of all media stations, and city and tourism activities of the City Government of Baguio in any place as well as in official city gatherings or meetings outside the city.
According to the new resolution, the Baguio Hymn should be played or sung after the national anthem, while the Baguio March should be played or sung at any point during the conduct of the program or activity in question.
A 1991 resolution already mandated the singing of the Baguio Hymn during flag raising ceremonies in all public and private schools in the city immediately after the singing of the Philippine National Anthem, before the start of the regular session of the Baguio City Council; official programs, and during special activities started or sponsored by the local government.