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    First US Flag Hoisted in the Liberated Philippines 1945.
    This is a 60" X 114" wool, 48-star US flag, with double appliqué stars and sewn stripes finished with a roped canvas header with a loop, lead-line and wooden toggle. The obverse fly edge has small weights attached indicating likely vertical display. The flag is marked: "1st used Philippine Is. Manila 30 June 45 After Japanese Lost."

    According to paperwork accompanying this flag, it was the first flag hoisted on 30 June 1945 in the Philippines after Liberation. This would allow the inference that this was in an official capacity and an event or ceremony, although exactly what event or ceremony is lost to history.
    However, the date of 30 June is observed as Filipino-Spanish Friendship Day, commemorating the Siege of Baler, when a group of Spanish soldiers garrisoned inside the town church in Baler, Aurora defended the Spanish flag from 1 July 1898 to 2 June 1899 (337 days). Out of contact with their government, they held on, even after Spain had signed the Treaty of Paris giving up the Philippines on 10 December 1898. After they surrendered, General Emilio Aguinaldo, President of the First Philippine Republic, decreed that they were to be considered "Not as prisoners of war but as friends." He further stated that "They realized an epic as glorious as the legendary valor of the son of El Cid..." This flag is an appropriate piece for a WWII, Philippine or Battle of Manila collector.

    The flag is in Good to excellent condition. The great condition of this flag has led to the speculation that the flag was made before the war and was hidden in a new and unused condition during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines, only to be brought out of hiding to celebrate the Filipino-American victory.

    This flag was formerly in the collection of Dr. Clarence Rungee, and is accompanied by his original museum inventory sheet with identifying information.

    For those who did not receive a hard copy of the auction catalog, we present here the introductory comments and history of Dr. Rungee and his remarkable collection. If you scroll further, you will also find various contemporary newspaper articles, as well as a selection of the many letters of donation and transmittal which accompanied the collection and a categorization of the collection.

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    December, 2019
    14th Saturday
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