Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 1) – An organization spearheaded the lighting of the Philippine flag made from 3,000 solar lights at Luneta Park as the country commemorates the 157th birth anniversary of national hero Andres Bonifacio on Monday.
A Liter of Light founder Illac Diaz emphasized the solar-lighted Philippine flag pays tribute to all Filipino COVID-19 frontliners who continue to serve the nation and other countries. It also lauds the sacrifices of those who risked their lives in the performance of their duty.
The name of a Filipino frontliner was inscribed in each bottle with a solar light immortalizing all their sacrifices in protecting people from the coronavirus.
“Our humanitarian mission in export around the world was at the frontlines in this COVID-19 pandemic where we suffered greatly and so we wanted to commemorate it. We wanted to humanize it by making each frontliner have a name on this light,” Diaz told CNN Philippines’ Rico Hizon.
Diaz added they chose Luneta Park as the location of lighting because of its historical significance. They sought to focus on the many lives that were sacrificed for the sake of protecting the nation.
“We did not want 2020 to disappear without commemorating them. We have you know world leaders commemorating but we have to own it, we have to name it,” he explained. “The world must see the contribution of Filipinos to the world, the world stopped in this darkness.”
Diaz also shared that solar lights used in creating the Philippine flag will be donated to far-flung communities in the country which don’t have adequate electricity supply access.