#274 Philippine Flag

The national flag of the Philippines is a horizontal bicolor with equal bands of royal blue and scarlet red, and with a white equilateral triangle at the hoist. In the center of the triangle is a golden yellow sun with eight primary rays, each containing three individual rays; and at each vertex of the triangle is a five-pointed golden yellow star. This flag can indicate a state of war if it is displayed with the red side on top.

The Philippine Government “Flag and Anthem” web page states that the white triangle stands for equality and fraternity; the blue field for peace, truth and justice; and red field for patriotism and valor. The three stars symbolize Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, while the 8 rays represent the 8 provinces that took part in the initial revolution against the Spanish. Ambrosio Rianzares Bautista, who wrote the Philippine Declaration of Independence and who read it on the occasion of its proclamation on June 12, 1898, has listed the eight provinces as Manila, Cavite, Bulacan, Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, Bataan, Laguna, and Batangas, saying that these eight were declared in a state of war almost from the start of the revolution. (Source: Wikipedia)

Long live the Philippine flag!


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2 responses to “#274 Philippine Flag

  1. It was displayed with the red on top, when Noynoy visited US last week. The US govt said it was an honest mistake.

  2. akasi mendel

    The Filipino Flag was conceived as a unifying symbol, not a divisive one. Giving the three stars a geographic meaning – Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao – regionalizes the country, and thus divisive. This frgamentation was promoted by the American dictatorial regime as part of classic colonial divide-and-conquer tactics, like what the U.S. recently did to Iraq. The symbolism of the three stars contained in the original declaration of independence read by Aguinaldo on June 12, 1898 was this: “Las tres estrellas representan las tres principales islas de este Archipielago: Luzon, Mindanao y Panay, en las cuales este movimiento insurreccional estallo”
    The three stars meant Luzon, Mindanao and Panay, the three islands where the revolution against Spain began. This symbolism is consistent with the meanings of the eight rays, which honored the provinces which led in the struggle for freedom. We should return to this noble interpretation as a way of revitalizing Filipino unity.

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