Sunday, January 30, 2011

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 (WikiPilipinas).The flag was originally designed by Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo during in exile in Hongkong.


Red field: stands for patriotism and valor

Blue field: stands for peace, truth, and justice 

White Triangle: stands for equality and fraternity

 

Sun: represents for unity, freedom and People's Democracy

Eight rays of the yellow sun:  represents Manila, Cavite, Bulacan, Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, Bataan, Laguna, and Batangas, the eight provinces that first rose against the Spanish rule

Three stars: represents the three main geographical division of the Philippines: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.
           
The flag indicates state of war when the red field is displayed on top, or on the observer's left when the flag is displayed vertically with the white equilateral triangle at the top.


See Republic Act 8491 (AN ACT PRESCRIBING THE CODE OF THE NATIONAL FLAG, ANTHEM, MOTTO, COAT-OF-ARMS AND OTHER HERALDIC ITEMS AND DEVICES OF THE PHILIPPINES), February 12, 1998.

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