What does the Philippine flag symbolize

What does the Philippine flag symbolize?

The story of the Filipino flag dates back to 1896, during the Filipino Revolution against the Spaniards. The Filipinos did not have a national flag at the time, but when they had to revolt against Spain, the revolutionary group knew they had to raise a banner to represent the Philippines. This led to a series of events that eventually spawned the Filipino flag that we became familiar with.

In the early days of the Revolution, the flags that represented the Philippines were mainly created by the Katipuneros (members of the Katipunan, an anti-Spanish Filipino group formed to achieve independence from Spain). The flag initially had two versions - one that had the letters "KKK" lined up in a row while the other had the same letters but was lined up to form an equilateral triangle.

Later the number of letters was reduced to one. Another version contained the letter of an old Tagalog 'K', which was set in the shape of a sun with eight rays. The "K" represented the katipunan.

All of these flags were rectangular in shape and the fabric used was red - to symbolize the Katipunero's revolutionary character.

But during the second phase of the Philippine Revolution, the then President, General Emilio Aguinaldo, thought of a new flag for the Philippines. He and other revolutionary leaders designed the current Filipino flag, which was hand-sewn by a group of Marcela MariƱo Agoncillo - wife of the first diplomat Felipe Agoncillo.

The current Filipino flag was first issued during a battle on May 28, 1898 (hence the date of Filipino Flag Day). On June 12, 1898, it was unveiled in the Aguinaldos Villa in Kawit, Cavite in the proclamation of Philippine independence. From May 28th to June 12th each year, the display of the Philippine flag is a symbol of the struggles and sacrifices of the Filipino heroes who work for freedom and independence.

The flag was made of silk. The sun represents freedom and its eight rays represent the first eight provinces to rebel against Spain. The three stars stand for the three large islands of the Philippines, namely Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. As for the colors used, white represents hope for equality, while the blue stripe represents peace, truth and justice. After all, the red stripe symbolizes patriotism and bravery. However, if the two stripes are swapped, it signals that the country is at war.

The Filipino flag, one of the country's national symbols, has a rich history that served as a witness to the glorious events of Filipino history. While symbolizing the ideals, patriotism, and aspirations of the nation, the flag also represents the freedom that Filipino revolutionary leaders and ancestors fought for and died for.