Wednesday, May 28, 2008

national flag day

Today we are celebrating the national flag day, and herewith is the flag of the Philippines.

The national flag of the Philippines is a horizontal bicolor with equal bands of blue and red, and with a white equilateral triangle based at the hoist side; in the center of the triangle is a golden yellow sun with eight primary rays, each containing three individual rays; and at each corner of the triangle is a five-pointed golden yellow star. The flag is displayed with the blue field on top in times of peace, and with the red field on top in times of war.

The flag was first conceptualized by Emilio Aguinaldo. The first flag was sewn in Hong Kong by Marcela Agoncillo, her daughter Lorenza, and Doña Delfina Herbosa de Natividad, niece of José Rizal, the Philippines' national hero.

The white triangle stands for equality and fraternity; the blue field for peace, truth and justice; and the red field for patriotism and valor. The eight primary rays of the sun represent the first eight provinces (Batangas, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, Manila, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, and Tarlac) that sought independence from Spain and were placed under martial law by the Spaniards at the start of the Philippine Revolution in 1896. The three stars represent the three major geographical divisions of the country: Luzon, the Visayas, and Mindanao. (Source: wikipedia)

Pledge to the Flag

Ako ay Pilipino
Buong katapatang nanunumpa
Sa watawat ng Pilipinas
At sa bansang kanyang sinasagisag
Na may dangal, katarungan at kalayaan
Na pinakikilos ng sambayanang
Maka-Diyos
Maka-tao
Makakalikasan at
Makabansa

7 comments:

Tom said...

Mabuhay ang Pilipinas!

GMG said...

Hi Pusa!
Congratulations!
Blogtrotter

classy & fabulous said...

thanks for sharing that history

Jake The Miserable said...

*salute!*

Abraham Lincoln said...

Hope you are OK. Have not seen you for a long time.

Kris McCracken said...

The stories behind flag are often quite interesting. I must admit to having a fondness for the Angolan flag with a bloody great big machete on it!

Michael Hansen said...

The Philippine Flag is also said to have Masonic significance. After all most of the founding fathers of the Philippines are freemasons.

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