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The flag of the Philippines is the national symbol of the island nation of the Philippines in South-East Asia.

Seen Edit

You can find it in schools, government buildings, school events and national events. As much as any flag in the world, it is displayed during public meetings and events.

Meaning Edit

The Philippine national flag has a rectangular design that consists of a white equilateral triangle, symbolizing liberty, equality, and fraternity; a horizontal blue stripe for peace, truth, and justice; and a horizontal red stripe for patriotism and valor. In the center of the white triangle is an eight-rayed golden sun symbolizing unity, freedom, people's democracy, and sovereignty. Each ray represents a province with significant involvement in the 1896Philippine Revolution against Spain; these provinces are Manila, Bulacan, Cavite,Pampanga, Tarlac, Laguna, Batangas, and Nueva Ecija.[7][a] Three five-pointed stars, one for each of the triangle's points, stand for the three major islands where the revolution started:Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

The flag's original symbolism is enumerated in the text of the independence proclamation, which makes reference to an attached drawing, though no record of the drawing has surfaced.[24] The proclamation explains the flag as follows:

The symbolism given in the 1898 Proclamation of Philippine Independence differs from the current official explanation. According to the document, the white triangle signifies the emblem of the Katipunan, the secret society that opposed Spanish rule. It says the flag's colors commemorate the flag of the United Statesas a manifestation of gratitude for American aid against the Spanish during the Philippine Revolution. It also says that one of the three stars represents the island of Panay, rather than the entire Visayan islands. The proclamation also declares that the sun represents the gigantic steps made by the sons of the country along the path of Progress and Civilization, and lists Bataan instead of Tarlac among the eight provinces symbolized by the sun's rays.

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