10 Interesting Facts About The Philippine Flag

To celebrate the Flag Days, let’s know more about our national flag.
posted on: Wednesday, May 28, 2014
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May 28 to June 12 mark the Flag Days in the Philippines.

Filipinos are expected to display flags in their homes, offices, schools and various establishments.

Here are quick facts about the Philippine Flag:

1. Emilio Aguinaldo designed the Philippine flag

aguinaldo raises the philippine flag

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He conceived its design while exiled in Hong Kong in 1897. The flag then underwent minor alterations in 1997.

2. The flag was first unfurled on May 28, 1898

battle of alapan plaque

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It was first unfurled after the Philippine Revolutionary Army defeated Spanish forces in the Battle at Alapan, Imus, Cavite.

3. The flag’s length is twice its width

philippine national flag

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President Manuel L. Quezon issued Executive Order No. 23, s. 1936 that institutes the description and specifications of the Filipino flag.

4. The national flag itself serves as the war flag

philippine war flag

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Unlike other countries which utilize other flags in times of war, the Philippine flag  is still used, but is flown with the red field on top and to the left if displayed in hanging position.

5. Marcela Agoncillo sewed the first flag

marcela agoncillo

Wikipedia

The flag was sewn in Hong Kong by Marcela Agoncillo, along with her five-year-old daughter, Lorenza, and Delfina Herbosa Natividad, a niece Jose Rizal who had married one of Aguinaldo’s generals.

6. New flag proposal

fidel ramos flag proposal

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On June 15, 1995 President Fidel Ramos suggested to incorporate a crescent moon into the current national flag to represent the Filipino Muslims.

7. The blue color of the flag used to be darker

philippine national flag with navy blue color

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The blue color of the flag in 1946 is reported to be navy blue, darker than what is used today.

According to Flag Bulletin No 180, a change was made to the national flag on September 16, 1997 when the shade of blue was altered from navy blue to royal blue.

8. Adding a ninth ray to the sun

philippine flag with nine rays

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Richard Gordon authored the Ninth Ray Bill to acknowledge the bravery of Filipino Muslims who fought for our independence.

9. It is prohibited to display the Philippine flag in nightclubs

boracay night life

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In cockpits, casinos and other places of vice or where frivolity prevails.

10. A worn out flag shall not be thrown away

philippine flag in the devasted regions during yolanda

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It shall be solemnly burned to avoid desecration. A flag that is beginning to show signs of wear and tear shall be replaced immediately.

Let’s wave our national flag with honor and pride and remember the Filipinos who risked their lives to claim our independence.

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