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Philippines Flag


Flag of Philippines
Flag Name(s)Tatlong Bituin at Isang Araw ("Three Stars and a Sun") [Flag Of Philippines]
Aspect Ratio(1:2)
Color Scheme white,blue,red,yellow
Color and Design

A horizontal bicolor of blue and red with a white equilateral triangle based at the hoist containing three, five-pointed gold stars at its vertices, and an eight-rayed gold sun at its center.

Meaning & SymbolismThe white triangle of the Philippines flag represents liberty, equality, and fraternity. The golden-yellow sun with eight primary rays, each ray representing a province. At each vertex of the triangle is a five-pointed, golden-yellow star, each of which representing one of the country's three main island groups; Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao. The flag's color scheme also gives the Philippines flag meaning. The white section stands for liberty, equality, and fraternity. The red portion represents courage and patriotism, while the blue stands for justice and peace.
Description and Brief History

The national flag of the Philippines is a horizontal bicolor flag with equal bands of royal blue and crimson red, with a white, equilateral triangle at the hoist. In the center of the triangle is a golden-yellow sun with eight primary rays. At each vertex of the triangle is a five-pointed, golden-yellow star. A unique feature of this flag is its usage to indicate a state of war if it is displayed with the red side on top, which is effectively achieved by flipping the flag upside-down.


The first flags of the Philippines rather than a colonial power were those of the revolutionary Katipunan movement. The movement's flags had red fields with white emblems, but the precise emblem varied from one flag to the next. The most notable of these flags came into use in 1897 and featured a sun emblem that resembles the emblem of the modern flag.

The modern flag came into use in 1898, but it was not used for long before the Philippines came under American control. The flag was banned between 1907 and 1919, which led to the American flag's frequent use within the islands. It was formally adopted as the nation's flag once again in 1920. It has been used ever since apart from a brief period of Japanese occupation during the second world war.

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