The Flag of The Philippines

The flag of the Philippines features a horizontal bicolor with equal bands of royal blue and scarlet red, and a white equilateral triangle at the hoist. Within the triangle is a golden-yellow sun with eight primary rays, each representing a Philippine province, and three five-pointed stars at each corner of the triangle symbolizing the country’s three main geographical regions - Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

The Flag of The Philippines

History

The flag of the Philippines was officially adopted on June 12, 1898, during the Philippine Revolution against Spanish rule. It was first flown during the declaration of independence from Spain in Kawit, Cavite. The original design was conceived by Emilio Aguinaldo, the first President of the Philippines, while he was in exile in Hong Kong in 1897. The flag has undergone various changes throughout its history, particularly during American sovereignty and Japanese occupation in World War II, when displaying the flag was banned. The current design was standardized in 1997, clarifying the shade of blue as royal blue. The flag has a unique feature: it can signify a state of war if displayed with the red band on top in times of conflict.