In celebration of the 117th Independence day of our country, the school of my son encourage students to come to school wearing Filipiniana attire. This event is to begin the school year with a flag raising ceremony. A great moment to tell my son again about the Philippines Flag Symbol.
The school would like to commemorate the bravery of our Philippine heroes as they courageously fought for our country’s liberation. They also require students to bring a Philippine Flaglet which my son is holding in the photo wearing Filipiniana attite – Barong Tagalog. As a patriotic parent, we support this historic event.
I explain to my son the meaning of the symbols and colors of the Philippine flag.
Philippines Flag Symbol
(according to http://ncca.gov.ph/ – Philippine Fast Facts section 4)
Design of the Philippine Flag
SECTION 4. The flag of the Philippines shall be blue, white and red with an eight-rayed golden-yellow sun and three five-pointed stars, as consecrated and honored by the people.
(*From Chapter 1 of Republic Act No. 8491- An Act Prescribing the Code of the National Flag, Anthem, Motto, Coat-of Arms and Other Heraldic Items and Devices of the Philippines)
white triangle – signifying the distinctive emblem of the famous Society of the “Katipunan” which by means of its blood compact inspired the masses to rise in revolution
three stars – signifying the three principal Islands of this Archipelago- Luzon, Mindanao, and Panay where this revolutionary movement started
the sun – representing the gigantic steps made by the sons of the country along the path of Progress and Civilization.
the eight rays – signifying the eight provinces- Manila, Cavite, Bulacan, Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, Bataan, Laguna, and Batangas—which declared themselves in a state of war as soon as the first revolt was initiated
colors of Blue, Red, and White, commemorating the flag of the United States of North America, as a manifestation of our profound gratitude towards this Great Nation for its disinterested protection which it lent us and continues lending us.
My son is very interested to learn more about the Philippine history, geographic, and culture. I also told him how to take care and show respect to the Philippine flag.