The Philippine Flag (Watawat ng Pilipinas)

philippines_flag1   What do the three stars mean?

   What do the eight rays of the sun mean?

   Why does the Philippine flag have the colors
   red, white and blue in it?

 

Answers:  From the Proclamation of Philippine Independence (June 12, 1898)

“…the 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; the 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; and the 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…”

The Philippine National Anthem
(For Parents and older siblings)

Bayang magiliw, 
Perlas ng Silanganan 
Alab ng puso, 
Sa Dibdib mo’y buhay. 
Lupang Hinirang, 
Duyan ka ng magiting, 
Sa manlulupig, 
Di ka pasisiil. 
Sa dagat at bundok, 
Sa simoy at sa langit mong bughaw, 
May dilag ang tula, 
At awit sa paglayang minamahal. 
Ang kislap ng watawat mo’y 
Tagumpay na nagniningning, 
Ang bituin at araw niya, 
Kailan pa ma’y di magdidilim, 
Lupa ng araw ng luwalhati’t pagsinta, 
Buhay ay langit sa piling mo, 
Aming ligaya na pag may mang-aapi, 
Ang mamatay ng dahil sa iyo.

 

By Mommy Nicky (Sterling, VA)

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