The flag of the Philippines goes back to 1898 when the Spanish gave up the Philippines after a quick sale of $20 million to the Americans. Unfortunately the full independence did not arrive until after World War Two in 1946. Even so long after the Spanish influence had gone the Philippines still suffered some strange anomalies like having no divorce in the Philippines, apart from some areas of Mindanao.
The symbols of the flag are an eight rayed sun with three golden stars. It also has a red stripe, blue stripe and a white triangle.
The Sun element of the flag represents the beginning of a new era of self-determination. The eight rays on the sun stand for the eight provinces that rose in revolt against Spanish rule in the late 19th century.
The 3 stars stand for the 3 principal geographic areas of the country; Luzon, the Visayas and the Island of Mindanao. The colour white represents peace and purity and the red stripe represents courage and bravery with the blue stripe for noble ideals.
Time For War
One unique aspect of the flag is that the Philippines have a flag for peacetime and a flag for wartime. The flag showed above is, let us hope, the one we’ll see always. Blue on the top stands for peacetime. In wartime the flag will have the red stripe on the top. Maybe we should have a similar flag for relationships outside the house before we have to get a divorce in the Philippines.