The Philippine National Flag is a symbol of our independence and freedom. And if you're thinking that the first time it was unfurled was in Kawit in 1898, then you're mistaken. It was first seen during a Filipino-Spanish skirmish on May 28, 1898 in Alapan, Cavite. The exact same flag was waved on the balcony of the Aguinaldo mansion.
This flag used to have a face (eyes, nose and lips!) and was only modified in 1919. The face on the flag was not the only thing that was altered but also its color blue.
Historian Ambeth Ocampo insisted that it should be pale sky blue since it was the available color of silk at the time. The original flag color (Aguinaldo's flag) was navy blue because it was patterned after the U.S. color. The Cuban flag also became an inspiration because, just like them, we sought freedom from our Spanish oppressors.
It was only in 1998 when the Flag and Heraldic Code of the Philippines declared that it should be royal blue that the color was reverted to its Commonwealth hue.
Chinese records show that the Huangdon of Pangasinan traded with the Ryukyu Kingdom of Japan. These kingdoms traded torquoise shells, silver, and horses. So, in before the Spaniards came to the Philippines, there were already horses in our nation.
Scientific name: Equus caballus
Uses: Racing, transportation, and as tapa or cured meat in some provinces.
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Did you know that the Philippine Eagle is actually an endangered species? Its population is believed to be down to the last 200. Hunting, loss of habitat, and pollution are three of the biggest reasons why this species of eagle is now dwindling in number.
This monkey-eating eagle stands tall and ferocious at three feet or about one meter and can weigh up to four kilograms (about nine pounds). It is considered as the biggest of all surviving eagles based on its wing surface and length.
Scientific name: Pithecophaga jefferyi
The carabao, also known as a water buffalo, is a common agricultural "ally" of the Filipino farmer. It was declared as the National Animal because of its crucial role during the First Philippine Revolution.
Scientific name: Bubalus bubalis
Mangoes are practically everywhere in our country! No wonder it was declared as the National Fruit. Philippine mangoes are known to be the sweetest in the world.
1. Prevents cancer
2. Lowers cholesterol
3. Maintains and improves eye health
4. Clears skin
South Sea Pearls are the rarest pearls that come from the pinctada maxima oyster (the white-lipped variety). This type of oyster is much bigger than the Akoya-producing species as well as those that produce the freshwater pearls.
The Sampaguita, with scientific name Jasminum sambac, is the country's National Flower. It is a symbol of purity, humility, and austerity. It was Governor General Frank Murphy who, through the Proclmation No. 652 series of 1934, declared this sweet-scented flower as the national flower.
Uses: Hair ornamentation, medicine, perfume, to name a few.
The Philippine National Fish is the Milkfish locally referred to as bangus. This fish is regarded as such because it is abundant in many Philippine provinces and is used in many regional dishes. Bangus is rich in Omega 3.
Scientific name: Chanos chanos
8. Dinengdeng (as topping)
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