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.
E.S. Villamor has made a career in writing for a decade now. Her online business - GIML (Gabriela Isabel & Miguel Lucas) Publishing started in 2014. She advocated for women's rights and was once enamored with imparting financial literacy through training and blogs but she is now focused on propagating all things Filipino. This site is also being groomed as a rich homeschooling resource.