Thursday, June 9, 2011

22. PHILIPPINE FLAG - Symbol of Our Nation (Memorabilia)

The Philippine flag was conceptualized by President Emilio Aguinaldo during his exile in Hong Kong in 1897. The first flag was sewn by Marcela Marino de Agoncillo with the help of her daughter Lorenza and Delfina Herbosa de Natividad (a niece of Propagandista Jose Rizal).

It was in the Battle of Alapan on May 28, 1898 when the national flag was first unfurled in an uprising led by General Emilio Aguinaldo in Imus, Cavite and culminated on June 12 when the Philippine flag was waved in full view of the world following the formal proclamation of independence in Kawit, Cavite.

A felt cloth depicting the Philippine Sun-faced Revolutionary Flag used by Aguinaldo during the Fil-American War. This was given as premium by a Tobacco manufacturer.

These are miniature paper Philippine Flags distributed on the Occasion of the Proclamation of the First Philippine Republic.  On June 12, 1898, at the residence of President Emilio Aguinaldo, several printed miniature paper flags were distributed and sold to the guests and sympathizers of the Revolution who attended the commemorative banquet as well as to those who were present during the proclamation ceremonies. The sale of these tiny flags was part of a project launched to raise funds for the newly formed revolutionary government of Aguinaldo.

Photo showing General Aguinaldo's sculpture and the Philippine Revolutionary flag.
Circa 1920s.

Advertising card featuring the Dolls of America and her New Possessions. Made by Estey Organ Company of Vermont, USA.

During the American colonial rule the display of the Philippine flag was declared illegal by the Sedition Act of 1907. This law was repealed on October 30, 1919.  With the legalization of the Philippine flag, the cloth available in most stores was the red and blue of the flag of the United States, so the flag from 1919 onwards adopted the navy blue color.

1926 Veteranos De La Revolution certificate showing the Katipunan flag.
1926 Veteranos De La Revolution certificate signed by Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo and Gen. Pio Del Pilar

Real photo postcard showing a Filipina with American and Philippine Flag

An interesting postcard showing a seated Filipina dressed in our flag. "Abuloy sa Mahal na Cruz MCL" sign at right

Trade card issued in Italy Featuring a Moro and the Philippine flag

Trade card issued by Eucalol


  1. Hi is you Dennis ? I'm Paolo from Italy, can i add some of these images on my web site : i ve got some of them but my images are not so clear...




  2. Hi Paolo, You may use these images but give due credit to my Site. Also I am Ed Not Dennis.

  3. Hello Ed , do you know some flag collectors in the Phils. ? I would like to contact them for my researches..

    Stay well


  4. Hi Paolo, I do no know any Philippine flag collectors, maybe you can contact someone from the NHI National Historical Institute, they have a website where you can inquire. I also saw in the the Malacanang Museum that they have some old Philippine flags. I hope this helps. Ed

  5. Hi Ed,

    Herein posted is a photo of the "1920 Veteranos De La Revoluccion" ceryificate, which I suppose was issued to each and every veteran of the Philippine Revolution. Would you happen, by any chance, have or have any access to its roster, who were issued the said certificate? Would you how and where I can get hold of any list of these veterans?

    Please reply. Thanks.

    1. Hi Joshua, Sorry but I do not have a list or reference or the Veterans of the Revolution.