List of flags of the Philippines

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This is the list of all the flags used and being used in the Philippines.

National flag[edit]

Flag Date Use Description
Flag of the Philippines.svg 1998—Present National flag of the Philippines A horizontal bicolor with equal bands of blue and red, with a triangular side object which encloses a sun with eight rays together with three stars fixed on the vertexes of the triangle.

Governmental flags[edit]

Flag Date Use Description
Flag of the President of the Philippines.svg Flag of the President of the Philippines The Seal of the President of the Philippines against a Blue field. The number of stars correspond to the number of provinces.
Presidential Standard of the Philippines (1946-1948).svg 1946-1948 Flag of the President of the Philippines The Coat of arms of the Philippines against a Blue field with four stars on each corner.
Flag of the Vice President of the Republic of the Philippines.svg Flag of the Vice President of the Philippines

Military flags[edit]

Flag Date Use Description
War Flag of the Philippines.svg Only during a state of war State and War flag Same as national flag with red and blue inverted, unique among the national flags.
Naval Jack of the Philippines.svg Naval Jack of the Philippines The "Three Stars and a Sun" emblem against a Royal Blue field.

Historical national flags[edit]

Flag Date Use Description
Flag of Cross of Burgundy.svg
1535–1730 Flag used when the Philippine Islands were a part of New Spain. The Cross of Burgundy: a red saltire resembling two crossed, roughly-pruned branches, on a white field.
Bandera de España 1701-1760.svg
1730-1761 Used during Spanish East Indies period. Flag of Spain under the reign of King Felipe V.
Bandera de España 1760-1785.svg
1761-1785 Used during Spanish East Indies period. Flag of Spain under the reign of King Felipe V's grandson, King Carlos III
Flag of the British East India Company (1707).svg
1762–1764 Flag during the British occupation of the Philippines, as used in occupied Manila and Cavite The flag of the British East India Company before 1810: A flag with red and white stripes with the Kingdom of Great Britain's Union Flag as a canton. The Union flag bears red cross on a white field, commonly called St George's Cross, superimposed on a white saltire on a blue field, known as St Andrew's Cross. Also known as the "King's Colours."
Flag of Spain (1785-1873 and 1875-1931).svg
1785–1873 Used during Spanish East Indies period. Three horizontal stripes of red, weld-yellow and red, the centre stripe being twice as wide as each red stripe with arms in the first third of the weld-yellow stripe. The arms are crowned and vertically divided, the left red field with a tower representing Castille, the right white field with a lion representing León.
Flag of the First Spanish Republic.svg
1873–1874 Used by the Spanish East Indies under the First Spanish Republic. Three horizontal stripes: red, weld-yellow and red, the yellow strip being twice as wide as each red stripe with arms in the first third of the yellow stripe. Royal crown removed from arms.
Flag of Spain (1785-1873 and 1875-1931).svg
1874-1898 Used during Spanish East Indies after the restoration of the Spanish monarchy. The flag of the Kingdom of Spain used prior to the First Spanish Republic was reinstated.
Flag of the Tagalog people.svg
1897–1898 First official flag of the Phliipine republic and used during the Philippine Revolution The flag was created in Naic, Cavite and first displayed in 1897. It features an eight-rayed white sun with a mythical face on a field of red.[1]
Philippines Flag Original.svg
1898–1901 Design as conceived by President Emilio Aguinaldo. The exact shade of blue is debated; three variants were used by subsequent governments. Sewn by Doña Marcela Marino de Agoncillo, Lorenza Agoncillo, and Delfina Herbosa de Natividad in Hong Kong and first flown in battle on May 28, 1898. It was formally unfurled during the Proclamation of Philippine Independence on June 12, 1898 by President Aguinaldo. It contains a mythical sun (with a face) common to many former Spanish colonies; the triangle of Masonry; the eight rays representing the provinces that first revolted and were placed under Martial Law by the Spanish at the start of the 1896 Revolution. The flag was initially unfurled with the blue stripe above, but was flown with the red stripe above at the outbreak of the Philippine-American War in 1899.
US flag 45 stars.svg
1898–1908 Flag used when the Philippine Islands were a part of the United States of America. Thirteen horizontal stripes of alternating red and white representing the original Thirteen Colonies; in the canton, white stars on a blue field, the number of stars increased as the United States expanded its territory.
US flag 46 stars.svg
1908–1912 Variant after Oklahoma became a state
US flag 48 stars.svg
1912–1946 Variant after Arizona and New Mexico achieved statehood
Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg
1919–1936 The shade of blue used here is Navy Blue, following suit from the American Flag. Design conceived by Emilio Aguinaldo remains but the shades of blue and red were adopted from the American flag. The sun's face was removed, but its stylised rays were retained.
Flag of the Philippines (navy blue).svg
1936–1985 Defined under Executive Order No. 23, s. 1936. The shade of blue used here is Navy Blue, following suit from the American Flag. Also used by the Commonwealth government-in-exile from 1942-1945 Specifications codified; sun further simplified, achieving its present form.
Merchant flag of Japan (1870).svg
1942–1943 Used during the Japanese Occupation. The Hinomaru as it appeared until 1999: a red sun-disc, shifted 1% left of centre, on a white field.
Philippines Flag Original.svg
October 14, 1943 Used during the inauguration of the Second Republic. The original design by Aguinaldo remained constant. However, the shades of blue and red varied through the years. In 1998, the flag gained its present definitive shades.
Flag of the Philippines (light blue).svg
1985–1986 Altered by Executive Order No. 1010, s. 1985. The shade of blue was changed from Navy Blue to Light Blue, amidst debate on the shade used in the original flag. A pale Sky Blue was the actual colour used since it was more available at that time and not due to any specific historical precedent.
Flag of the Philippines (navy blue).svg
1986–1998 1936 version of the flag restored after the 1986 People Power Revolution.
Flag of the Philippines.svg
1998–Present The Flag and Heraldic Code of the Philippines specifies the colours for the blue field Cable No. 80173; the white field, Cable No. 80001; the red field, Cable No. 80108; and the golden-yellow Stars and Sun, Cable No. 80068.[2] Colours introduced for the Centennial celebrations.[citation needed]

Provincial flags[edit]

Most of the flags of the provinces of the Philippines are in 1:2 ratio with the provincial seal/coat-of-arms on a field of single color, although a few have designs differing from that standard.

Flag Date Use Description
Flag of Bohol Province, Philippines.svg Provincial flag of Bohol A tricolour with the white stripe being double the width of the blue and red stripes. Superimposed on the white stripe is the main portion of the seal of Bohol. It consists of two bolos representing the Tamblot Uprising and the Dagohoy Rebellion, the Chocolate Hills and the Sandugo between Miguel López de Legazpi and Datu Sikatuna. It also contains a little star representing Carlos P. Garcia, the only Boholano President of the Philippines (another star will be installed for every Boholano president).
Provincial flag of Bukidnon Three equal horizontal stripes; white for honesty and purity; red for commerce, courage, bravery and heroism; black for authority and a Spear and Shield
Provincial flag of Southern Leyte A green flag with a golden fringe, white cross, coconut and abaca leaves and four orchids.
Flag of Camarines Norte.svg Provincial flag of Camarines Norte A tricolor of green, white, and yellow.

Municipal flags[edit]

Like the flags of most Philippine provinces, flags of municipalities usually just bear the seal of the municipality on a single color field but there are some municipality flags that differs from the standard

Flag Date Use Description
Balilihanflag.jpg Municipal flag of Balilihan, Bohol
Municipal flag of Kalilangan, Bukidnon Blue and green horizontal stripes with a white canton bearing a sun surrounded by 14 stars
Municipal flag of Maribojoc, Bohol

Religious flags[edit]

Flag Date Use Description
Iglesia ni Cristo flag.svg  ? Flag of the Iglesia ni Cristo Flag used to represent the independent Iglesia Ni Cristo church. Official status of flag is unknown but widely used, especially by followers of the Christian denomination. The flag is a tricolor with a golden menorah[disambiguation needed] at its center. No official specification on the design regarding the placement of elements.[3]

Secessionist flags[edit]

Flag Date Use Description
Flag of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.png  ? Flag of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.
Ph mnlf-tripoli.gif  ? (as flag of the MNLF)
2013 (as flag of the Bangsamoro Republik)
Flag of the Moro National Liberation Front and the widely unrecognized Bangsamoro Republik. Golden yellow crescent and star and a kris on a red field.


Other historical flags[edit]

Flag Date Use Description
Flag of Maguindanao.svg Flag of the Maguindanao Sultanate A plain yellow flag
Ilocos Sur.svg 1762-1763 Flag of the Silang Revolt
18th Century Flag of Sulu.svg 18th Century Flag of the Sulu Sultanate Flag of Sulu Sultanate according to Pierre Sonnerat.
Flag of the Basi Revolt.svg 1807 Flag of the Basi Revolt
Flag of Manila (1845-1886) (1886-1898).svg 1845-1898 Provincial Ensign of the Manila
Flag of Ilo-Ilo (1886-1898 ).svg 1886-1898 Provincial Ensign of Ilo-Ilo
Late 19th Century Flag of Sulu.svg Late 19th Century Flag of the Sulu Sultanate
Negrense revolution banner.svg 1898 Flag of the Negros Revolution Banner used by Negrense revolutionaries during their revolution.
Flag of Republic of Negros.png 1898–1901 Flag of the Republic of Negros
ChavacanoFlag.svg 1899–1903 Flag of the Republic of Zamboanga
Katagalugan flag.svg 1902-1906 Flag of the Tagalog Republic
Free Territory of Freedomland Flag.svg 1956-? Flag of the Free Territiory of Freedomland The flag of Freedomland, a micronation founded by Tomas Cloma in the Spratly islands.

Flag Proposals[edit]

Flag Date Use Description
PH flag 9 Rays.svg National Flag Addition of a 9th ray as proposed in 1998 and 2009
Flag of the Philippines FVR proposal 1.svg
Flag of the Philippines FVR proposal 2.svg
National Flag Flag proposals made in June 12, 1995 by former President Fidel V. Ramos. Proposal to add a crescent moon to represent the Muslim community.
Bustos flag.png Municipal Flag of Bustos, Bulacan

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Flags of the Philippine Revolution
  2. ^ "The Philippine National Flag". Monuments and Heraldry division, National Historical institute. National Commission for Culture and the Arts. 
  3. ^ http://www.network54.com/Forum/70213/message/1110958110/here+is+why...