BY KIM ATIENZA
HAPPY Independence Day!
The three stars in the Philippine flag originally stood for Luzon, Panay and Mindanao.
While most Filipinos today know that the three stars represent the three major island groups – Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao – the stars were originally meant to represent Luzon, Panay and Mindanao where the revolutionary movement began.
Panay soon came to represent the Visayan chain of islands.
DID YOU KNOW? The American flag was designed by a high school student.
It started as a school project for Bob Heft’s junior-year history class, and it only earned a B minus in 1958.
His design had 50 stars, even though at that time, Alaska and Hawaii weren’t US states yet. Heft figured the two would earn statehood soon and showed the government his design.
After President Dwight D. Eisenhower called to say his design was approved, Heft’s teacher changed his grade to an A.
The flag of the United States of America has 13 red stripes that are horizontal. It features a blue rectangle that carries 50 stars, representing the country’s 50 states.
TRIVIA PA MORE (Various Sources): Simunul is a small island off Bongao, Tawi-Tawi, which is considered the cradle of Islam in the Philippines. From there, one can see Sabah, Malaysia with which the island people conduct a lot of trading.
ATING ALAMIN: Alin po ang pinakakilalang mga watawat sa mundo? Ilan sa mga ito, bukod sa flag ng America, ay yung mga flag ng United Kingdom, France, Russia, Mexico, at Japan.
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