Sunday, May 29, 2011

Upside-down flag on President's homepage before National Flag Day



Philippine President Aquino answers questions during a news conference inside the navy headquarters in Manila
Today marks the National Flag Day of the Philippines as it commemorates the first time it was displayed on 28 May 1898 near the end of the Spanish occupation.
Every country respects their own flag with all the symbolisms and history behind it. The Philippines is not different.
However, a blunder was seen online from no less than the president's website when on 26 May, an inverted flag was placed, ABS CBN reported.
If the red portion of the flag was placed on top of the blue, it means that the country is at war.
Netizens saw the erroneous flag placement and upon discovery, the administrators of the homepage took the image down. So, if you visit President Noynoy Aquino's website, you won't be able to catch it.
This is a huge mistake and embarrassing. It happened to the highest official of the land. I think mistakes like these must be treated with equal and severe punishment.
The same Philippine flag inversion incident happened last year in New York in a meeting with the leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. The US embassy apologized and said it was "an honest mistake." The MalacaƱang said an apology was not necessary, The Manila Bulletin said. Huh?
The Philippine flag was spawned after hundreds of years of its colorful and meaningful history.
The blue color stands for longing of Filipinos for freedom, truth, peace and justice. The red color represents courage and the citizens' patriotism, in a report by The Manila Bulletin.
A yellow mythical sun is found at the center of the white triangle with eight primary rays with each ray containing three individual rays. The sun is the symbol of Filipinos' efforts to progress.
The eight rays stand for the eight provinces that first to rise against the Spanish rule—Batangas, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, Manila, Morong, Nueva Ecija and Pampanga.
In September 2009, the Congress approved a ninth ray that a government official proposed. The additional ray represents the Islam population in the country, PDI said.
The three five-rayed stars at each corner of the triangle represent the main regions of the country, namely, Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.
Details of this report here.
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