MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – A new, improved Philippine flag was unveiled by the government yesterday just as this Southeast Asian country celebrated the 121st anniversary of its independence.
The new design was made public in a hastily-called press conference attended by two Senators who each authored a change in the tri-colors.
Senator Richard Gordon previously proposed to add another sun ray as a way of recognizing Filipino Muslims for their heroic struggle against the colonial invaders from the West. The present flag has a sun with eight rays, representing the original provinces of the Philippines.
Senator-elect Francis Tolentino, on the other hand, proposes to add a fourth star to the existing three which represent the country’s main islands of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Tolentino wanted to add a new star to represent Benham Rise, a coral-rich territory located in the eastern border of the Philippines. It is not a disputed territory unlike those claimed by China, the Philippines and other countries in the West Philippine Sea.
These are exciting times for the Philippines and a new look for the flag is in order.