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Philippine Flag: Pilipinas Kong Mahal

June 4, 2008

Have you seen banners of the Philippine Flag lately? They contain the words “Pilipinas kong Mahal” (translated as “My beloved Philippines“).

And according to a directive from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), the Philippine flag and event tarpaulins should be placed on their business establishments from May 28 (Flag day) until June 12 (Independence day).

Republic Act 8491 also says that the Flag should be displayed on these other occasions:

  • April 9 (Araw ng Kagitingan)
  • May 1 (Labor Day)
  • last Sunday of August (National Heroes Day)
  • November 30 (Bonifacio Day)
  • December 30 (Rizal Day)
  • and on such other days as may be declared by the President and/or local chief executives.

I have one issue though, why does the banner/tarpaulin have the words Pilipinas kong Mahal? From what i know, based on the law… the flag should be free from any other markings/text.

SECTION 34. It shall be prohibited:

a) To mutilate, deface, defile, trample on or cast contempt or commit any act or omission casting dishonor or ridicule upon the flag or over its surface;
b) To dip the flag to any person or object by way of compliment or salute;
c) To use the flag:

  1. As a drapery, festoon, tablecloth;
  2. As covering for ceilings, walls, statues or other objects;
  3. As a pennant in the hood, side, back and top of motor vehicles;
  4. As a staff or whip;
  5. For unveiling monuments or statues; and
  6. As trademarks, or for industrial, commercial or agricultural labels or designs.

d) To display the flag:

  1. Under any painting or picture;
  2. Horizontally face-up. It shall always be hoisted aloft and be allowed to fall freely;
  3. Below any platform; or
  4. In discotheques, cockpits, night and day clubs, casinos, gambling joints and places of vice or where frivolity prevails.

e) To wear the flag in whole or in part as a costume or uniform;
f) To add any word, figure, mark, picture, design, drawings, advertisement, or imprint of any nature on the flag;
g) To print, paint or attach representation of the flag on handkerchiefs, napkins, cushions, and other articles of merchandise;
h) To display in public any foreign flag, except in embassies and other diplomatic establishments, and in offices of international organizations;
i) To use, display or be part of any advertisement or infomercial; and
j) To display the flag in front of buildings or offices occupied by aliens.

Hmmmm.. I’ve been seeing these flags with texts in Davao Del Norte area on my way to Compostela Valley. I think the DENR should look at this issue.

Also, i read a news on the Philippine star about a Councilor in Manila who criticized these banners for they are “unpatriotic” and violates the law.

That is why…

[Manila] City Legal Officer Renato de la Cruz explained yesterday that they removed the Philippine flags with the wordsPilipinas Kong Mahal” to comply with a constitutional provision prohibiting unnecessary imprints on the flag.

He pointed out that RA 8491 prohibits the adding of any “word, figure, mark, picture, design, drawing, advertisement, or imprint of any nature” on the national flag, and violators face fines of up to P20,000, a jail term of up to one year, or both.

What do you think?

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Marciano Paroy Jr. permalink
    June 13, 2008 9:21 am

    Hi tagadavao… I like your article. We have a community paper here in Tabuk, province of Kalinga, known as GURU Press. Can we possibly reproduce your article, or at least cite you and your observations? Since we only have your URL, can we credit it to that?

  2. Juanita Gorgona permalink
    August 14, 2008 5:57 am

    Kong Mahal KayGanda

  3. October 9, 2008 7:55 pm


  4. kuyakoy666 permalink
    May 19, 2009 10:30 am

    as far as i know, this was the directive of Sec. Lito Atienza. He approved the putting of “Pilipinas kong Mahal”

    in my opinion, this is a form of bastardizing our national flag, this should be comdemn to the highest level. This also show how patriotic and how he value the sanctity of out flag.

  5. Anonymous permalink
    May 26, 2009 3:02 am


    Atienza Revised it. Look at the new posters around.

  6. Furball permalink
    July 23, 2009 1:36 pm

    Technically, there ISN’T anything printed ON the flag… it just happens that the flag is in the background.

    I mean, if you’re going to be pursuing THIS line of thinking, why not complain that the flag was CROPPED — do you see any of the flag’s four corners? No? Well then…

    Personally, I love this design, and on the lookout for stickers. People who complain about this *design* have nothing better to do.

  7. migs permalink*
    July 23, 2009 1:50 pm

    Hi Furball,

    I just wish that the national historic institute has the same line of thinking like yours. 😀

    But it has already been revised.

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