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by Jay Allen Villapando, 8 February 2005
Seal based on http://www.army.mil.ph/img/arrowarmy.gif
Philippine Army flag has the same ratio as the Philippine national flag. It is an army-green banner defaced by the seal of the Philippine Army, to wit:
a circular inscription on a yellow background, with the legend "Hukbong Katikan ng Pilipinas" (Army Forces of the Philippines) and the date "1897", all in stylized script; inside the ring, a shield of army green with the arms of the First Philippine Republic: a red equilateral triangle with an eight-rayed Philippine sun (each major ray having two smaller rays to either side); in the center of the sun is a Stylized representation of the ancient Tagalog script for "K", representing "Kalayaan" or "Freedom," the styled "K" looks like a capital "I"; and three yellow five-pointed stars, one at each corner of the triangle. The sun and stars are portrayed in the color yellow. The triangular arms represent the triangle of the Philippine flag (liberty, equality, fraternity), the three stars the three major divisions of the country (Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao), the eight rays of the sun representing the sun on the national flag which represents the first eight provinces to be put under martial law by the Spaniards upon the beginning of the Philippine Revolution in 1896 the color red symbolizes the martial valor of the army and the red, or war stripe of the national flag. The date 1897 in the inscription commemorates the transformation of the ad hoc forces of the revolution into a professional army under the command of General Emilio Aguinaldo.
Manuel L. Quezon III, 11 February 2002