The Origin of the Visayas name

We have often heard the word Visayas or Bisaya. But do you really know the real meaning or its origin. Most of us dont, even the Bisayans themselves have no idea. The word Visayas was derived from Srivijaya, a name of a predominantly Hindu-Buddhist empire in Sumatra. Sri means “prosperous”, vijaya means “excellent”. It’s aRead More

The Complete Philippine Flag history

This is a timeline or list of all the official national flags of the Philippines. There was no national flag before the Spaniards came here in 1521. The Philippines wasn’t yet a nation. It was composed of several small clustered kingdoms. Although each kingdom had its own official flag or banner, but were not unitedRead More

Inaul Festival in Maguindanao

The Inaul Festival in Buluan, Maguindanao is still on its second year. This colorful and vibrant festival is observed annually on February 8 to 14. But this festival is actually under a new name or a continuation of what used to be called the Sagayan Festival. The latter was already celebrated in Misamis Oriental. TheRead More

3 lesser known Filipino heroes

When we hear somebody says the phrase “Filipino heroes”, what quickly comes to mind are the names Jose Rizal, Andres Bonifacio, Juan Luna, and even the controversial Emilio Aguinaldo. Filipiknow also has an interesting article entitled 5 Great Philippine Heroes Nobody Remembers, so you may also read this for added knowledge. But what I compiledRead More

The history of our Philippine Flag

I will present it in chronological order the history of our Philippine flag, starting in 1898 when the Republic was officially established. Prior to 1898 were revolutionary flags, but those flags only represented a certain region or its struggle for independence from Spain. 1898 – 1901 Ironically, made in Hong Kong, but thankfully by FilipinosRead More

Pledge of Allegiance to the Philippine Flag

Part of the Republic Act. No. 8491 or the “An Act Prescribing The Code Of The National Flag, Anthem, Motto, Coat-of-arms And Other Heraldic Items And Devices Of The Philippines” is the Pledge of Allegiance to the Philippine Flag. Ako ay Filipino Buong katapatang nanunumpa Sa watawat ng Pilipinas At sa bansang kanyang sinasagisag NaRead More

Lupang Hinirang (Spanish version)

Filipinas (Spanish version, 1899) Tierra adorada, hija del sol de Oriente, su fuego ardiente en ti latiendo está. Patria de amores, del heroísmo cuna, los invasores no te hallarán jamás. En tu azul cielo, en tus auras, en tus montes y en tu mar esplende y late el poema de tu amada libertad. Tu pabellónRead More

Lupang Hinirang (English version)

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The Philippine Hymn (English version during the American regime) Land of the morning, Child of the sun returning, With fervor burning, Thee do our souls adore. Land dear and holy, Cradle of noble heroes, Never shall invaders Trample thy sacred shore. Ever within thy skies and through thy clouds And over thy hills and sea,Read More

Lupang Hinirang

Lupang Hinirang (Tagalog version) Bayang magiliw, Perlas ng Silanganan Alab ng puso, Sa Dibdib mo’y buhay. Lupang Hinirang, Duyan ka ng magiting, Sa manlulupig, Di ka pasisiil. Sa dagat at bundok, Sa simoy at sa langit mong bughaw, May dilag ang tula, At awit sa paglayang minamahal. Ang kislap ng watawat mo’y Tagumpay na nagniningning,Read More