Hidden use of Philippine flag turning it upsidedown, do you know this one?

philippine flag - upside down - philippine flag turned upside down in times of war
@o0jopak0o (6408)
Philippines
May 26, 2010 7:21am CST
did you know that in times of war the philippine flag will be turned upside down? It is one of the unique things that is incorporated in our flag. it is one of the great idea of our flag's creator. one or one of only a handful of flags that can be turned upside down and will not have a meaning of shame or protest.
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@mspitot (3834)
• Philippines
26 May 10
frying fish - this is milkfish that i'm cooking.
my teacher told me there's a war here if we invert our flag.
@mspitot (3834)
• Philippines
26 May 10
oops! sorry for this picture. i got confuse of the tabs on my screen.
• Philippines
26 May 10
of course, there's a war alright. WAR IN THE KITCHEN. and the fish is dying for it
• Philippines
26 May 10
i guess shes hungry that time when she respond to the post as her mind is already thinking about the foodand yes theres a war in the kitchen, a food fight
@Jankar (583)
• Philippines
26 May 10
I think that applies to all flags around the world. When you turn your country's flag upside down, it means the country is at war or something is wrong. But maybe in some doesn't apply like the flag of japan. Turning it upside down would still look the same.
@o0jopak0o (6408)
• Philippines
27 May 10
well the us flag if you turned it down has some meaning of protest so not all flags
• United States
13 Oct 10
If you turn the US flag upside down it means the country is in distress. Like right now. A lot of people have their flag upside down because we're totally going in the UNAMERICAN direction.
• Philippines
26 May 10
hellopakoo, I believe it's against the Law to invert the flag because it symbolizes WAR and any one who does this will be arrested. of course, we don't want to start a war just because of simply inverting a flag or something. i'd rather have not the flag inverted, i prefer peace.
• Philippines
26 May 10
yes your right, its against the law unless the president will give the command to put the flag upside down nor put the flag half way, we cant just turned it upside down on our own decision as we will going to face charges with it.
@Sir_bobby88 (8245)
• Singapore
29 Oct 10
well i did not realize it until you mention it yea
@chiyosan (29389)
• Philippines
27 Sep 10
oh yeah, i believe every Filipino knows this. :D this is being taught too in schools. hehe
• United States
26 Sep 10
Only exception: when Pres. Ngoyngoy Aquino met with Pres. Barack (AKA Barry Soetero) Obama)during the meeting.
• India
5 Aug 10
Hello this is really great information about your country's flag, honestly speaking i never knew that a flag has to be reversed during war, when my country was in war, i think it was not done.. Thanks for sharing. Welcome always. Cheers. Professor
@verptc (247)
• Philippines
27 May 10
It is our tradition that if flag is inverted it has some meaning of going to war as it indicated by color red. If blue means peace to our country or to any country that is using this color. Color by itself signify the true meaning of every flag around the world.
• Philippines
27 May 10
Yes it was a great idea of our flag designer. We don't know with other flag but our flag has a meaning in its position, the normal position of the Philippine flag when it is being hanged on a pole the blue must be on the top, when it is put on a wall vertically the triangle must be on the top and the blue must be on the observer's left, when it is put on a wall horizontally the blue must on the top and the triangle must be on the observer's left, when it is put on stage together with other flag the philippine flag must be on the observer's left.
• Philippines
27 May 10
Yes when it turn upside down ,it means war. Philippine flag is unique about its uses.
• Philippines
26 May 10
i guess it happened not just in our country but also to most of the country by turning their flag outside down as meaning that the country is facing war nor protest nor the country is not that safe, i now this kind of stuff since i was in elementary days as our teacher taught this thing. also the fact that if the flag rise half way means the country is mourning. and we can only do that with the command of the president as if one caught of doing that without the command from the president theres a tendency that the person who committed it will going to face charges.
@visijay32 (447)
• Philippines
26 May 10
Yes, this is true. I would like you to observe how the Philippine flag patches on the military uniform were used during the coup attempt on the Aquino administration.
@rsa101 (13337)
• Philippines
26 May 10
Yes that is true, and that is not allowed to be used on public places during peace times. That is provided for by law that you should not invert the flag that way or else you may just be arrested for doing that.
@anne25penn (3310)
• Philippines
26 May 10
Yes, I have know since grade school that when the Philippine flag is upside down, then there must be war in our country. There is also a proper way of handling and folding the flag which my classmates would study because they are sometimes in charge of raising the flag during flag ceremony in the mornings. I hope and pray that I will never live to see the flag turned upside down.
@krisnel (498)
• Philippines
26 May 10
yes it means that when you turn it upside down, then it means that there is a war.
@juggerogre (1659)
• Philippines
26 May 10
Yes I learned that on my elementary years. Our flag is the only flag that has two different meanings depending on its orientation.