The red, white and blue in the Philippine flag, as well as the sun and three stars, all have specific meaning relating to the country's history and heritage. Established in 1998, the flag features a white triangle, a red stripe and a blue stripe. The white triangle represents brotherhood and equality, as well as the Katipunan, the secret group that resisted Spanish occupation of the islands.Know More
The three yellow stars stand for the primary island groups in the country (the Mindanao, Visayas and Luzon), and the sun stands for freedom, unit and autonomy. The sun has eight rays coming out of it, and each stands for one of the initial eight provinces that initiated the Philippine revolution in 1896 (Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Nueva Ecija, Laguna, Batangas, Tarlac and Pampanga).
The red stripe stands for courage and patriotism, and the blue stripe stands for justice, peace and truth. When the flag flies horizontally, the blue stripe should be over the red, with the white triangle to the left. When the flag hangs vertically, the blue stripe goes on the left with the white triangle on top. However, the red and blue stripes switch (in both the horizontal and vertical arrangements) when the nation is at war.Learn more in Southeast Asia
The Netherlands flag features three bands of color: red on the top, white in the middle and blue on the bottom. The top red band represents bravery, strength and valor, the white stripe in the middle stands for honesty and peace and the blue band on the bottom symbolizes loyalty, justice and vigilance.Full Answer >
The Philippines is a country that gained full independence from the United States in 1946. The country is located in the Pacific Ocean to the east of Vietnam. The Philippines is made up of over 7,000 islands, but the majority of its citizens live on only 11 of them.Full Answer >
Brunei is situated in southeast Asia. Brunei is bordered by only one country: Malaysia. The South China Sea borders Brunei's northern coast for approximately 100 miles.Full Answer >
In 1939, Siam had its name changed to Thailand by the Fascist leader Field Marshal Plaek Pibulsonggram out of nationalism and, some believe, racism. The name means "Land of the Free" and reflects the fact that it is the only country in Southeast Asia that was never colonized. It was known as Siam from 1945-1949 and then was renamed to Thailand again in 1949.Full Answer >