BANDILA: The Story of the Philippine Flag


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It took three women less than a week to sew. It was given to a man leaving Hong Kong board the ship McCulloch, bound for Manila. Several weeks later that man, Emilio Aguinaldo, became the first president of the Philippine Republic. And the piece of cloth he carried home was unfurled on the 12th of June 1898, before a jubilant crowd in Kawit, Cavite.

Merci Melchor and Auri Asuncion Yambao’s BANDILA: The Story of the Philippine Flag relives the historic events and battles that helped shape our flag, from the founding of the Katipunan to the “banner dear” we honor today. Within these pages young readers will rediscover that the story of the Philippine flag is, in truth, the riveting story of our nation.

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