Proper Placing of the Philippine Flag on Pubmats and Posters

Official Kalayaan 2018 Logo from NHCP

In celebration of the Philippine Independence Day, I made a simple pubmat for work to announce that offices are closed today. Unfortunately, after hours of working on it yesterday, I ended up posting a design that turned out to be in violation of the law.

But before you get alarmed and run around in circles with a pitchfork and a torch, let me tell you what happened. Yesterday, I searched for the proper way of placing the Philippine flag vertically, to verify if the positions I made of the blue and red are correct. And my memory served me right, the blue is on the left. But because we were sent home at 3:00 p.m. yesterday, due to Typhoon Domeng, I just brought my files back home to finish it. I polished it this morning then ended up posting my 5th revision when I suddenly thought of double-checking again, just to make sure. And seconds after I posted it, I saw the Do's and Don'ts of the Philippine Flag and immediately deleted my post. Good thing it was only online for less than 3 minutes and I was able to delete it before someone saw. And of course, ignorance of the law excuses no one, and because I work in an educational institution, I should be extra careful.

But to counter-check this article online, I have to look for his source. Although he posted a dead link, I was able to find the updated link. Upon searching for sample posters online, I also discovered that a lot of websites are unknowingly posting flyers that are in violation of Republic Act No. 8491: “An Act Prescribing the Code of the National Flag, Anthem, Motto, Coat-of-Arms and other Heraldic Items and Devices of the Philippines” or also known as the “Flag and Heraldic Code of the Philippines.

"It is prohibited to add any word, figure, mark, picture, design, drawings, advertisement, or imprint of any nature on the National flag."
So, I quickly made another design from scratch. And in less than 10 minutes, I posted a new one. Yikes! But, compared to the one I made for hours (with text and logo on top of the flag itself), hopefully, this is more acceptable.

I'm posting this to help spread awareness of the declining reverence for the Philippine Flag. Every designer should be careful in placing the Philippine flag unto their work.

Other notable prohibitions that may affect designs:
(based on Section 34 of the Flag and Heraldic Code)

Using as a drapery, festoon, tablecloth
As a pennant in the hood, side, back and top of motor vehicles
As trademarks or for industrial, commercial or agricultural labels or designs
Wearing the flag in whole or in part as a costume or uniform
Printing, painting or attaching representation of the flag on handkerchiefs, napkins, cushions, and other articles of merchandise
Using, displaying or being part of any advertisement of infomercial

I hope this post is helpful, especially to those who make posters and pubmats or other designs. To read the full list, please visit the reference links below. So, Happy Independence Day! Remember to always respect the flag, for it is not just a symbol of our nation, but also of our freedom.

Palafox, Q. (2012). The Declining Reverence for the Philippine Flag - National Historical Commission of the Philippines. National Historical Commission of the Philippines. Retrieved from
Republic Act No. 8491 (1998). Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines. Retrieved from


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