How I Redesign 11 Non-Metro Manila City Flags?

Dedicated to the Philippine Vexillological Association and Jenine Shiongshu

As I said last Monday, today is still part of the Flag Days. This attracted me to tackle the interest of vexillology.

In 2015, I made a #JuanPilipinas side project to end the bland and apathetic seals on a bedsheet template on 81 provinces and 17 Metro Manila local government units, giving them the banner of their civic pride. No, Batangas, putting blue and red fringe above and below the white background still doesn’t make you better.

In my YouTube video, this is how I conceive the redesign (if they have officially adopted) or a concept (if they haven’t) on 11 out of 129 non-Metro Manila cities.

For those who cannot understand what I said in the video, I’ll enumerate them comprehensively.


City of San Fernando, Pampanga

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  • BASIS: Culture
  • COLORS: White, green and gold (from the current seal-on-a-bedsheet flag and seal)
  • SYMBOLS: Giant Lantern (for obvious reason and aspirations), Encircled rope of 35 twists (for barangays and strength) and a 10-tooth Gear (from the city seal, act as a rotor for progress)

Baguio City

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  • BASIS: Geography
  • COLORS: Green, Gold and Red
  • SYMBOLS: Four gold coins (mines), Diagonal (zigzag road) and background (pine trees and mountains)

Antipolo City

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  • BASIS: Geography and Culture
  • COLORS: Blue, White and Green
  • SYMBOLS: Hills/Cathedral’s Dome (Geographic situs), Marian Star above two five-pointed stars (Our Lady of Peace and Voyage), Blue Division on the hill (Hinulugang Taktak)

Naga City (Camarines Sur)

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  • BASIS: Religious, Geography and Culture
  • COLORS: Green, Gold and Red
  • SYMBOLS: Heart (Heart of Bicol), Triangle (Mt. Isarog), Pall (seat of Archdiocese of Caceres and convergence of two historical rivers)

Legazpi City (Albay)

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  • BASIS: Geography, History and Etymology
  • COLORS: Blue, Gold and Red
  • SYMBOLS: Truncated Cross of Burgundy (Miguel Lopez de Legazpi and Mt. Mayon), Three-pointed star (transportation hub)

Cebu City

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  • BASIS: Religious and History
  • COLORS: Gold, Red, White and Black (from the City Seal)
  • SYMBOLS: Raiment of Santo Nino, Magellans Cross and ten eighted-pointed stars (for 80 barangays)

Dumaguete City

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  • BASIS: History and Culture
  • COLORS: Gold, Brown and Blue (from the City Seal)
  • SYMBOLS: Negros Star (from the short-lived Negros Republic) and Silliman University’s Gate of Knowledge

Iloilo City

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  • BASIS: History and Culture
  • COLORS: Blue, Gold and Red (from the City Seal)
  • SYMBOLS: Fort (old way to guard the coast) and seven-pointed sun (districts)

Cagayan de Oro

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  • BASIS: Culture and Geography
  • COLORS: Blue and Gold
  • SYMBOLS: Middle Blue Band (Cagayan River), Abstract motif suggesting CDO (“City of Golden Friendship”)

Davao City

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  • BASIS: Culture and Geography
  • COLORS: Green, White and Goldenrod
  • SYMBOLS: Trapezoid (Mt. Apo) and Durian with 11 Spikes (Pride and 11 Districts)

Marawi City

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  • BASIS: Culture and Geography
  • COLORS: Green, Gold and Blue
  • SYMBOLS: Simplified Islamic arch (home to Mindanao’s Kilometer Zero) and Blue shape (Lake Lanao)

Have another city to conceptualize? Do drop us.

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