The National Flag of the Philippines has several defining characteristics. The golden-yellow sun’s 8 rays represent the provinces with significant involvement in the Philippine-Spanish Revolution. The 3 stars represent the major islands of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. In the original design the white symbolizes liberty, equality, and fraternity; the blue symbolizes peace, truth, and justice; while the red represents patriotism, and valor. When the flag is flown red side on top this indicates the country is in a state of war. This patch design was inspired in part by the US Military’s IR flag currently in use.