While we all adore the mix of blue, red, white, and yellow of our Philippine flag, it does not claim sole ownership of these colors. There are other banners that sport one or three of the same hues and bear a close resemblance to the design.
As such, it’s easy to confuse our own for another, say, in your Instagram stories. We’re human; it happens. Still, knowledge is power, so to save yourself from overly-critical Internet pundits, you can refer to this guide of doppelganger emoji flags to avoid.
The one we’re all familiar with. Blue at the top, red at the bottom, with a white triangle bearing a yellow sun and three stars, each representing the main islands of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Thanks to the country’s first-ever gold medalist, Hidilyn Diaz, it enjoys a surge in popularity.
This is a reminder that not every flag that a) has a horizontal line b) a triangle c) sports the red, white, and blue is the Philippines’. The flag of the Czech Republic remixes the placement of the colors, but with the notable absence of the yellow sun and stars.
Unless you’re a European who is somehow laying claim to Filipino achievements, best to stay away.
Probably the easiest to confuse with ours, Netherland’s Sint Maarten bears a close resemblance to the Philippine design, with the subtle difference of having switched the placement of the red and blue hues. It becomes similar to the Philippine flag during times of war.
However, one key contrast is that this European flag bears a coat of arms instead of the yellow sun and stars. Anyone above 50 could understandably miss out on this detail, given their failing eyesight and the emoji’s pint-sized nature in general.
So all in all, when it doubt, look for the yellow sun and stars. As far as we know, the Philippines has sole ownership of the design. If it doesn’t have that particular insignia, best to think twice.