The Story Behind Llanera's Skull and Crossbones Flag

The flags of the Philippine revolution all have stories to tell. Behind their colors and markings were symbolisms and beliefs of its bearers.

It started when Andres Bonifacio requested the creation of a flag to represent the revolutionary society Katipunan, and Gregoria de Jesus made a red war banner bearing its initials. Red was the color of choice, as a representation of the blood of its members being used to sign their names. The later designs of the flags that followed all adopted the same color, despite the changes in the markings. In fact, for some people, red became associated with the Katipunan and its banners—although one flag stood out among its peers for being different.