UPDATE (06 July 2015, 8:47 AM):
We were informed that this photo has been taken some two or three years ago, and it has been taken down from the model’s and photographer’s website ever since. Also, this source told us that the ones who did the project are US citizens and the shoot was done in the US.
Still, we should take this as a reminder of how to treat and not to treat our Philippine flag. It is a symbol of the country and it should always be treated with great respect.
A photo of a model who appears to be in nude and uses the Philippine flag as a covering for her body has been circulating online.
The photo was shared by Bihirang Klase on Facebook with the following caption:
Makatwiran ba ang Gawaing ito? Hindi na nga tayo nirerespeto ng ibang Bansa? Tapus tayo mismo binabalasubas ang Sariling atin? Anung Klaseng Filipino ka ba kabayan?
Paki-kalat at Paki-Share po para makarating sa Kinauukulan!!!
Is this rational to do? (That’s why) we aren’t respected by other countries. Then, it is us who defame ourselves? What kind of Filipino are you?
Please share this to reach proper authorities.
The photo is as follows.
According to the Republic Act No. 8491 (Flag and Heraldic Code of the Philippines), the following are prohibited acts with regards to the Philippine flag.
Section 34. It shall be prohibited
c. To use the flag:
1. As a drapery, festoon, tablecloth
2. As covering for ceilings, walls, statues or other objects;
3. As a pennant in the hood, side, back and top of motor vehicles;
4. As a staff or whip;
5. For unveiling monuments or statues; and
6. As trademarks or for industrial, commercial or agricultural labels or designs.
e. To wear the flag in whole or in part as a costume or uniform;
We are not sure what is the intention for using the flag in this photo shoot. However, many netizens found this improper because many have died for the flag and it should be treated with utmost respect. Some commented that what was done is a disgrace to the symbol of our country. Others say it was disrespectful, done in bad taste, and just seeking attention.
Just last June, we posted a story about the mishap on the incorrect printing of the Philippine flag on SEA Games uniform. It seems that the flag was sewn upside down, with the red field on top and the blue field at the bottom, which is only done in time of war.
What do you think of the use of the Philippine flag in these photos?
Share your thoughts with us.