It took three women less than a week to sew. It was given to a man leaving Hong Kong aboard the ship McCullogh, bound for Manila. Several Weeks later that man, Emilio Aguinaldo, became the first president of the Philippine Republic. and the piece of cloth he carried home was unfurled on June 12th, 1898, before a jubilant crowd in Kawit, Cavite. Merci Melchor and Auri A. Yambao's BANDILA: THE STORY OF THE PHILIPPINE FLAG relives the historic events and battles that helped shape our glag, from the founding of the Katipunan to the "banner dear" we honor today. Within these pages young readers will discover that the story of the Philippine flag is, in truth, the riveting story of our nation.
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