Symbols can signify many things and domination, nationalism and national identity are no exclusion. The most common symbols of sovereignty
and nationhood are the national flag and national anthem but there many others, such as a pledge of allegiance. We give you the complete list of
our Philippine National Symbols or Pambansang Sagisag ng Pilipinas that has been recognized by Filipinos.
|Pambansang Puno or |
Philippine National Tree
Narra or Angsana (Pterocarpus indicus)
- Narra tree is a striking, large and strong shady tree. It is one of the most wanted wood for furniture but because there are only a few trees left, cutting down a Narra tree is no longer allowed. It is mostly found in Bicol, Mindanao and the Cagayan Valley forests. The Narra trees grow all over the Philippine islands and are mostly found and grown in Bicol, Mindanao and the Cagayan Valley forests.
|Pambansang Dahon or |
Philippine National Leaf
Anahaw or Fan palm (Livistona rotundifolia in Latin)
|Pambansang Prutas or |
Philippine National Fruit
Mangga (Mangifera indica)
|Pambansang Ibon or |
Philippine National Bird
|Agila ng Pilipinas or Philippine Eagle (Pithecophaga jeffery)|
- Philippine Eagle or also known as the monkey eating eagle stands over 3 feet (1m) tall. It has a large, sharp, curved beak. It has feathers that seem to bristle on its head. It is a giant forest raptor and is considered excellent hunters. It is considered one of the largest and most powerful eagles in the world and one of the world's rarest and definitely one of the world’s most seriously endangered vertebrate bird kind with only about 500 birds in the wild. It lives in tropical rain forests and it lays only one or two eggs each year. There are only a few of them now because of the disappearance of trees in our mountains.
|Pambansang Hayop or |
Philippine National Animal
Kalabaw or Carabao or water buffalo (Bubalus bubalis)
- The carabao or kalabaw in Filipino is a tamed type of water buffalo (Bubalus bubalis or sometimes bubalus carabanesis) in the Philippines. Being the farm animal of choice for pulling the plow and cart used to tow farm produce to the market, carabaos are warmly associated with farmers. Its life span is 18 to 20 years and the female carabao can deliver one calf each year.
|Pambansang Isda or |
Philippine National Fish
Bangus or Milkfish (Chanos chanos)
- Deboned milkfish, or "boneless bangus," has become popular in stores and markets because milkfish is known for being bonier than other food fish in the Philippines. Bangus is a popular table fare among Filipinos. To the biologist, it is a naturally strong fish since it is capable in adapting and thrives even in the limited, unusual environment of the fishpond. This feature is not frequently found in most other fish class.
| Pambansang Bulaklak or |
Philippine National Flower
|Sampaguita or Arabian Jasmine (Jasminium sambac)|
-Philippine Sampaguita flower is a white, star-shaped blossom which has a sweet fragrance. It opens at night and droops in less than a day. The white flowers are often made into wreath and its extract made into perfumes. Sampaguita is not a tree but a woody vine. The flower called was accepted as the National Flower of Philippines in 1934 which also happens to be the National Flower of Indonesia.
|Pambansang Pagkain or |
Philippine National Dish
Lechon or Roasted pig
|Pambansang Tirahan or |
Philippine National House
Bahay Kubo or Nipa Hut
Bahay kubo is a shelter made out of bamboo and palm leaves. It is a good place to take rest and eat typical food in the farm because of its material which allows good ventilation. The roof of the first Philippine houses, nipa huts, or bahay kubo, were high inclined and typically open gabled to allow for ventilation. The steeply sloping pitch also protected from the wind and rain in the typhoon season. The roof also provides wide extension roof space to provide shade from the hot sun.
|Pambansang Sayaw or |
Philippine National Dance
- The Tinikling is a dance from the Philippines which includes two people hitting bamboo poles or piece of wood, using them to beat, tap, and slide on the ground and against each other in harmonization with one or more dancers who will step over and dance in between the poles. When the bamboo closes, the dancers must be fast enough to not get their foot or feet caught. As the tinikling dance continues the banging of the bamboo becomes faster and harder, the sound of clashing bamboo excites the crowd and the quickness of feet demonstrated by the dancers awes them. The tinikling name came from birds locally known as Tikling. The term tinikling literally means "tikling-like".
|Pambansang Kasuotan Para sa Mga Lalaki or |
Philippine National Costume for Men
|Pambansang Kasuotan Para sa Mga Babae or Philippine National Costume for Women|
Baro at Saya
Pambansang Laro or
|Pambansang Bayani or |
Philippine National Hero
Dr. Jose Rizal
|Pambansang Sasakyan or|
Philippine National Vehicle
|Philippine National Gem|
South Sea pearls
- The color of south sea pearls is white to golden. Their extraordinary sizes are normally large which is between 9mm to as much as 19mm which made Philippine pearls very expensive. South Sea Pearl is very valuable. Its beauty and elegant gleam honor its reputation as "the queen of pearls". There are two basic groups of Philippine South Sea cultured pearls: white and black. Their colors range from white and silvery blue to pale gold. The golden or light-yellowish varieties abound in Philippine and Indonesian waters while white or silvery hues occur mainly in Australian waters.
|Pambansang Sapin Sa Paa or |
Philippine National Footwear
Bakya or wooden clogs
- Bakya or wooden clogs footwear is made from local light wood like santol and laniti. It is cut to the desired foot size before being shaven until smooth. The side of the bakya is thick enough to be carved with floral, geometric or landscape designs. Afterwards, the bakya could then be painted or varnished. Uppers of plastic or rubber will then be fixed firmly using clavitos or tiny nails and the bakya is now ready to wear. The word bakya may also be used in the Philippines to indicate something that is of "low-class", "unsophisticated" or "cheap".
|Pambansang Awit or Philippine National Anthem|
|Pambansang Wika or Philippine National Language||Filipino|
|Philippine National Motto||Maka-Diyos, Maka-Tao, Makakalikasan, at Makabansa (For the Love of God, People, Nature and Country)|
|Philippine National Pledges||Patriotic Pledge and Pledge of Allegiance to the Philippine Flag|
|Philippine Narional Patriotic Song||Pilipinas Kong Mahal, Bayan Ko|
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