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Flags and symbols of the Katipunan - 1

KATIPUNEROS

Illustration by C. Valino Jr. from the book " Kangkong 1896 " by C. S.C. Alabado .

ANDRES BONIFACIO,CALLED " THE SUPREMO ", FOUNDER OF THE KATIPUNAN.

ANDRES BONIFACIO PERSONAL STANDARD

This flag was made by Benita Rodriguez and Gregoria De Jesus ( Bonifacio's wife ) upon the request of Bonifacio.
As shown on the drawing the flag was a red rectangular piece of cloth, locally called "Kundiman " with three white K on it .

The adoption of the red color on the katipunan flags has origin in the various flags used in all the filipino, moro and malesian area as symbol of war and bravery ; anyway we can't exclude Andres Bonifacio used the red color on flags as a result of the reading of the book :" Les Miserables " by Victor Hugo,in wich it is spoken about the red flags and banners used during : "la Commune de Paris ", one of the first revolutionary riot against the french Monarchy.

FLAG OF THE KATIPUNAN 1896 circa

This flag was considered one of the first flags of the KKK, note the small letters, more small than in all the modern renditions of this flag, based on oral accounts.

IMAGE OF A KKK FLAG, AT THE AGUINALDO SHRINE, KAWIT, CAVITE
picture of jrac2002

KATIPUNAN FLAG 1896 circa

KATIPUNAN FLAG 1896 CIRCA

A flag of the katipuneros with the three K placed in triangular
form; a clear example of the connection between masonry and the revolutionary movement of the Katiupunan

KATIPUNAN FLAG 1896 circa

KATIPUNAN FLAG 1896 circa

KATIPUNAN STANDARD

This standard was flown in 1896 by the katipuneros on Noveleta (Cavite).At present it must be deposited on the National Museum of Manila.
The flag was the flag of the Magdiwang Council who had a bigger jurisdiction than the Magdalo Council of Emilio Aguinaldo; it included the following towns: Cavite (the capital ), San Roque, La Caridad, Noveleta, San Francisco de Malabon (at present Tanza), Naik, Maragondon, Ternate, Magallanes, Bailen (at present General Aguinaldo ) Indang, Alfonso, Amadeo and Mendez; later the three towns of Nasugbu, Looc and Tuy, of the Batangas province.

The Magdalo Council comprised the towns of Cavite el Viejo ( now Kawit ), Bacoor, Carmona , Dasmarinas, Imus and Silang, later the towns of Amadeo and Mendez , transferred from the Magdiwang Council to the Magdalo Council.

KATIPUNAN STANDARD
Rendition in color of the Katipunan standard shown before.
The letter on the white sun is the" K " in the old tagalog alphabet,called"baybaying "; K is the first letter of the word " Kalayaan" : "freedom" .

GENERAL MARIANO ALVAREZ

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