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Philippine National Day
Maker: Rayvan Gonzalez; Royal Chicano Air Force (RCAF)
Date Made: 1978
Place Made: United States: California, Sacramento
Measurements: 55.5 cm x 43.2 cm; 21 7/8 in x 17 in
Main Subject: Asian Americans; Philippines (Asia)
Materials: paper (fiber product)
Philippine National Day Barrio Fiesta Celebrate Our Rich Heritage Unite the Generations Miller Park June 10, 1978 11am-4pm
Acquisition Number: 1995-011
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In this poster the artist references the sun of the Filipino flag designed in 1898. The sun represents the dawning of a new era of self-determination after the Spanish-American war and the U.S. promise of independence (which was not granted until 1946). The 8 rays on the sun stand for the 8 provinces that rose in revolt against Spanish rule in the late 19th century. The 3 stars (on the flag) stand for the 3 principal geographic areas of the country- Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao. The reference further points to the similarities in history between Chicanos and Filipinos, not only sharing barrios and struggles today but also sharing a common history.