Who is our national hero? We all know the National Hero is Jose Rizal, but do you know that the designation is not official? The same is true for other national symbols like the national animal (kalabaw), national fruit (mango), national dance (tinikling, later changed by DepEd to carinosa), national house (bahay-kubo), national vehicle (jeepney), national food (adobo), national clothing (baro’t saya for women and barony tagalog for men). As of this writing, there are only 10 national symbols that are officially sanctioned: (1) Pambansang Awit or National Anthem: Lupang Hinirang; (2) National Symbol; (3) National Flag; (4) Pambansang Wika or National Language: Filipino; (5) Pambansang Bulaklak or National Flower: Sampaguita, sought to be changed to waling-waling; (6) Pambansang Puno or National Tree: Narra; (7) Pambansang Ibon or National Bird: Philippine Eagle; (8) Pambansang Laro or National Sport: Arnis; (9) National Gem: South Sea Pearl; and (10) National Motto: “Maka-Diyos, Maka-Tao, Makakalikasan, at Makabansa“. While you’re berating yourself for not knowing that there’s a national motto, watch this news video:
Video and screen grab courtesy of youtube/ ABS-CBN.