Later in the movement against Spain, the Katipunan was dissolved. There were several different types of flags used during the Philippine revolution by individuals, groups, forces, and commanders. The flag shown above is an example of a formal flag recognized by others that eventually led up to the development of the national and current Filipino Flag.
The color of these prototype flags were usually colored red to symbolize the Philippine forces’ valor and courage against Spain. They also are known as the "Flags of the Revolution" during the Philippine revolution.
Back when the Katipunan group was formed in revolt against Spain, commander Andrés Bonifacio demanded his partner, Gregoria de Jesús, to create a flag for the society.
Examples of variations in the Filipino Flag are: three K’s positioned in the form of the triangle and others with just one K going across.
De Jesús devised a simple red Filipino Flag bearing the society's acronym, KKK, in white and also positioned the letters horizontally in the center of the Filipino Flag. The style above is also known as the first. As the movement progressed, other Katipunan fighters created different variations of the flag to their liking; however, they all had the same meaning though; “we Filipinos, will fight for our country”.
When movement against Spain heated up, the Magdiwang faction of the Katipunan, run under the complete command of Mariano Álvarez, used a Filipino Flag that contained a white star with a symbol in the middle and a red background.
The Magdalo faction of the Katipunan, run under Emilio Aguinaldo’s command, utilized a Filipino Flag similar to the Magdiwang factions' (Listed above); it featured a white sun with a symbol in the middle.
The sun had 8 rays which portrayed the eight provinces which Spain colonial authorities put under martial legislation – Manila, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Bulacan, Pampanga, Bataan, and Nueva Ecija. In the current Filipino Flag, a person can see why the sun has eight rays; it was because of this!
The Katipunan's commander, Andrés, had a private Filipino Flag that showed a white sun with three K’s below it. It had a red background and the K’s were horizontal down.
This was unveiled on August 23, 1896 during the Weep of Pugadlawin, where the Katipunan fighters tore their tax certificates in defiance of Spanish authority. This style of the Filipino Flag was applied later on during the Fight of San Juan del Monte on August 30, 1896, the initial fight of the Philippine Movement.
General Mariano Llanera, who fought in the provinces of Bulacan, Tarlac, Pampanga, and Nueva Ecija, used a black background alongside a white K and a skull. The name of it is known as “Bungo ni Llanera or Llanera’s.
General Pio del Pilar used a red banner Filipino Flag with a white triangle harboring a sun, and 3 red K’s. At just the center of the triangle there was the sun and a mountain.
The flag was called “Bandila ng Matagumpay” (Flag Of the Triumphants) and first used on July 11, 1895. This style of the Philippine flag was one of the first to used the eight rayed sun in it’s design.
Later in the years, General Gregorio del Pilar designed another style of the Filipino Flag which included the ‘style’ of the flag used today; one equilateral triangle with two stripes going across.
The colors were dark blue, black, and red and was thought of from Cuba’s flag in their revolt against Spain.
At the Naic Assembly of March 17, 1897, the Katipunan armed forces leaders decided to adopt a new design of the flag. This new style was depticted with a white sunshine, eight rays, and a face on the sun.
The Filipino Flag was used for less than one year after being created when the Spain finalized a truce against the Philippines on December 14th – 15th, 1897.