Meet the makers of Philippine flags

by Kathlyn Dela Cruz,

Posted at Jun 12 2014 09:46 PM | Updated as of Oct 14 2016 12:04 PM

MANILA - Flag-making in the Philippines is not a profitable business.

However, Luningning Tan Gatue still wants to continue her family's business out of passion.

Atlas Super Flags is a company that specializes in the making of the Philippine flags. It has been operating since the 1920s.

The 83-year-old Tan Gatue said they do not earn much from the business of flag-making.

She said the demand for flags is only "seasonal," compared to the demand, for example, for food or clothes.

The demand for flags is only high when the country celebrates Independence Day on June 12 every year, she told radio dzMM on Thursday.

"And in a building of around how many thousand people, [there is] only one Philippine flag," she added.

Despite this, she has continued the business and even passed it on to her son, Gregory, who is now the fourth-generation owner of Atlas Super Flags.

"Nagdo-donate na nga kami kapag may nakikita kaming [lumang flag] eh para lang palitan nila," Tan Gatue said.

She said Filipinos must be proud of the flag since it symbolizes their freedom. They must also always respect and honor it, she added.

"Mahalin nila yung ating bandila. Kailangan i-respect nila. Pag meron silang nakikitang flag ceremony, huminto sila."