Here is my 1st Republic Flag. All of the elements are stitched together. What throws me is are the crescent moons and chain around the sun. I would first think that this was a Muslim motif. The Antiques Road Show that came by here last year thought that they may have been added later, but that the rest is authentic for sure. I don't know - what do you think?
That flag can't possibly be from the World War II era, since the design of the sun with the mythological face dates it to the revolutionary era. I also think the Muslims would have issues with the mythological face as being contrary to the rule against graven or drawn images.
"For beyond the ties of brotherhood that bind us, the Sigma Rho is our way of life."
The flag with the mythological sun started in 1898 until 1936 when President M. Quezon's law removed the mythological sun from the flag replacing it with a sun without eyes , nouse and mouth . i think we can say this flag was an "emergency flag " made by the guerrilleros of sulu and Mindanao , allied with filipinos and americans ,who fought the japanese army; the crescent and the chain were added later on a filipino "traditional" flag ; the four stars represented Sulu, Mindanao, Basilan and Palawan ; on the "modern" (1899 circa ) flag of the Sulu Sultanate we can find out five stars: Sulu, Palawan, Basilan ; Kalimantan and Sabah.... . as i told you before this flag was made in emergency so it didn't follow any kind of particular rule about colors and symbols .
For muslims to represent human images or other symbols is forbidden but we have many flags from Sulu and Mindanao that don't follow this rule...... .