The flag has always been the most recognized symbol of national pride. That is why for the past hundred years of our independence, Filipinos have tried every imaginable way of recreating this symbol of freedom. From the most basic art paper and fabric to the mass of people forming a gigantic mosaic representation, the Philippine flag has even become a trendy fashion statement that now adorns shirts, jackets, and even the presidential barong.

To mark the nation’s 112th year of independence, Ayala Land has brought together nature, creativity and nationalism to create the country’s first living flag. Composed of almost four thousand flowering plants and measuring 150 square meters it is literally a living symbol of our independence.

The flag was unveiled last June 9, as part of this year’s celebrations and is on display at the Ayala Triangle Gardens.

“Since the Gardens opened to the public in 2009, it has provided a green refuge for urban dwellers and has served as a venue for shared experiences in Makati,” says Meean Dy, head of Ayala Land’s Strategic Landbank Management Group. ‘With Independence day coming up, we are launching the “I he(art) Makati. I heart the Philippines. I heart being free.” series of events that hope to showcase the Gardens and celebrate the Filipino spirit. This is one of them.”

The Ayala Triangle Gardens, the city’s main cultural and civic hub will serve as the backdrop to the living flag, its lush foliage and spacious lawns perfectly complementing the creative display of nationalism. Activities will kick off on June 9th with the unveiling of the living flag. Adjacent installations will also provide historical facts and tidbits about the Philippine flag.

Aside from the living flag, Ayala Land has also transformed the Legazpi and Sedeño underpasses into the City’s first pedestrian art galleries.  Entitled “Looking for Juan” and “Everyday Filipino Heroes”, the exhibits will feature artworks of Bencab, Elmer Borlongan, Sajid Imao, Plet Bolipata and many others. The project aims to bring art closer to the public and make walking a more pleasurable experience.

Finally, an on-the-spot contest open to the public for kids, teens and adults will be held on June 19 at the Ayala Triangle Gardens. Free photography sessions by noted professionals, activities for kids and festive photo opportunities at the Gardens. Prizes also await the best vintage personal photographs taken in Makati which will be submitted on the day.

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