The red and blue colours on the Philippine flag can be rearranged to communicate whether or not the country is at war. When red is on top, then the country is at war but when blue is on top, then the country is at peace.

Regrettably, Facebook (like many of us non-Filipinos) didn’t know this as the banner it created for its Filipino users to share in celebration of their independence day, (which happened to be yesterday) was the inverted flag with red on top.

Once Facebook was made aware of its error, it apologised in a statement to the Philippine Star  saying “This was unintentional, and we’re sorry…We care deeply about the community in the Philippines and, in an attempt to connect people on Independence Day, we made a mistake.”

No sweat Facebook, we’re all very sure it wasn’t intentional.