The Puerto Rican flag is rich in history, meaning, and national-cultural pride. The white star stands for the commonwealth of Puerto Rico, while the three sides of the equilateral triangle together symbolize the three branches of the Republican government. The three red stripes represent the blood that feeds those parts of the government. The two white stripes are expressing peoples’ rights and the freedom of the individual. Ask any local, and they will surely share their nostalgic conviction in regard to the Puerto Rican flag with enthusiasm. Such is the pride of the Puertorriqueño, El Jibarito, and Afro-Taino that no matter where they are, whether on the Island or abroad, you will see them showing their flag.