Brent Joash Ascaño is a private individual born and raised in Cagayan de Oro City. He currently resides in Quezon City, Metro Manila.
Description and symbolism:
Shield: The variation and the colors of the field are a reference to the armiger’s education (blue and white are his school’s colors). The armiger chose the swan as the main charge as it traditionally symbolizes grace and beauty as well as everlasting love and loyalty as swans are known to be monogamous creatures. Moreover, the black color of the swan symbolizes the armiger’s passion for discovery and his belief that anything is possible which is in reference to the fact that black swans were believed to be non-existent until they were discovered. The balance scales held by the swan symbolizes justice but is also an allusion to the armiger’s astrological sign, Libra. The trefoil in the chief represents the armiger’s immediate family as he is an only child and the crosses symbolize his Christian faith and heritage. The color of the chief symbolizes blood ties and intimacy.
Crest: Overall, the crest symbolizes the armiger’s origin. The coconut palm trees are a reference to his parents’ respective hometowns where coconuts are mainly grown. The heraldic dolphin represents the “Oro,” the gigantic river monster with golden scales from local folklore in Cagayan de Oro city, the armiger’s birthplace.
Motto: The primary motto below the shield, Suum Cuique (which translates to “To each his/her own”), reflects the armiger’s respect for a person’s individuality and uniqueness and his belief in minding one’s own business. It can also be translated as “may all get their due” so in addition, it is a reminder that despite our freedom of choice, we should be aware of the consequences of our actions and take responsibility. The secondary motto above the crest is the old Tagalog phrase, “hiraya manawari” written in the Baybayin script which literally translates to “hope it happens/comes true” or sometimes translated to “reach your dreams.”
Badge: The symbolism of this emblem is the same as the other elements of the arms except the swan has a chain necklace with a Latin “A” pendant, the initial of the Armiger’s family name.
Blazon: Escutcheon: Chevronny of eight Azure and Argent, a swan rousant, wings addorsed and inverted Sable, langued, beaked and membered Gules, holding on the dexter a scales Or, on a chief Gules a trefoil between two crosses pattée Or. Crest: On a wreath of the colors, on water barry wavy Azure and Argent, in front of three coconut palm trees fructed proper, a [heraldic] dolphin naiant Or. Motto: Suum cuique (“To each his own”); Hiraya manawari in Baybayin script (“Reach your dreams”). Badge: On a plate, a swan rousant wings inverted Sable, beaked and membered Gules, gorged with a chain a pendant therefrom a Latin A Or, holding on the dexter foot a scales of the last, all within an annulet Azure fimbriated and inscribed SUUM CUIQUE • HIRAYA MANAWARI (in Baybayin) • in letter Or.
Assumed/granting Authority: Assumed, August 2020.
Information and image submitted by the Armiger.