The Reverend Dr John Brilliantes is a past military chaplain (Major), originally from Banate, Iloilo.
Description and symbolism:
The shield is a quartering of the arms inherited from the armiger’s father, Eduardo Brillantes y Madrid, registered with the Cronista de Armas de Castillia y León on 28 January 2006, and the corporate arms of the Balderas-Baviera clan.
Blazon: Shield: Quarterly; 1st & 4th; Sable, three passion nail’s in fess surrounded by a crown of thorns, which is in turn surrounded by seven fleurs de lis in orle, all Or. 2nd & 3rd; Azure, an Eagle displayed Or charged on the breast with an escutcheon Gules a cross ensigned with a coronet and in chief an estoile of eight points between two fleur-de-lis also Or.
Crest: A demi lion Or holding with its dexter arm the cross of St James Or.
Motto: Dominus Fortitudo (“The Lord is my Strength”)
Assumed/granting authority: Assumed, 1997. Confirmed, Cronista de Armas de Castilla y León, Prot. N. 8/2006, 28 January 2006. Registered, Bureau of Heraldry, Department of Arts and Culture of South Africa, Reference # H4/3/4/939: Government Gazette #34447, 15 July 2011; Document No. 750: 23 September 2011; Government Gazette # 34612, 23 September 2011; Certificate # 3775, 21 March 2012. Quartered arms recorded, Cronista de Armas de Castilla y León, Prot. N. 12/2019, 11 April 2019.