Diana Mayo Magallanes was born in Victorias, Negros Occidental and lives in Quezon City. She is a businesswoman by profession, and wife of the Rev. Willy C. Magallanes. She is the third daughter of Col. (ret’d.) Elpidio Mayo, from whom she inherited the arms. Serving in the Kabataang Baranggay as one of the pioneer chairpersons, she pursued a career in accounting and later, in a socio-civic non-government organization serving the plight of juvenile delinquents. She left corporate work to become a housewife and engage in business.
Description and symbolism:
The design incorporates three floral symbols. The sampaguita is the national flower of the Philippines, representing Col. (ret’d.) Mayo’s Filipino heritage. The plum blossom is the national flower of the Republic of China, symbolizing his Chinese heritage. The yew tree reflects the origins of the Mayo surname (Maigh Eo) and the Irish heritage of the first Mayo patriarch, a soldier in the British East India Company who settled in the Province of Batangas.
The chevron, a shape commonly used in armed forces ranks, harkens to his military profession and being a war veteran. The three diamonds refer to his commission as a Police Colonel, commonly depicted as a grouping of three insignia; in the Irish style, they also recall the heritage of the family patriarch.
The colors red, white, and blue are derived from the colors of the flag of the Republic of China.
Blazon: Shield: Per chevron Azure and Gules on a chevron Argent three lozenges quartered with triple knots Vert between in chief dexter a sampaguita blossom leafed, in sinister a plum blossom all Argent, in base a yew tree Proper.
Crest: A bald eagle displayed wings elevated Proper grasping by the dexter claws a fasces Or.
Motto: Ní neart go cur le chéile (“There’s no strength without unity”)
Assumed/granting authority: Assumed and attributed posthumously to the Armiger’s father by the Armiger’s son, August 8, 2021. Registered, Philippine Armorial, August 12, 2021.
Information and image submitted by the Armiger’s son.
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