Ian Joseph Riñon

Emblazonment by the Armiger.
Emblazonment by the Armiger.
Attributed arms of the Riñon family, used as the basis for the Armiger’s personal arms. Emblazonment by the Armiger.

Ian Joseph Riñon was born in Quezon City and lives in Bacoor, Cavite. He is the first born son of Bernardo Riñon and Quioteria Umandap. The Armiger has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila. He is an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion at Our Mother of Perpetual Help Parish, Springville Heights and is also affiliated to the Knights of Columbus of the said parish. Riñon is also a military reservist affiliated to a unit under the Armed Forces of the Philippines Reserve Command.

Description and symbolism:

The red shield and gold chevron is drawn from the base design of the Riñon family’s attributed arms. The golden chevron represents the Mayon Volcano, which is a popular sight in the Armiger’s paternal family’s hometown of Oas in the province of Albay, around 500 kilometres from Manila.

As both a Catholic and a Filipino, the two swords represent his dual aspiration of serving both Church and nation. The golden bugle represents his academic background. The crosses flory are a reference to the argent and sable crosses flory commonly associated with the Dominicans or Blackfriars, with the colors adjusted to respect heraldic norms. The Armiger’s bachelor degree was earned from the University of Santo Tomas, a Blackfriar institution. The crest also reflects his alma mater, whose athletic mascot is that of a tiger.

The motto is taken from Psalm 144, the Armiger’s favorite.

Blazon: Shield: Gules on a Chevron Or three Crosses Flory quarterly Gules and Sable, in chief two Swords points downward Argent pommeled and hilted Or, in base a Bugle-horn stringed Or.

Crest: A natural demi-Tiger rampant proper.

Motto: Benedictus Dominus Deus Meus (“Blessed be the Lord my strength [who teacheth my hands to war and my fingers to fight]”)

Image and information submitted by the Armiger. Blazon assistance provided by the International Association of Amateur Heralds Design Assistance Service.

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