Leo Angelo Mercado de Castro is a Bachelor of Secondary Education student at Cavite State University – Main Campus, completing a Major in Social Studies. He was born and lives in Alfonso, Cavite, and is the first-born son of Ramil and Leah de Castro.
Description and symbolism:
The first and fourth quarters features a blue fleur de lys set on a golden field as an allusion to the Armiger’s ardent devotion to the Most Blessed Virgin Mary, under the title of “La Nuestra Senora de las Flores”. The Armiger is currently the President of the Kapisanan ng Flores de Mayo in his parish.
The second and third quarters feature a lion rampant set on a blue field, holding a book to symbolize the Armiger’s chosen career: the teaching profession. The lion also holds a censer as a symbol of the Armiger’s love and devotion to the Sacred Liturgy of the Roman Church. Finally, the lion rampant also alludes to the Armiger’s first name, Leo.
The red bordure with five gold stars and six gold palm leaves alludes to the martyrdom of the Armiger’s town patron. Saint John Nepomucene was thrown into the River Moldau on the order of Wenceslaus IV after refusing to violate the sacred Seal of the Confessional. It has been said that after the Martyr had drowned and attained his crown of glory, the Most Blessed Virgin Mary sent five stars from her crown to illuminate the body of the Saint. This evokes the Armiger’s special devotion to Tata Nepo, as the Saint is fondly called in his hometown of Alfonso.
The cross pommee is a homage to the attributed traditional coat of arms of Saint Michael the Archangel, the Armiger’s primary patron saint.
The motto is taken from the third line of the Rythmus of Saint Thomas of Aquinas (Adoro te Devote): “My whole heart submits to Thee”.
Blazon: Shield: Quarterly Or and Azure a cross pommée throughout counterchanged between in the first and fourth quarters a fleur-de-lis Azure, and in the second and third quarters a lion rampant Or armed and langued Gules holding in his forepaws, respectively, a closed book and a censer Or, all within a bordure Gules charged with five stars of five points and six palm branches Or shewn sunwise at the dexter side and counter-sunwise on the sinister side alternately.
Motto: Tibi se cor meum totum subicit (“My whole heart submits to Thee”)
Assumed/granting authority: Assumed, January 13, 2022. Registered, Philippine Armorial, January 21, 2022.
Description and image submitted by the Armiger. Blazon assistance kindly provided by Michael Y. Medvedev.