About

An armorial is a collection of coats of arms, usually consisting of rows of painted pictures of shields, each shield accompanied by the name of the person bearing the arms. (Wikipedia)

The Philippine Armorial is an educational website about personal and family heraldry in the Philippines and of Filipinos around the world. Our goal is to expand appreciation and knowledge of Philippine heraldry: a unique combination of Spanish and American influences with our own local symbolism. We hope to celebrate our heraldic contributions to the world, and inspire more Filipinos to adopt their own coats of arms.

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Add your coat of arms to the Philippine Armorial

Everyone with a connection to the Philippines – Philippine citizens or residents as well as everyone of Philippine heritage – is welcome to add their coats of arms to our Gallery. We are also happy to publish your arms, badges and other heraldic devices, blazon and background information on our pages. Please contact us at philippinearmorial@gmail.com or on our Contact page.

Our shield

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Our shield adopts the traditional Spanish shape, with vertical sides and a round bottom, reflecting the European colonization that brought heraldry to the Philippines. To honor the republican ideals of our time under American occupation, the shield is kept unadorned, without supporters or crest. At the heart of the shield is the letter “A” in traditional Baybayin script, which stands for Armorial. Along with the Philippine sun and stylized kalasag shield, it represents the heraldic heritage the Philippine Armorial aims to celebrate and promote.

Learn more

Join the Filipino Heraldry Society and the Philippine Heraldry and Vexillology group on Facebook to learn and share more about heraldry in the Philippines.

The American College of Heraldry has an excellent introduction to heraldry and also provides registration services.

The American Heraldry Society is also an excellent introduction to heraldry, especially about American and republican traditions that influence Philippine practice today.

Watawat is a comprehensive resource on flags and other symbols of the Philippines from the pre-colonial period to the present.

The Coat of Arms Database is a collection of coats of arms of thousands of individuals, as described in various heraldic reference documents. If you are able to prove you are related to one of the individuals, you might be entitled to inherit and use their shield as well.

Copyrighted coats of arms are shared here as fair use for teaching purposes and comment. Learn more about fair use in the Philippines and the United States.