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The Coat of Arms of Bp. Pabillo, Apostolic Vicar of Taytay in Palawan

Updated: May 26

from Apostolic Vicariate of Taytay, Northern Palawan Facebook page


On the dexter side is the ecclesiastical arms of the Roman Catholic Apostolic Vicariate of Taytay. At the center on a yellow background is a cross, the top of which is similar to a pastoral staff, representing Christ, the Good Shepherd, who is the center of the Apostolic Vicariate. The cross is made of bamboo because Taytay means a bamboo bridge.


At the middle of the cross is a wooden hammer representing Saint Joseph the Worker, the titular patron of the Apostolic Vicariate. Superimposed on the cross are the Marian monogram and a map of the ecclesiastical jurisdiction of Taytay in Palawan. Constituting the Marian monogram is a cast net with fishes on one end and a paddy field with a carabao on the other end, representing the livelihood most common in the area. It represents the close connection of Mary with the redemptive mission of Jesus, with Mary as the intercessor of fisherfolks and farmers who the Apostolic Vicariate serves.

At the upper left of the cross is a fort representing the historic Fuerza de Santa Isabel, a fortification built by the Augustinian Recollect Fathers to protect their missions and their faithful from the depredations of the Moros from the south. On the upper right are three islands and boats, depicting the situation of the vicariate as mission territory. At the base is an image of a family representing the domestic church and the Basic Ecclesial Communities as the mission and hope of the vicariate.


At the sinister side is the personal coat of arms of Bishop Pabillo pertaining to his life and ministry. The color blue (Azure) symbolizes the soul’s detachment from worldly values and its ascent toward God. The movement of the color blue depicts how heavenly virtues raise us from the things of the earth towards the things of heaven. The color white (Argent) represents transparency in truth and justice, advocacies that Bishop Pabillo upholds.


In the center field is the paraw, a traditional Filipino outrigger sailboat, set upon the heraldic symbol of the sea. The sail of the paraw is the Bible, highlighting the Bishop’s love of the study of God’s Word in Holy Scriptures. The Greek letters Alpha and Omega in red express the love of the Father, which is the beginning and end of our pilgrimage on earth. Atop the sail is a flame, the symbol of the Holy Spirit, who lights and guides our journey. The flame is colored gold, which represents the Spirit’s gift of faith, through which we can understand the authentic Christian meaning of our pilgrimage of life.


On the upper left of the field is a six-peaked mountain in heraldic style which recalls the taraw or the limestone mountains that are common in Palawan where Bishop Pabillo had his pastoral ministry prior to his elevation to the episcopacy. On the upper right is a bahay kubo, the house of the simple folk in the Philippines, conveying the Bishop’s dedication in giving preferential option for the poor.


The motto of Bishop Pabillo, FIDES IN CARITATE, is taken from Galatians 5:6, “the only thing that counts is faith working through love.” The Bishop’s life, ministry, and spirituality center on faith founded on Sacred Scripture and expressed in love for others.


The ecclesiastical coat of arms of the Roman Catholic Apostolic Vicariate of Taytay

At the center on a yellow background is a cross, the top of which is similar to a pastoral staff, representing Christ, the Good Shepherd, who is the center of the Apostolic Vicariate. The cross is made of bamboo because Taytay means a bamboo bridge.

At the middle of the cross is a wooden hammer representing Saint Joseph the Worker, the titular patron of the Apostolic Vicariate. Superimposed on the cross are the Marian monogram and a map of the ecclesiastical jurisdiction of Taytay in Palawan. Constituting the Marian monogram is a cast net with fishes on one end and a paddy field with a carabao on the other end, representing the livelihood most common in the area. It represents the close connection of Mary with the redemptive mission of Jesus, with Mary as the intercessor of fisherfolks and farmers who the Apostolic Vicariate serves.


At the upper left of the cross is a fort representing the historic Fuerza de Santa Isabel, a fortification built by the Augustinian Recollect Fathers to protect their missions and their faithful from the depredations of the Moros from the south. On the upper right are three islands and boats, depicting the situation of the vicariate as mission territory. At the base is an image of a family representing the domestic church and the Basic Ecclesial Communities as the mission and hope of the vicariate.



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