Seal of the Vice President of the Philippines

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Seal of the Vice President of the Philippines
Sagisag ng Pangalawang Pangulo ng Pilipinas
Seal of the Vice President of the Republic of the Philippines.svg
Armiger Vice President of the Philippines
Adopted 1947 (current definition from 2004)
Escutcheon A circular white shield with an eight-rayed golden-yellow Philippine sun at the center. Overlapping the Philippine sun is a red equilateral triangle. Inside and at the center of the equilateral triangle is the traditional golden-yellow sea lion (Ultramar) of the Coat-of-Arms granted to the City of Manila in 1596, on guard with a sword on its right paw, at hilt. Inside and at the corner of each of the three (3) angles of the equilateral triangle, a five-pointed golden-yellow star to represent Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, respectively.
Use On documents from the vice president to members of government, and as a symbol on vice presidential vehicles, podiums, and other places

The Seal of the Vice President of the Philippines (Filipino: Sagisag ng Pangalawang Pangulo ng Pilipinas) is a symbol used to represent the history and dignity of the vice president of the Philippines. Its design was prescribed by Executive Order № 310 of 2004, and is similar in design to the Seal of the President of the Philippines.

Description and Symbolism[edit]

The seal is composed of the coat-of-arms of the Vice President, which, according to Executive Order № 310 of 2004 consists of:

The coat-of-arms is then surrounded by a blue circle. The upper arc of the white circle contains the words SAGISAG NG PANGALAWANG PANGULO NG PILIPINAS ("Seal of the Vice President of the Philippines") in white letters. The bottom of the outer rim is marked with one five-pointed white star.


The seal was first defined in 1947 by Executive Order № 38 signed by President Manuel Roxas, in which the Presidential Flag and Seal were created. It indicated that the Vice Presidential Seal will follow the pattern of the President's, except that the sun and sea-lion were to be blue to create a distinction.[1] After President Elpidio Quirino amended Roxas' order, he changed the design of the coat of arms, and ordered that it will be identical to the President's, but without the ring of stars.[1] This version of the arms and seal was used until 1972 when the office was abolished by Martial Law and subsequently excluded from the original text of the 1973 Constitution.

After the position was restored in 1986, a literal reading of Quirino's order caused confusion as to the appearance of the coat-of-arms and seal.[1] Thus, the government adopted the seal with a similar design to the President's with a blue background but no circle of stars and it is surrounded by text contains the words SEAL OF THE VICE PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINES, with a single, blue dot in the space between the beginning and end of the text.

To create a distinction between the Presidential and Vice Presidential coat-of-arms and seal, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in 2004 signed Executive Order № 310, defining the design of both positions' coats-of-arms, seals and flags. The first Vice President to use this version of the seal was Noli De Castro.

Evolution of the Vice Presidential Seal[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Executive Order No. 310, Manuel L. Quezon III

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