The Seal of Cavite and Its Symbolisms

Seals, especially that of cities, greatly signifies and represents.

A seal may contain products, symbolisms, and people that a certain group takes pride of.
Such is the case of the seal of Cavite.

The Cavite seal stands for a lot of things that embody the totality of Cavite.

Here is a short history of the Cavite Seal and the meaning of its details: (lifted from

The current seal of Cavite City was designed by Mayor Timoteo O. Encarnacion, Jr. It was adopted by the Sangguniang Panlungsod through Resolution No. 140-90, then approved by the Local Executive on September 7, 1990. On November 3, 1993, the National Historical Institute and the president, through the Department of Interior and Local Government issued a Certificate of Registration recognizing the new seal.

The shield stands for bravery and fortitude. The colors red, white, blue, yellow stand for the loyalty of the people to its government. The inclusion of the rays portrays the role of Cavite as one of the original provinces that rose up in arms against Spanish domination in 1896 in the Philippine Revolution.

The white triangle inscribed within the shield with the letters KKK at the corners represents the part played by Cavite City in the organization of the Katipunan. Don Ladislao Diwa of the city was one of the triumvirate who organized the patriotic group. Many Katipuneros came from Cavite City.

Within the white triangle are symbols representing various events:
 At the bottom of the triangle is a fort with figures “1872”. It symbolizes the Cavite Mutiny of 1872 at the Arsenal de Cavite.
 At the background is a map of Cavite City, including the island of Corregidor. It represents the role of Corregidor as a part city’s history.
 The obelisk at the left memorializes the Thirteen Martyrs of Cavite who were executed by the Spaniards on September 12, 1896.
 The sheet music at the right symbolizes Julián Felipe, composer of the Philippine National Anthem.
 The sketch of the Royal Fort of San Felipe represents the role it played in the city and country’s history being the place where the Thirteen Martyrs of Cavite were detained and the Fort where the Cavite Mutiny of 1872 took place.
 The scroll on the uppermost portion of the triangle contains the City motto, in Chabacano dialect – “Para Dios y Patria” (“For God and Country”). It is in Chabacano to emphasize the native dialect of the city.
 The green laurel leaf encircling the right and left portions of the KKK triangle symbolizes victories by reason.


  1. As I read over this for my kids assignment, i realized the symbolic seal discussed here is not the Cavite province seal as shown in the pic. The seal mentiined and discussed here is for Cavite city..Cavite city is not Cavite province.

  2. lilia g. tiglao says:

    To assist my grandchild in her assignment, I was starting to translate in Fiipino what I thought was the symbolism of the seal of the Province of Cavite because it was the picture shown only to realize later that the article is for the seal of Cavite City. It is so confusing. Can you pls. post an article discussing the meaning of the seal of the Province of Cavite?

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