The Official Seal of Silang

silang sealWhat is a seal? From the Latin sigillum, small figure or small image which is a device used to identify or represent an individual or institution.

The use of a seal as an official emblem dates back to antiquities when rulers used images to represent their name, reign, dynasty, jurisdiction or clan. During the middle ages, heraldic emblems functions to identify royal houses and kingdoms. Seals are placed on official documents, official buildings and even worn as rings to seal, authenticate or ratify waxed documents.

Today, logos function similarly with seals as definition of use is synonymous and commonly used by territories, governments, institutions and corporations to symbolize their existence, jurisdiction and/or authority.

Every town and province in the Philippines has its own seal, a custom just like in any parts of the world. Here in our country, the National Historical Institute controls and recommends for approval all government emblems executed by its Monuments and Heraldry Division. The final say is with the Office of the President who approves the official use of the design.

The current Silang seal is characterized on its outer rim by the name, Bayan ng Silang and its province Cavite equally juxtaposed on either side by three stars which represents Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. The next inner circle contains the stars that represent the number of barangays of the municipality. A shield is placed at the center of the emblem which is derived from the provincial seal of Cavite where the town is located.  All Cavite towns must bear the same shield. Moreover, the shield contains a building representing the municipal hall of Silang, one of the oldest civic structures in the province and the abundance of fruits which symbolizes the agricultural heritage of the town.

Prior to 2004, the inner emblematic design contained no shield to represent the heraldic symbols of the province. It was only in 2003 with the joint National Historical Institute and Department of Local Government’s Bureau of Local Government Supervision (BLGS) that revision was made in conformity with the basic heraldic rules and DILG-BLGS Memorandum Circular No. 92-30.

This seal was approved by the Office of the President in February 3, 2004.