Most Reverend

Born: July 10, 1951
Place of Birth: Maribojoc, Bohol
Ordained Priest: April 6, 1976
Episcopal Ordination: August 6, 1997
Appointed Bishop of Kidapawan: June 24, 1997
Appointed Bishop of Zamboanga: January 9, 2007
Appointed Bishop of Davao: February 11, 2012

The Coat of Arms

The Coat of Arms

Two arms impaled: DEXTER, the coat of Arms of the Archdiocese of Davao; SINISTER, the assumed Arms of the Archbishop.

DEXTER SIDE - The Arms of the Archdiocese of Davao: On top, a red background symbolizing martyrdom; the inverted Cross and crossed Keys in gold symbolizing those of St. Peter, the Patron and Titular Saint of the Cathedral of the Archdiocese of Davao. 

On the blue background is the white-breasted monkey-eating eagle, the biggest eagle in the world, whose habitat is around Mount Apo, the highest mountain in the Philippines, dominating the Davao region. 

On the base, the two characteristic landmarks of the Davao region: Mount Apo and the Davao Gulf, both of which bound the Archdiocese of Davao. 

SINISTER SIDE - The Personal Arms of the Archbishop: The Gold Star on the upper part symbolizes the Blessed Virgin Mother: the Stella Matutina, the Morning Star. He entrusts himself and his flock to her love and special protection. The Blessed Mother as Our Lady Mediatrix of all Grace is the Patroness of the Diocese of Kidapawan, the first diocese he served. The Blessed Mother, under the title Nuestra Señora La Virgen del Pilar, is also the much-venerated Patroness of the Archdiocese of Zamboanga where the archbishop served prior to his transfer to the Archdiocese of Davao. The blue field, the traditional Marian Color, reflects the archbishop's many rich and inspiring experiences at el pueblo amante de Maria which have deeply influenced his faith and ministry. 

The Crown in the lower part represents Christ the King, the titular of the Diocese of Tagum, the home diocese of the archbishop. 

Beneath the Crown is the encircled Monogram of Christ, consisting of the Greek letters Chi and Rho, which begin the word for "Christ". The symbol is used by the Maryknoll Missionaries under whose pastoral care the archbishop grew up. From them he imbibed, early on as a young priest, the sense of mission in his pastoral ministry, and with whom he is united through many bonds of friendship.

The red field is a reminder of the blood of Christ, our King, shed for our redemption. It is the color of love and sacrifice with which the archbishop intends to exercise his mission and ministry. 

The Coat of Arms is completed by the gold metropolitan processional cross behind the shield; the green hat with ten tassels on each side, indicative of his archiepiscopal rank; and the motto on an ornamental scroll. 

MOTTO: The archbishop's appointment to the episcopacy was announced on the Solemnity of the Birth of St. John the Baptist. Drawing inspiration from the mission of John the Baptist as the Herald of Christ, the archbishop places his ministry under the motto "Illum Oportet Crescere" - "He must increase" (Jn. 3:30).
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