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The current version, adopted in 1998 through the Flag and Heraldic Code of the Philippines.

The Coat-of-Arms of the Philippines (Filipino: Sagisag ng Pilipinas) is the national coat-of-arms of the Republic of the Philippines. The current version was designed by artist and heraldist Captain Galo B. Ocampo and was adopted by an independent Third Republic upon acheiving independence in 1946, and is still used today, with some minor changes. The present form was made official upon the adoption of the Flag and Heraldic Code (Republic Act 8491) in 1998.

Description

Symbolism

The shield in the arms has the same colors as the present Philippine flag. It consists of three stars in a white background on the upper part, the American eagle with branches and arrows on a blue background in the lower left, symbolizing the American occupation from 1901-1945, and a golden lion in a red background on the lower-left, symbolizing the Spanish occupation from 1521-1898. At the center is a white oval with the Philippine sun. The scroll on the bottom reads "REPUBLIKA NG PILIPINAS" meaning "Republic of the Philippines" in English.

Blazoned

The Flag and Heraldic Code blazons the coat-of-arms as follows:

"Paleways of two (2) pieces, azure and gules; a chief argent studded with three (3) mullets equidistant from each other; and, in point of honor, ovoid argent over all the sun rayonnant with eight minor and lesser rays. Beneath shall be the scroll with the words "REPUBLIKA NG PILIPINAS", inscribed thereon."

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