Throughout this year the Vice-Province of the Philippines has organized various events to commemorate the 25th anniversary of its foundation. Last December, the commemorative logo was presented, as well as the selected song, after a contest in which the different communities participated.
The selected logo, presented by the community of St. Vincent, was the most voted. The anniversary song, entitled Celebrating the Piarists, was composed by Cl. Archie Magarao Sch. P. with music by Cl. William Lluvido Sch. P.
The logo signifies the journey of the Piarists’ mission in the Philippines throughout the years, since 1995 and in the future. It is lived through the guidance and prayers of Mary, Our Lady of the Pious Schools and with the inspiration of St. Joseph Calasanz.
In it we can see different symbols:
Ocean waves (blue and red) represent the Philippines where the Piarist Mission (of proclaiming, educating and transforming) is lived and realized. The Bangka (Brown boat with “to proclaim, to educate, to transform) symbolizes the journey of the mission of the Piarist Fathers which persevere despite the challenges encountered. The three children with yellow stars represent the children and youth of the Piarist Mission in the three major islands of the Philippines (Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao). The man with hallow is St. Joseph Calasanz, who is the inspiration of the mission and who also journeys with the Piarists in doing the mission in the Philippines. This can also be represented by any Piarist (religious or lay) in the Philippines who live the mission of proclaiming, educating and transforming the children. The Layag of the boat (Mother of God) symbolizes the guidance and prayers of Mary, Mother of God who helps the Piarists’ mission to persevere and to be an act of life’s consecration to God. The Piarist logo (background) signifies that the living of the Piarist mission in the Philippines is in communion with the whole Order.