The Symbols of Colegio de San Juan de Letran



     Our motto in the triune ideal of God, country, and Alma mater. First, God, as God cannot but be first. Then, the fatherland, as all bounties of God are rooted deeply in the land upon which she stands. Then finally, the school - she is the mother who takes the minds in her hands and fashions them in accord with her supreme ideal. Her magnificence is measured by this supreme ideal.

Basilica of St. John Lateran

     The Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome is considered as the mother church of Christendom. The Basilica was once a palace owned by the Laterani, a Roman noble family who revolted against Nero in 53-54 AD. When the Emperor Constantine donated the Laterani palace to the Pope, the place was dedicated to our Lord. 

     It was then converted into a Church. Constantine stayed there when he visited Rome in 315 AD. During the Crusades, the Pope renamed the Church after the Benedictine Monastery of St. John the Baptist and St. John the Evangelist (which were situated on both sides of the Palace) but retained the Laterani appellation. Thus, its present name of Basilica of St. John Lateran. 

     During the dark days of the Church, the Papal elections were conducted at the Basilica, from the 12th century onwards. November 9 marks the feast of the dedication of the Basilica. The feast was observed throughout the Roman Catholic world as a sign of devotion to and unity with the Chair of Peter. The Dominican spirit of upholding church unity and orthodoxy in faith is clearly manifested when the founding fathers named the first boy’s school in the country after the mother Church of Christendom: Colegio de San Juan de Letran.

Coat of Arms

      At the top of the shield is the Knight, the title and name all members of the Letran community, most especially the students must be known. At the left side of the figure is the spear and at the right side is the torch, symbolizing truth and courage every Knight must have in the pursuit of quality integral formation. The shield itself contains the Dominican cross, colored black and white, signifying that Letran is a Dominican institution. At the center is the Letran seal of a silver cross on a blue and red field encircled by the green wreath laurel. On it hangs the Colegio’s motto, summarizing the core values of love of God, country and Letran to which every Letranite must subscribe.