School's emblem is in the shape of a shield. In heraldic language,
this particular shape is called "l'ecu francais"
in modern form.
escutcheon or face of the coat-of-arms is divided by a vertical
line. From the observer's point of view, the left side is
called the dexter side; and the right side, the sinister side.
dexter side of the escutcheon represents the school and its
aims. On an azure background are two suns, one superimposed
on the other. The twelve-pointed silver sun represents China;
the gold sun with its eight bundles of rays stands for the
Philippines. The blazon of the Society of Jesus is found at
the center of the suns - the monogram IHS with the Cross above
the Hand the three nails of the Cross below it. This side
of the escutcheon means that through Xavier School, the Society
of Jesus acts as an integrating force enriching the Philippines
with the best cultural traits that can be contributed by the
minority which has its origin in China.
sinister side of the escutcheon has a cardinal red background.
It features the blazon of the Xavier family, a member of which
is the patron of the school - Saint Francis Xavier. The sinister
chief has an inverted crescent checkered black and silver
while the sinister base contains a bank which is also checkered
black and silver. The exact meaning of the Xavier family's
blazon is not known. However, the black and silver checkered
bank probably represents the Xavier family, members of which
fought valiantly and victoriously over the Saracens, hence,
the introduction into the blazon of the inverted crescent
with family colors. The red background may mean the blood
sacrificed by the family for the victory over the Saracens.
Hence it indicates that only at the cost of personal sacrifice
can Xaverian ideals of service be realized.
| Fr. Matteo Ricci and Paul Hsu Kuang Ch'i|
emblem, however, is incomplete without a motto. Xavier School's motto is
"LUCEAT LUX", "LET THE LIGHT SHINE" - an echo of the school's Chinese name,
Kuang Chi, after a Christian Chinese convert, Paul Hsu Kuang Ch'I, a Prime
Minister in Shanghai who was a friend and disciple of the Italian Jesuit
Fr. Matteo Ricci.