THE SCHOOL SEAL, MOTTO AND GREETING
The official seal of St. Rita’s College of Balingasag is characteristically Marian. The central motif is the Ave Maria – AM stands for Ave Maria or Hail Mary, ejaculatory praise to Mary, the Mother of God, and the Patroness of the Congregation.
The crescent moon accents the Ave Maria, another symbol of Mother Mary. The moon symbolizes Mary’s humility and obedience. The sun represents Jesus as the Son of Justice, while the moon represents Mary which radiates its mellow light only because Jesus, her God and Son, makes her shine.
The twelve stars represent the stars in the vision of St. John “a great sign in heaven, a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, on her head a crown of twelve stars,” represent the twelve extraordinary graces or privileges bestowed on Mary.
Below the monogram is a very significant figure of an open book upon which the revealed Word of God—Initium Sapientiae Timur Domini (Prov. 9:10),--the English translation of which is “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” is inscribed.
Below the book is the white Sampaguita flower, the national flower of the Philippines. It stands for the Congregation of the Religious of the Virgin Mary, the first Filipino Congregation founded by a Filipina, Mother Ignacia del Espiritu Santo in 1684.
“Initium Sapientiae Timur Domini” (Prov. 9:10)
“The Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom”
St. Rita’s College of Balingasag adopts the customary RVM School greeting: “Praised be Jesus and Mary!” Response: “Now and forever!” After the usual greetings of courtesy.