PNP Logo

PNP Logo
The brand identity of the Philippine National Police (PNP) is represented in its seal and badge. Both include several symbols, the meaning of which is connected with the country’s history and national symbolism.

Meaning and history

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The history of the national police forces of the Philippines can be traced back to the pre-Hispanic times. Back then, there were soldiers responsible for enforcing local laws. During the Spanish rule, policing duties were performed by the Spanish army and local militias. In 1901, the Philippine Constabulary and the Manila Police District were created.
Later, these forces merged with the Armed Forces of the Philippines. Eventually, in 1990, the Philippine National Police was founded as the result of the merger of two old organizations: the Constabulary and the Integrated National Police.

Symbols on the seal

PNP symbol
The central element of the seal is a male figure holding a shield and a sword. This is Lapu-Lapu, the legendary ruler of the Mactan island. He became the country’s national hero after the Battle of Mactan (1521) when his army defeated Portuguese occupants led by the explorer Ferdinand Magellan. Magellan was killed, and as a result, the Spanish occupation was delayed by more than four decades. According to the official PNP’s explanation, Lapu-Lapu represents civilian constitutional authority.
Each of the 14 laurel leaves stands for one of the 14 Regional Commands. Also, it implies that public service is an organization with a noble mission. Another essential element, the shield, is used as a visual representation of the Philippine Constabulary, the first National Police (1901), the organization that existed for almost a century.
The three stars represent the three main geographical divisions (Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao) of the Philippines as well as the 1,700 islands.
The gold sun is the symbol of the evolution of the PC and INP into the larger and more complex institution, PNP. The eight sunrays are the provinces that revolted against Spain.
Below the central element, you can see a white banner housing the lettering “Service Honor Justice,” while the full name of the organization is given in white letters positioned above the sun.

Emblems on the badge

PNP emblem
The core symbols of the badge are the same as those featured on the seal, but there’re also quite a few additional details.
Once again, you can see Lapu-Lapu, the shield, the three stars, the laurel leaves, and the eight sunrays. While all these bear the same symbolism they represented on the seal, their visual representation is somewhat different. The reason is pretty simple: the new material, metal, has more requirements, so the designers of the badge had to adapt the image for this surface.
In addition to the symbols from the seal, there’s the Philippine monkey eating eagle. The eagle dominating the PNP logo is the national bird, which represents such qualities as speed, ferocity, power, braveness, and immortality.
The central part of the badge and the eagle are gold. You can also see the words “Philippine National Police” in gold placed inside a red ring, which goes around the shield. Right below the eagle’s head, there’s a white banner housing the lettering “Officer.” Eventually, under the shield, another banner is positioned. This one houses an individual number.
We should point out that the symbolism of the police badge and seal is closely interrelated with that of the country’s national flag. On the flag, you can also see the sun with eight rays and the tree stars. The rays look pretty similar to those on the PNP logo. The colors – gold and red – seem to have been borrowed from the national flag. Such a metaphoric link appears pretty logical as it reflects the physical connection between the country and its police system.

Font

Philippine National Police logo
The lettering “Philippine National Police” on both the badge and the seal is given in a simple and perfectly legible sans serif typeface. The words “Service Honor Justice” seem to utilize the same (or at least very similar) font. The word “Officer” seen on the badge is given in a different type. While the glyphs also possess classic proportions, this time it’s a serif font.

Colors

Philippine National Police
Both the seal and the badge are dominated by red and gold (inspired by the National flag) with minor black elements. However, in case of the seal, gold is just a shade of yellow, while in the case of the badge the “gold” part looks like metal. The white on the seal correlates with a lighter metal shade on the badge. Eventually, the seal also includes green as the most natural color of the laurel leaves.