De La Salle Philippines is a network of Lasallians within the Lasallian East Asia District established to facilitate collaboration in the Lasallian Mission and the promotion of the spirit of faith, zeal for service and communion in mission that together, are at the heart of the journey of our Founder, John Baptist de La Salle.
De La Salle Philippines is committed to building up educational communities that demonstrate commitment to young people, especially those who are poor, by providing them with access to a human and Christian education that enables them to participate in the transformation of society.
Two symbols play a significant role in the life of the Brothers and the members of the Lasallian Family. The star and the broken chevrons.
The Star. The five pointed star at the center is the Signum Fidei star. It is the sign of faith and the symbol officially used by the Institute of Brothers of the Christian Schools (Fraternum Scholarum Christianarum abbreviated as FSC also known as De La Salle Brothers in 80 plus countries). It has as its origin the Star of Bethlehem which led the Magi (wise men of the East) to the birth of Christ. The star is a sign of faith that has led countless Brothers and members of the Lasallian Family in doing the Lasallian Mission in many parts of the world.
Broken Chevrons and Indivisa Manent. The house of De La Salle was first established in Urgel, an area of Catalonia, Spain, where the form of the family name was “Salla.” The head of the family, Johan Salla, Warrior in Chief of Atphonus the Chaste, King of Oviedo, expelled the Moors from Urgel and reestablished the Episcopal See in 818. The broken legs he sustained during combat as he fought side by side with his king are the origin of the broken chevrons on the De La Salle’s coat of arms.*
In the thirteenth century, the La Salle family migrated to the Basque province in the south of France, and though their name became French, they retained “Salla!” as their battle cry. The ancient motto of the family is “Que sien toustem ligato amasse,” which in Gascon dialect means “Let us all be united!” or “Let us all stick together!” The Rheims branch of the family translated this motto into the Latin “Indivisa Manent,” which is the present wording of the motto on the coat of arms, literally translated as “Permanently Indivisible”. The latin phrase is translated into the present tag line “One La Salle”. The broken chevrons and the motto speak of the courage and commitment that the family of De La Salle wishes to convey in every generation and the importance of remaining undivided at different levels: the personal level, the family/organizational level, and the network of Lasallian schools as we know it today in the Philippines and the world.