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Galo Ocampo
Galo B. Ocampo

(1913-10-16)16 October 1913
Died12 September 1985(1985-09-12) (aged 71)
Manila, Philippines
Alma materUniversity of the Philippines in Manila
Notable work
Coat of arms of the Philippines,
Seal of the President of the Philippines

Galo B. Ocampo (16 October 1913 – 12 September 1985) was a Philippine artist. He was also the first Filipino to study heraldry and was a member of the International Institute of Genealogy and Heraldry in Madrid.

Ocampo was born in Santa Rita, Pampanga. In 1929, he studied Fine Arts at the University of the Philippines in Manila.[1]

A modernist painter, he painted works such as the "Moro Dancer" and the "Igorot Dance". Among his paintings, the "Brown Madonna" garnered attention in 1938 because of its depiction of Jesus and Mary as non-Caucasian, brown Filipinos; It was also said to be "flat and two-dimensional". He, along with Victorio C. Edades and Carlos V. Francisco, painted the mural "Rising Philippines" in the lobby of the Capitol Theater in Manila.

He served as the director of the National Museum from 1962 to 1968 and also served as a Secretary of the now-defunct Philippine Heraldry Committee which helped to design various seals of the different cities, municipalities, and provinces of the Philippines. After the Reorganization Act of 1972, the committee was abolished (its responsibilities were to be later handled by the National Historical Institute) and Ocampo became the Technical Adviser on Heraldry of the Office of the President.

Among his many works are the stained glass windows in the reconstructed Manila Cathedral and those in the Santo Domingo Church in Quezon City. His most prominent work in heraldry include the Coat of arms of the Philippines, the seal of the president, the different coat of arms of the different Archbishops of Manila and the various symbols of state of the Philippines. He designed the insignia of the Order of the Golden Heart among others.

In 2015, he was posthumously awarded the Order of Lakandula with the rank of Marangal na Pinuno for his services to art and heraldry.[2]


  1. ^ "Town celebrates 100th birth anniversary of local artist". Headline Gitnang Luzon. 17 October 2013. Retrieved 5 November 2015.
  2. ^ "Posthumous high honor for Ocampo". 26 July 2015. Retrieved 5 November 2015.