University Symbols

The Search for Truth

The Search for Truth

The Search for Truth Statue in front of the Administration Building consists of two gigantic nude figures of a man and a woman, emphasizing partnership in the quest for truth, knowledge, and the professions. 

Nakedness symbolizes boldness, impartiality and unencumbered drive in seeking for truth in its academic pursuits. The statue with inscription at its footstool was conceptualized by Dr. Fernando A. Bernardo, the first President of the Visayas State College of Agriculture.

The inscription reads as follows:

"Let search for truth prevail as a dominant activity of university life. For truth is the guiding light in our paramount mission: the pursuit of excellence.

A teacher must foster intellectual curiosity among students and train them in the art and science of searching for truth to achieve excellence—whether in the classroom, in the laboratory, in nature, or in society. He who does less is not worthy of his profession."

To reinforce the institution’s visual identity, an iconized version of the Search for Truth (SFT) has been developed for use in the university materials and presentations, usually in lieu of the VSU Brand Logo + Text Logo or VSU Seal + Text Logo combinations.

The Search for Truth Icon and Sample Implementations


The twin white Obelisks at the Main Campus entrance are among VSU’s important landmarks that symbolize the academic programs and rural development mandate of the University. Both structures depict VSU’s acknowledgement of providential intervention in pursuit of its programs. The obelisk at the south bears an image of the “god of the sun” and represents the field of agriculture and allied fields. The other obelisk with the “god of lightning and thunder” represents the technology and innovation in all its endeavors.

The Obelisk is also the name of the official newsletter of the Visayas State University Administration.

A simple vector implementation of the Twin Obelisks is used in the context of the online and print versions of the newsletter.

Other Symbols, Textures, and Patterns

Mt. Pangasugan

This design is a polygon-style vector graphic of the Majestic Mt. Pangasugan. This design can be used to give a little form in white spaces, also in posters and business cards.

Diamond Tiles

This repeating pattern is a nod to the overlapping diamond shapes found in the old guard post at the university main gate. The pattern can be used as texture in light and dark backgrounds, especially in Centennial Branding materials. The pattern is also used in the Centennial Logo.

Diamond tiles inspired by the old guard post

Stone Tile Rosettes

Ingenously handmade tiles made of cement and locally sourced stones adorn the hallways of ViSCA-era buildings. These vector renderings of the stone tile rosettes may be used as textures and borders for graphic materials.

Rosette patterns inspired by stone tiles in ViSCA-era buildings

Wireframe Logo

The wireframe logo was inspired by the marble nameplates of former ViSCA officials, where only the basic shapes of the ViSCA Seal was displayed along with the official’s name. A same design can be observed in the landscaping at the Ecopark.

The Wireframe Logo can be used as a subtle texture in university graphics, only a little bit lighter or darker than the background for it to blend well.

VAC & ViSCA Symbols

The carabao heads and the frog fountain that marked the entrance of the old VAC campus are classic university symbols, especially for the older generations. The monochromatic renditions of these symbols may be used as generic backdrop for university events.

Carabao heads at the entrance of old VAC campus

One of the frogs at the frog fountain

Campus Symbols

In replacement of the Brand Logo, campus symbols may be alternatively used such as the VSU Gazebo, the old Frog Fountain, and the new VSU Main Gate.

For the component colleges, they may opt to use a symbol that represents their campus like the main gate of VSU Tolosa.