Mayon Volcano: the distinct landmark of Albay province where BUCM is located. This will represent the Bicol region
Torch of Wisdom:
Pillars: the university in its mission targets scholarship, leadership, character and service as its main directions for all students, alumni, support staff, faculty and administrators. These are symbolized by the four pillars.
Rod of Asclepius (also spelled Asklepios or Aesculapius):
Wikepedia came up with three symbolisms of the Rod of Asclepius
First: In Greek mythology, this symbol is a serpent-entwined rod wielded by the Greek god Asclepius, a diety associated with healing and medicine. In honor of Asclepius, a particular type of non-venomous snake was often used in healing rituals, and these snakes – the Aesculapian Snakes – crawled around freely on the floor in dormitories where the sick and injured slept. These snakes were introduced at the founding of each new temple of Asclepius throughout the classical world.
The original Hippocratic Oath began with the invocation “I swear by Apollo the Physician and by Asclepius and by Hygieia and Panacea and by all the gods …
Second: the traditional treatment of Dracunculus medinensis, the Guinea worm. The worm emerges from painful ulcerous blisters. The blisters burn, causing the patient to immerse the affected area in water to cool and soothe it. The worm senses the temperature change and discharges its larva into the water. The traditional treatment was to slowly pull the worm out of the wound over a period of hours to weeks and wind it around a stick.
Third: religious symbolism linked to the Nehushtan, a sacred object consisting of a serpent wrapped around a pole mentioned in the Bible in the Book of Numbers (Numbers 21:5–9) while the people of Israel were wandering in the desert and sinned against God.
“Lord said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live. 9 And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived”.
This is consistent with the theory in the New Testament of the King James Bible that Jesus also delivers believers from eternal death in the passage found in John 3:14–15.
Triple oval entertwining rings at the end of the torch of wisdom symbolize the holistic approach of the medical curriculum: mind, body and spirit coming together for health and wellness in the learning process