History

The Order of Lakandula was created by virtue of Executive Order No. 236, s. 2003,  the Honors Code of the Philippines. It is the Order of Political and Civic Merit of the Republic, conferred in commemoration of Datu Lakandula’s dedication to the responsibilities of leadership, prudence, fortitude, courage, and resolve in the service of one’s people. It is one of the Senior Honors of the Republic together with the Philippine Legion of Honor (conferred for Military and Defense Merit) and the Order of Sikatuna (conferred for Diplomatic Merit). The Order of Lakandula is conferred by the President of the Philippines.

Criteria

The Order of Lakandula is conferred upon a Filipino or foreign citizen:

  1. Who has demonstrated by his life and deeds a dedication to the welfare of society;

  2. Whose life is worthy of emulation by the Filipino people;

  3. For deeds worthy of particular recognition, including suffering materially for the preservation and defense of the democratic way of life and of the territorial integrity of the Republic of the Philippines, for devoting his life to the peaceful resolution of conflict, or for demonstrating an outstanding dedication to the fostering of mutual understanding, cultural exchange, justice, and dignified relations among individuals; or

  4. For acts that have been traditionally recognized by the institution of presidential awards, including meritorious political and civic service.


The Order of Lakandula is composed of the following ranks:

Grand Collar (Supremo) – Conferred upon an individual who has suffered materially for the preservation and defense of the democratic way of life or of the territorial integrity of the Republic of the Philippines; or upon a former or incumbent head of State and/or Government

Grand Cross (Bayani) – Conferred upon an individual who has devoted his life to the peaceful resolution of conflict; upon an individual whose life is worthy of emulation by the Filipino people; or upon a Crown Prince, Vice President, Senate President, Speaker of the House, Chief Justice or the equivalent, foreign minister, or other official of cabinet rank, Ambassador, Undersecretary, Assistant Secretary, or other person of a rank similar or equivalent to the foregoing

Grand Officer (Maringal na Pinuno) – Conferred upon an individual who has demonstrated a life-long dedication to the political and civic welfare of society; or upon a Charge d’affaires, e.p., Minister, Minister Counselor, Consul General heading a consular post, Executive Director, or other person of a rank similar or equivalent to the foregoing

Commander (Komandante) – Conferred upon an individual who has demonstrated exceptional deeds of dedication to the political and civic welfare of society as a whole; or upon a Charge d’affaires a.i., Counselor, First Secretary, Consul General in the consular section of an Embassy, Consular officer with a personal rank higher than Second Secretary, Director, or other person of a rank similar or equivalent to the foregoing

Officer (Pinuno) – Conferred upon an individual who has demonstrated commendable deeds of dedication to the political and civic welfare of society as a whole; or upon a Second Secretary, Consul, Assistant Director, or other person of a rank similar or equivalent to the foregoing

Member (Kagawad) – Conferred upon an individual who has demonstrated meritorious deeds of dedication to the political and civic welfare of society as a whole; or upon a Third Secretary, Vice Consul, Attache, Principal Assistant, or other person of a rank similar or equivalent to the foregoing

In 2004, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo issued Executive Order No. 540 which created a 7th rank for the order of Lakandula. It was called Champion for Life and the first recipient of this rank was Boxer Manny Paquiao. It was last awarded in 2010.

The Order of Lakandula pays homage to prehispanic and Muslim-Filipino designs. Its composition for the Grand Collar, Grand Cross and Grand Officer is silver gilt. For the ranks of Commander, Officer, Member the medal is gilded bronze or copper. Its ribbon is Philippine blue.

Roster of Awardees

Rank of Supremo

Name Position Date
Jose W. Diokno (posthumous) Former Senator and political prisoner 2004
Don Juan Carlos King of Spain December 3, 2007
Sheikh Khalifa bin Salman al-Khalifa Prime Minister of Bahrain January 14, 2007
Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo President, Republic of Equatorial Guinea May 19, 2006
Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah Amir of the State of Kuwait March 23, 2012
Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani Amir of the State of Qatar April 10, 2012
Richard G. Lugar United States Senator June 7, 2012

 

Rank of Bayani

Name Position Date
Alfonso Yuchengco Ambassador to the United Nations November 26, 2003
Jaime Cardinal Sin Archbishop of Manila December 8, 2003
Salvador H. Laurel (posthumous) Former Vice President February 7, 2004
Blas Ople (posthumous) Secretary of Foreign Affairs December 20, 2003
Agnes VST Devanadera Solicitor General (2007–2009), Secretary of Justice (2009-2012) April 22, 2010
Alberto G. Romulo Secretary of Foreign Affairs August 14, 2007
Alex Frieder February 13, 2005
Amando M. Tetanco Governor of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas August 11, 2009
Angelo T. Reyes Secretary of National Defense (2001–2003), Presidential Adviser (2003-2006), Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources (2006-2007), Secretary of Energy (2006-2010) April 22, 2010
Arthur C. Yap Secretary of Agriculture (2004-2005) (2006-2010) April 22, 2010
Augusto L. Syjuco Jr. Director-General, TESDA April 22, 2010
Cerge M. Remonde Press Secretary January 21, 2010
Daniel K. Inouye United States Senator for Hawaii August 14, 2006
Don Felipe de Borbon y Grecia Principe de Asturias December 3, 2007
Edgardo D. Pamintuan Presidential Assistant on Alliance of Subic-Clark Development (2004–2005), Presidential Assistant, Office of External Affairs (2005–2010) April 22, 2010
Eduardo R. Ermita Executive Secretary March 8, 2010
Emmanuel Y. Angeles Chairman of the Commission on Higher Education June 12, 2010
Fr. James Reuter, S.J. May 21, 2006
George S.K. Ty Businessman June 4, 2010
Gwendolyn Garcia Governor of Cebu August 14, 2007
Herbert Frieder February 13, 2005
Hermogenes C. Esperon Jr. Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (2008–2009), Secretary of the Presidential Management Staff (2009–2010) April 22, 2010
Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr. National Security Adviser (2004–2005), Secretary of National Defense (2007), Secretary of Public Works and Highways April 22, 2010
Peter B. Favilla Secretary Trade Industry (2005-2010) April 22, 2010
Philip Frieder February 13, 2005
Prince Haji al-Muhtadee Billah ibni Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office of Brunei Darussalam November 8, 2006
Rafael E. Seguis Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs June 1, 2010
Reynato S. Puno Chief Justice June 12, 2010
Rolando Andaya Jr. Secretary of Budget and Management March 19, 2010
Shoichiro Toyoda Honorary Chairman, Toyota Motors Corporation April 22, 2010
Silvestre H. Bello III April 22, 2010
Stephen Zuellig Long-time honorary consul of the Principality of Monaco to the Philippines May 11, 2007
Wilfredo C. Santos Philippine Liaison Officer for Japan August 14, 2007
Mona D. Valisno Secretary of Education June 11, 2010
Morris Frieder (posthumous) February 13, 2005
Patricia Sto. Tomas Chairperson, Development Bank of the Philippines March 19, 2010
Paul V. McNutt (posthumous) Ambassador of the Unites States of America February 13, 2005
Manuel V. Pangilinan Eminent Businessman and Philanthropist June 5, 2010
Marciano A. Paynor Jr. Chief of Presidential Protocol July 14, 2008

 

Rank of Officer

Name Position Date
Arnold S. Panalingan Philippine Security Officer for Australia August 14, 2007
Jetonni Lukh D. de Quiroz Philippine Security Officer for the Republic of Timor Leste August 14, 2007
Alexander Go Philippine Liaison Officer for the People’s Republic of China August 14, 2007
Allan V. Tangayan Philippine Liaison Officer for the Lao People’s Democratic Republic August 14, 2007
Anthony Z. Cornista Philippine Liaison Officer for the Philippine Foreign Minister August 14, 2007
Art A. Gonzaga Philippine Security Officer for New Zealand August 14, 2007
Bienvenido R. Hindang Jr. Philippine Security Officer for India August 14, 2007
Diomedes P. Banilo Philippine Security Officer for Socialist Republic of Vietnam August 14, 2007
George M. Bergonia STAG Commander, Intelligence August 14, 2007
Jenner M. Peteza STAG Commander, Paneling August 14, 2007
Joel T. de la Cruz STAG Commander, Shoreline August 14, 2007
Marlon P. Gauiran Philippine Security Officer for Burnei Darussalam August 14, 2007
Palmer M. Parungao Philippine Security Officer for Kingdom of Thailand August 14, 2007
Thomas Dominic B. Baluga Philippine Security Officer for Republic of Korea August 14, 2007
Edmund Gidaya Philippine Liaison Officer for Timor Leste August 14, 2007
Augustus Bercades Philippine Security Officer for the Union of Myanmar August 14, 2007
Erick Keith C. Elumba Philippine Liaison Officer for the Lao People’s Democratic Republic August 14, 2007
Geranfel Abrillo Philippine Liaison Office to India August 14, 2007
Gregg A. Angeles Philippine Security Officer for Republic of Korea August 14, 2007
Ireneo Fidel Z. Cornista Philippine Liaison Officer for Burnei Darussalam August 14, 2007
Jeffrey T. de Mesa Philippine Liaison Officer for Malaysia August 14, 2007
Antonio Majica Philippine Security Officer for Kingdom of Cambodia August 14, 2007
Ferdinand de la Cruz Philippine Security Officer for Republic of Indonesia August 14, 2007
Benjamin Daniel Tianco STAG Commander August 14, 2007
Carlos S. Cristobal STAG Commander August 14, 2007
Cecilio V. Dacuycuy STAG Commander August 14, 2007
Edgardo C. Palma STAG Commander August 14, 2007
Ferdinand D. Escalante STAG Commander August 14, 2007
Ferdinand M. Rosino STAG Commander August 14, 2007
Joaquin L. Ocampo STAG Commander August 14, 2007
Nilo P. Vinluan Philippine Security Officer for the People’s Republic of China August 14, 2007
Potenciano C. Camba Liaison Officer for the Philippines August 14, 2007
Porfirio Mayo Jr. Philippine Liaison Officer of Cambodia August 14, 2007
PSI Paul D. Cabug Philippine Security Officer for Malaysia August 14, 2007
Ramoncito A. Mendoza Philippine Liaison Officer for Australia August 14, 2007
Reginald S. Bernabe Liaison Officer for the Philippines (Cebu) August 14, 2007
Rosanna V. Voogel Philippine Liaison Officer for the Republic of Singapore August 14, 2007
Rovald G. Valdez Philippine Liaison Officer for the Union of Myanmar August 14, 2007
Supt. Alessandro C. Abella STAG Commander, Shangri-La Hotel August 14, 2007
Marshall Louis Alferez Philippine Liaison Officer for the Kingdom of Thailand August 14, 2007
Michael Jet Martinez Philippine Liaison Officer for the Socialist Republic of Vietnam August 14, 2007
Patrick Hilado Philippine Liaison Officer for the ASEAN Secretary General August 14, 2007
Alladin M. Collado STAG Commander August 14, 2007
Reynaldo V. Acosta STAG Commander August 14, 2007
Ricardo G. Ellorda STAG Commander August 14, 2007
Robert H. Huet STAG Commander August 14, 2007
Maj. Vincent Jaybee D. Pangilinan Philippine Security Officer for Japan August 14, 2007

 

Rank of Grand Officer

Name Position Date
Romeo C. Prestoza Commanding General of the Presidential Security Group August 14, 2007
Domingo Lucenario Assistant Secretary General for Administrative Matters, ASEAN–NOC August 14, 2007
Quirino T. de los Santos STAG Commander August 14, 2007
Lupita A. Kashiwahara Overall Coordinator for the Summit Gala Dinner August 14, 2007
Ma. Angelina M. Sta. Catalina Overall Coordinator for Conference Services, 12th ASEAN Summit Senior Special Assistant to the ASEAN-NOC Secretary General August 14, 2007
Leo S. Alvarez Assistant Secretary General for Security Matters for ASEAN-NOC August 14, 2007
Thad Cochran United States Senator April 25, 2011
Victoriano Lecaros Spokesperson for the 12th ASEAN Summit August 14, 2007
Maximo V. Soliven Journalist December 1, 2006
Milton G. Alingod Assistant Secretary General for Media Relations, ASEAN-NOC August 14, 2007
Luiza Carvalho Resident Coordinator, United Nations October 27, 2014

 

Rank of Commander

 

Name Position Date
Pol N. Salvador Assistant C, TOC
Carlos T. Clet Colonel of the Philippine Army August 14, 2007
Charlie C. Banaag Assistant TF3 August 14, 2007
Edward F. Canlas Assistant TFOC–Philippine Army Representative August 14, 2007
Jahannes M. Estil Assistant TF3 August 14, 2007
Ricky N. Parcon Motorpool Officer August 14, 2007
Roehl Joy O. Darilag Chief, TFOC August 14, 2007
Ronnel B. de la Cruz Assistant TF1 August 14, 2007
William Joseph B. Rigor Assistant Medical Officer August 14, 2007
Efren G. Peñaflorida CNN Hero Awardee November 27, 2009
Frank Ephiraim Author of Escape to Manila February 13, 2005
Glea P. Saunar Executive Assistant to the ASEAN–NOC Secretary General August 14, 2007
Henrietta T. de Villa Chairman of the PPCRV June 12, 2010
Kira Christianne R. Danganan Special Assistant to the ASEAN–NOC Secretary General August 14, 2007
Lea Salonga Singer and Stage Actress August 14, 2007
Rey Leonardo B. Guererro Task Force Commander August 14, 2007
Serafin Belleza CEIS Officer, TF6 and STAG Commander August 14, 2007
Erick S. Cabug Mess Officer August 14, 2007
Nilo P. Siddayao TF Baillet Officer August 14, 2007
Antonio E. Tayag Deputy Task Force Commander August 14, 2007
Jimmy A. Colacion Medical Officer August 14, 2007
Admiral Wilfredo D. Tamayo Philippine Coast Guard April 19, 2011
Ramon C. Liwag Philippine Coast Guard January 24, 2012
PSI Joy E. Tomboc, PNP Assistant TF1 August 14, 2007
PSI Pamela D. Balasabas, PNP Personnel Officer TF1 August 14, 2007
PSSupt. Napoleon Taas Executive Assistant to the ASEAN-NOCAssistant Secretary General for Security Matters August 14, 2007
Racelle Weiman Director, Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education February 13, 2005
Revimarc L. de Mesa Liaison Officer for the Philippines (Manila) August 14, 2007
Ronilo R. Ferrer Liaison Officer for the NOC Secretary General, Committee Coordinator on Transportation, ASEAN-NOC August 14, 2007
Maria Josefina Ceballos Liaison Officer for the Philippines on Substantive Matter August 14, 2007
Milo Cacanindin Technical Consultant for the CICC August 14, 2007
Moira G. Gallaga Executive Assistant to the ASEAN-NOC Secretary General August 14, 2007
Maj. Teody T. Toribio (CAV), PA Operations Officer TF3 August 14, 2007
Manuel V. Pangilinan CEO, PLDT and First Pacific Group May 24, 2006

 

Rank of Champion for Life

 

Name Position Date
Dale Abenojar Member, Mt. Everest Team June 20, 2007
Efren “Bata” Reyes Pool Player October 2, 2006
Erwin Emata Member, Mt. Everest Team December 19, 2006
Jennifer R. Rosales Golfer March 3, 2010
Leo Oracion Member, Mt. Everest Team December 10, 2006
Emmanuel Pacquiao Boxer July 6, 2006
Nonito G. Donaire Jr. Boxer March 3, 2010
Precious Lara Quigaman Ms. International July 26, 2006
Ronato Alcano Pool Player Novermber 14, 2006