Order of Lakandula

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Order of Lakandula
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Order of Lakandula, Grand Officer
Awarded by  Philippines
Type Order
Awarded for Acts that have been traditionally recognized by the institution of presidential awards, including meritorious political and civic service.
Status Currently constituted
Sovereign President of the Philippines
Grades (w/ post-nominals) Grand Collar
Grand Cross
Grand Officer
Commander
Officer
Champion for Life
Member
Established September 19, 2003
Precedence
Next (higher) Quezon Service Cross[1]
Next (lower) Order of Gabriela Silang[1]
Same Order of Sikatuna
Philippine Legion of Honor[1]
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Ribbon bar of the order

The Order of Lakandula (Filipino: Orden ni Lakandula) is one of the highest honors given by the Republic of the Philippines. It is an order of political and civic merit, awarded in memory of Lakandula’s dedication to the responsibilities of leadership, prudence, fortitude, courage and resolve in the service of one’s people.

Criteria[edit]

Its administrative basis is the Honors Code of the Philippines (Executive Order 236, 19 September 2003). In Section 5, II of the Honors Code, the following is provided as the criteria for the conferment of the Order of Lakandula:[1]

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

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

b. whose life is worthy of emulation by the Filipino people;

c. 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

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

Ranks[edit]

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 of government.[2]

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.[2]

Grand Officer (Marangal na Pinuno)

Conferred upon an individual who has demonstrated a lifelong dedication to the political and civic welfare of society; or upon a Chargé 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.[2]

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 Chargé 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.[2]

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.[2]

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, Attaché, Principal Assistant, or other person of a rank similar or equivalent to the foregoing.[2]

Special Rank[edit]

Champion for Life (Kampeon Habang Buhay)

The most recently created rank of the order, it was established in 2006 by President Gloria M. Arroyo. Although this rank was initially positioned after the rank of Pinuno,[3] it was later moved to the level of the Order of National Artists.[4]

It is conferred for outstanding achievement in international sports or beauty events and similar fields of competition and achievement. These achievements should foster national pride and serve as an inspiration to others to achieve excellence. The first recipients were boxer Manny Pacquiao, beauty queen Precious Lara Quigaman, athletes from the Philippines who won gold medals at the 2005 Southeast Asian Games, and the Filipinos who reached the peak of Mount Everest in the year 2006.[3]

Notable recipients[edit]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Executive Order No. 236, s. 2003". Official Gazette. Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office. Retrieved 9 November 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Order of Lakandula". Official Gazette. Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office. Retrieved 9 November 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Executive Order No. 540, s. 2006". http://www.gov.ph/ Official Gazette]. Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office. Retrieved 9 November 2012. 
  4. ^ Executive Order No. 547, s. 2006 Official Gazette of the Philippine Government. Retrieved 12 April 2013.
  5. ^ http://ph.news.yahoo.com/lugar-receives-order-lakandula-205429940.html
  6. ^ a b Getty Images, State visit of Philippines President in Spain, December 2007, Group Photo
  7. ^ Juan Carlos, Grand Collar
  8. ^ 6 artists receive Presidential Medal of Merit GMA New Online. Retrieved 15 April 2013.
  9. ^ http://www.pcoo.gov.ph/photoarchives2011/photos-jul01.htm
  10. ^ "Tony Award Winner LEA SALONGA brings 'INSPIRED' Tour to Aratani Japan Theatre 5/30". Retrieved 2012-09-11.