Knights of Rizal

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Knights of Rizal
Orden de Caballeros de Rizál
Mga Maginoo ni Rizal
Awarded by Philippines Order’s Supreme Council
TypeOrder of Chivalry
CountryPhilippines Philippines
MottoNon Omnis Moriar
Not everything in me will die.
Hindi lahat sa akin ay mamamatay.
Awarded forMen of legal age with good moral character and reputation who received admission upon the endorsement of two active Knights and the approval of the Supreme Council or have performed an outstanding achievement for the Philippines or for the Order.
StatusCurrently constituted, with legislative charter
Supreme CommanderSir Gerardo V. Calderon, KGCR
GradesKnight Grand Cross of Rizal (KGCR)
Knight Grand Officer of Rizal (KGOR)
Knight Commander of Rizal (KCR)
Knight Officer of Rizal (KOR)
Knight of Rizal (KR)
Next (higher)Awards and decorations of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and Presidential Medal of Merit
Order of the Knights of Rizal Ribbon.png
Ribbon bar of the order

Knight Insignia, The Order of the Knights of Rizal
Knight Insignia, The Order of the Knights of Rizal

The Knights of Rizal is an Order of Chivalry from the Philippines, created to honor and uphold the ideals of Philippine national hero José Rizal.[1]

The civic organisation[2] of the "Order of the Knights of Rizal" was established in 1911 by Colonel Antonio C. Torres, who later served as the first Filipino chief of police of Manila.[3] The Order was granted a legislative charter by President Elpidio Quirino[3] as a non-sectarian, non-partisan, civic, patriotic, and cultural organization under Republic Act 646 on June 14, 1951.[1] Although not a state order, it is the one order of knighthood in the Philippines officially recognized and endorsed by an official act of the national government, and its awards and titles are recognized by the Honors code of the Philippines as official awards of the Republic.[4] The Order is often worn by members of the Philippine government and diplomatic corps. The insignia of the Order of the Knights of Rizal is ranked seventh in the Order of Wear pursuant to the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the Honors Code of the Philippines.[5]

Since its founding, the Order has grown to more than 25,000 members belonging to 131 active chapters in the Philippines and 61 active chapters around the world.[6] Its international headquarters is located on Bonifacio Drive in Port Area, Manila.


The Order of the Knights of Rizal was first organized out of a group of nine men by Manila Police Chief Colonel Antonio Torres on Rizal Day, December 30, 1911, commemorate martyrdom of Philippine national hero, Dr. José Rizal. Exactly a year later, a state funeral was held to transfer Rizal's remains from his family's house in Binondo, Manila for a wake in the Ayuntamiento and finally a burial in Luneta where the Order of the Knights of Rizal acted as the honor guards. Since then, the order has led commemorations of Rizal's birth anniversaries and plays a prominent role during Rizal Day ceremonies commemorating his death anniversary.[7]

In 1951, the order pushed for filing a bill in the Philippine Congress to grant the Order of the Knights of Rizal a legislative charter. Senators Enrique Magalona, Lorenzo Sumulong, Esteban Abada, Emiliano Tria Tirona, Camilo Osías, Geronima Pécson, José Avelino and Ramon Torres sponsored the bill in the Senate while Congressman Manuel Zola of Cebu was the principal sponsor in the House of Representatives. The bill was signed into law by Philippine President Elpidio Quirino on June 14, 1951, as Republic Act 646. The Bill constitutes an official recognition of the inestimable value to the nation and the world of Rizal's teachings and the wisdom necessity of inculcating in the minds and hearts of people so they may follow and practice them.[8]

Supreme Council[edit]

As set forth by Philippine Republic Act 646, the general administration and direction of the affairs of the Order is in the hands of a Supreme Council (Board of Directors) of nine members including the Supreme Commander, Deputy Supreme Commander, Supreme Chancellor, Supreme Pursuivant, Supreme Exchequer, Supreme Archivist, Supreme Auditor, Deputy Supreme Pursuivant and Deputy Supreme Exchequer.[9] The Supreme Council Trustees serve the Supreme Council for two (2) years, with maximum of two (2) re-elections as stated in the Amended By-Laws.

The present Supreme Commander of the Knights of Rizal is Sir Gerardo "Gerry" V. Calderon, KGCR, also the Vice Mayor of the town of Angono, Rizal; with Sir Raymundo "Munding" A. del Rosario, KGOR, also Vice Mayor of Tanza, Cavite as his Deputy Supreme Commander, Sir Armando Cazzola, KGOR, Sir Emmanuel F. Calairo, KGOR, Sir Frisco S. San Juan, Jr, KGOR, Sir Danilo C. Peralta, KGOR, Sir Ferdinand G. Suba, KGCR, Sir Meliton B. Garraton, KGCR, and Sir Rodel C. Abellana, KGOR.

Knights of Rizal Centennial Stamp


Unlike other orders of the Philippines, the Knights of Rizal is an active order. Membership does not only convey privilege but requires continuous participation in the year-long projects of the Order.

Aside from leading or taking an active part in official and diplomatic ceremonies commemorating important dates in Dr. José Rizal's life and the Philippine Independence Day, the Knights of Rizal also focus on Filipino youth across the world such as the annual National Rizal Youth Leadership Institute Conference and the Middle East and Africa Region Inter-School Academic, Talent and Skills Competition held for Philippine schools in the Middle East.


Aside from the wearing of the Order's decorations during appropriate occasions, a specific prefix also applies.

Knights of the Order prefix "Sir" to their forenames and add the relevant post-nominal according to their rank at the end of their names while wives of Knights prefix "Lady" to their first names. These apply to both spoken and written forms of address.

The Melbourne Entrepreneur Chapter[edit]

The Melbourne Entrepreneur Chapter of the Knights of Rizal is a newly established chapter of the Knights of Rizal. It is set to be chartered on 17 June 2023, and it will be the first chapter of its kind in the world, where postulants are exclusively members of business and industry.

The Melbourne Entrepreneur Chapter of the Knights of Rizal is a reflection of the organization's commitment to adapt and evolve with changing times while staying true to its mission. Its members are entrepreneurs, executives, and professionals who share a passion for business and a deep appreciation for Filipino heritage and culture.

Melbourne Entrepreneur Chapter and Joint Knighting Invitation

The chapter's inaugural joint Knighting of its members and other ceremonies will take place at the Function Hall, The Bay Cafe in Werribee, Victoria. The event will be a celebration of the organization's ideals and the accomplishments of its members. It will also serve as a reminder of the responsibility that comes with being a Knight of Rizal, as the members are expected to serve as exemplary leaders in their respective industries and communities.

The Melbourne Entrepreneur Chapter of the Knights of Rizal aims to foster a sense of camaraderie and fellowship among its members, promote business networking opportunities, and engage in community service projects that align with the organization's mission. The chapter also plans to establish partnerships with other organizations and businesses that share its values and vision.

This chapter of the Knights of Rizal is a groundbreaking initiative that demonstrates the Knights of Rizal's commitment to promoting the ideals of Dr. Jose Rizal in the modern world. Its members are poised to make a positive impact in their respective industries and communities, while honoring their Filipino heritage and culture.


Rank Post-nominal
Knight Grand Cross of Rizal KGCR
Knight Grand Officer of Rizal KGOR
Knight Commander of Rizal KCR
Knight Officer of Rizal KOR
Knight of Rizal KR

Other awards and decorations[edit]

  • Medal of Recognition
  • Distinguished Service Medal
  • Distinguished Service Star
  • Distinguished Service Cross
  • Rizal Pro Patria Award

For Women and Ladies Auxilary[edit]

  • Teodora Alonzo Award
  • Rizal Women of Malolos Award

Prominent recipients[edit]

Presidents of the Philippines[edit]

Members of Philippine Senate and House of Representatives[edit]

Cabinet Secretaries and Ministers of the Philippines[edit]

  • Fernando Lopez: Vice President of the Philippines. Secretary of Agriculture, Senator, and Natural Resources and Chairman of ABS-CBN Corporation.
  • Salvador Laurel: Vice President of the Philippines. Prime Minister and Secretary of Foreign Affairs.
  • Cesar Virata: Prime Minister of the Philippines.
  • Jose D. Lina Jr.: Secretary of the Interior and Local Government, Governor of Laguna, Governor of Metro Manila, and Senator of the Philippines. Supreme Commander of the Order.
  • Delfin Lorenzana: Secretary of National Defense and Chairman of the National Task Force against COVID-19.

Chief Justices of the Philippines[edit]

  • Hilario Davide Jr.: Chief Justice of the Philippines, Philippine Representative to the United Nations, and Supreme Commander of the Order.
  • Claudio Teehankee: Chief Justice and Secretary of Justice of the Philippines. Supreme Commander of the Order.
  • Reynato Puno: Chief Justice of the Philippines. Supreme Commander of the Order.

Artists of the Philippines[edit]

Philippine Diplomatic Corps[edit]

Foreign Recipients of the Order[edit]

  • Spain Juan Carlos I: King of Spain.
  • United States Henry Kissinger: Secretary of State of the United States of America.
  • Malaysia Anwar Ibrahim: 10th Prime Minister of Malaysia.
  • Thailand Itthiphol Khunpluem: Thai Minister of Culture and Mayor of Pattaya.
  • Canada Tobias Enverga: Philippine-born Canadian Senator for Ontario.
  • France Britgitte Ayrault: Wife of the Prime Minister of France.
    • Was conferred the Rizal Women of Malolos Award for her charity work with Filipino children.
  • United Kingdom Austin Coates: British civil servant and author. Wrote “Rizal: Philippine Nationalist and Martyr“ (1968).
  • United States John Ensign: United States Senator of the State of Nevada.
  • Japan Daisaku Ikeda: President of Soka Gakkai organization in Japan.
  • Japan Kiyoshi Sumiya: Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines.
  • Canada Anthony Housefather: Member of the Canadian Parliament and Mayor of Côte Saint-Luc.
  • Cambodia Heng Sokkung: Cambodian Secretary of State of the Ministry of Industry, Science, Technology & Innovation.
  • Belgium Grégoire Vardakis: Belgian Ambassador to the Philippines.
  • Australia Billy C Chan: Chairman of the Board, Sino Phil Asia International Peace Awards Foundation, Vice Chair of Australian Chamber of Commerce Macao
  • United States Emanuel Jones: USA Georgia State Senator since 2005, Senate Committee on Economic Development and International Relations.
  • United States Harley Seyedin: Winner of the 2017 Oslo Business for Peace Award, Awarded by a Committee of Nobel Laureates in Peace and Economics.
  • United Kingdom Kevin Thompson of Glenelg OBE, Legion d'honneur, Officer dans l'Ordere des Arts et des Lettres, founding principle of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

Other Prominent Members[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Republic Act No. 646 | GOVPH". Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines. Retrieved June 16, 2020.
  2. ^ "Republic Act No. 646". Retrieved November 8, 2021.
  3. ^ a b "The Order of the Knights of Rizal". Manila Bulletin. June 14, 2001. Retrieved November 27, 2008.
  4. ^ "Speech of President Aquino at the International Assembly and Conference of Rizal, February 17, 2011". Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines.
  5. ^ "Implementing Rules and Regulations of Executive Order No. 236" (PDF). Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines.
  6. ^ "Knights Of Rizal | Knights Of Rizal". Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  7. ^ "article with a section on Rizal's funeral". Philippine Daily Inquirer. December 30, 2012. Retrieved April 11, 2016.
  8. ^ "Order of the Knights of Rizal History".
  9. ^ "Knights Of Rizal | SUPREME COUNCIL". Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  10. ^ "PH Ambassador to NZ Charters Knights of Rizal Chapter in Wellington". Retrieved September 21, 2022.

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