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The Order of Lakandula ( fil|Orden ni Lakandula) is one of the highest civilian orders of the Philippines founded on 19 September 2003. It is awarded for political and civic merit and in memory of King Lakandula’s dedication to the responsibilities of leadership, prudence, fortitude, courage and resolve in the service of one’s people.

Criteria

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:

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 of 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 (''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.d., 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 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.

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 or (''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.

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'', it was later moved to the level of the Order of National Artists. 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, Efren "Bata" Reyes a global icon who revolutionized the sport of pool, Paeng Nepomuceno in 2007 for his three unbroken Guinness World Records in 2007, Filipino athletes who won gold medals at the 2005 Southeast Asian Games, and the Filipino mountaineers who reached the peak of Mount Everest in 2006.

Notable recipients

This is not a complete list. See official website for more. * Jose Diokno: Grand Collar (''Supremo''), 2004 (posthumous) * Hillary Rodham Clinton: Grand Cross (''Bayani''), 16 November 2011 * Richard Lugar: Grand Collar (''Supremo''), 7 June 2012 * Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa: Grand Collar (''Supremo''), 4 January 2007 * Juan Carlos I of Spain: Grand Collar (''Supremo''), 3 December 2007Getty Images, State visit of Philippines President in Spain, 3 December 2007
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/ref> * Felipe VI of Spain: Grand Cross (''Bayani''), 3 December 2007 * Jaime Cardinal Sin: Grand Cross (''Bayani''), 8 December 2003 * James B. Reuter: Grand Cross (''Bayani''), 2006 * Washington SyCip: Grand Cross (''Bayani''), 2011 * Manuel V. Pangilinan: Grand Cross (''Bayani''), 5 June 2010; Commander (''Kumandante''), 24 May 2006 * Lea Salonga: Commander (''Kumandante''), 14 August 2007 * Domingo Lucenario Jr.: Grand Officer (''Marangal na Pinuno''), 14 August 2007 * Akihito, Emperor of Japan: Grand Collar (''Supremo''), 3 June 2015 * Galo Ocampo: Grand Officer (''Marangal na Pinuno''), 22 July 2015 (posthumous) * Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo: Grand Collar (''Supremo''), 19 May 2006 * Enrique Manalo: Grand Cross (Bayani), 18 June 2018 https://pcoo.gov.ph/news_releases/president-duterte-confers-presidential-awards-on-outstanding-dfa-officials/

References



External links


The Order of Lakandula, Official website
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