Republic of the Philippines - Stamps & Postal History

RP Issues of 2016











2016, June 19.  Order of the Knights of Rizal Centennial

Litho Offset, Amstar Company, Inc.,  Perf 14

Singles,  Sheets of  40



15p  Jose Rizal, National Hero - Singles  (101,000) 




First Day Covers:  Manila






Order of the Knights of Rizal - 100th Anniversary

The Order of the Knights of Rizal is the sole order of knighthood in the Philippines created to honor and uphold the ideals of Philippine national hero Jose Rizal.  Its ranks and insignia and recognized in the Honors Code of the Philippines as official awards of the Republic and is the Eight Class Rank in the order of precedence of civilian decorations of the Orders, decorations, and medals of the Philippines.

The Order was established in 1911 by Colonel Antonio C. Torres, who later served as the first Filipino chief of police of Manila.  The Order was granted a legislative charter by President Elpidio Quirino as a non-sectarian, non-partisan, non-racial civic, patriotic, and cultural organization under Republic Act 646 on June 14, 1951.  The Orderís insignia has since been approved to be worn by the Philippine diplomatic corps.

Since its founding, the Order has grown to more than 10,000 members belonging to more than fifteen chapters around the world including Australia, Bahrain, Belgium, France, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Spain, The Netherlands and the United States.

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 to commemorate the martyrdom of Dr. Jose Rizal.  Exactly a year later, a state funeral was held to transfer Rizalís remains from his familyís 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 honor guards.  Since then, the Order has led commemorations of Rizalís birth anniversaries and plays a prominent role during Rizal Day ceremonies commemorating his death anniversary.

In 1951, the Order pushed for filing a bill in Philippine Congress to grant the Order of the Knights of Rizal a legislative charter.  The bill was signed into law by President Elpidio Quirino on June 14, 1951 as Republic Act 646.






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Articles by Dr. Ngo Tiong Tak

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