2016, June 19. Order of the Knights of Rizal Centennial
Litho Offset, Amstar Company, Inc.,
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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
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.