Monarchy of the Philippines
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The Monarchy of the Philippines (constitutionally referred to as the Monarch of the Royal Family of the Philippine Islands (English) or Maharajah/Maharani ng Karajahan ng Mga Isla ng Pilipinas (Filipino), and is also commonly known as the ePhilippine Monarchy) is a constitutional institution, and a symbolic and ceremonial office of the Philippines. The monarchy comprises a reigning Monarch of the Philippines, their family, and the royal household organization which supports and facilitates the monarch in the exercise of his royal duties and prerogatives. The monarchy is currently represented by Al Raposas, rightful successor of Queen Kadayao, and the members of the Royal Houses of Luzon, Visayas, Palawan, and Mindanao. With the coronation of the new leader in October 2016, he adopted the title maharajah or "great leader" to replace the current title of lakan. To commemorate the coronation, the new monarch went to a nationwide tour to introduce the restoration of the monarchy under Raposas.
There were attempts in the history of the Philippines to establish a monarchy that will represent the entire country internationally. However, all of these attempts did not progress.
Though, there was one constituent regional monarchy in the past. It was called the Kingdom of Mindanao and Sulu which comprises the whole region of Mindanao. The establishment of the monarchy was led by Ariel David Buena and was ratified and put into effect by the Philippine Congress. The monarchy was ruled by King Terence I and his adopted Princes and Princesses. The Kingdom also had its own royal guard called the Royal Pintados. The Kingdom only existed for more than 300 days and only had two ruling monarchs, the other was Prince Terence II. Soon, a civil war broke within the region, with the guerillas calling for the removal of the Prince and of the members of th royal family. The aftermath of the civil war caused the establishment of a new autonomous entity called Autonomous Region of the People’s Mindanao, which replaced the monarchy with a civilian-led government.
Al Raposas is designated by the official line of succession, and was brought to the position after the inability of the Queen to continue. He was crowned on October 21, 2016. The monarch also has the distinction of being a former president, holder of various ministerial positions, and former speaker of the Philippine Congress.
The following will be the responsibilities of a monarch:
- The monarch will assume the title of King or Queen in English or Lakan or Lakambini in Filipino. And also, his or her House will be called the Reigning House. The Filipino title was later changed into Maharajah for the king and Maharani for the queen.
- The Monarch may hand out as many titles to subordinates as the Monarch wishes. Also, the Monarch can remove or change the titles of his subordinates (even those handed out by the past Monarchs) as the Monarch wishes unless stated otherwise.
- The Monarch is the overall decision-maker of the Monarchy. All decisions of the Monarchy will pass through the Monarch and the Monarch will have the final say.
- Removal procedure
In case the monarch is removed, or abdicated the throne, he must first appoint a successor during or before leaving the throne, this successor can be replaced at any time by the Monarch. The successor must be a Duke or Duchess, or Grand Duke and Grand Duchess of one of the Houses of the Royal Family. The successor will assume the title of Prince or Princess in English, or Rajah or Uray in Filipino. Al Raposas relegated the title of prince into lakan and princess into lakambini.
Also, the successor has the power to replace the reigning monarch if the monarch decides to acquire replace his citizenship, abdicates, or has been inactive for 30 days. If there is no successor, the new Monarch is chosen using the selection procedure.
The old Monarch, if he or she remains able to serve, will receive the title of Monarch Emeritus in English or Habambuhay na Lakan/Lakambini in Filipino.
The royal family
Currently, the royal family is composed of the Monarch, 4 Grand Dukes, 3 Dukes, 1 Duchess, 2 Barons and 1 Knight:
|Name||House membership||Royal position||Monarch since|
|Al Raposas||Royal House of Luzon||Monarch||January 4, 2013|
|Liana Paldrov||Royal House of Palawan||Grand Duchess||January 4, 2013|
|dracopao||Royal House of Visayas||Grand Duke||February 20, 2013|
|BasilanWhiteDevil||Royal House of Mindanao||Grand Duke||January 4, 2013|
|DragoonXRyu||Royal House of Palawan||Duke||January 4, 2013|
|Aurum Draconis||Royal House of Visayas||Duke||January 4, 2013|
|Benedicto Powerlover||Royal House of Palawan||Baron||January 4, 2013|
|Kristijanmkd93||Royal House of Visayas||Baron||February 20, 2013|
|Royal House of Visayas||Knight||February 21, 2013|
|Lacon Yan||Royal House of Luzon||Sir||January 4, 2013|
|Ariel David Buena||Royal House of Luzon||Sir||-|
|John Jurassic||Royal House of Luzon||Sir||January 4, 2013|
|Jrevealed||Royal House of Mindanao||Sir||-|
|oyeEIS||Royal House of Mindanao||Sir||-|
|Karding Sungkit||Royal House of Luzon||Sir||January 4, 2013|
|kdblitz||Royal House of Luzon||Sir||January 4, 2013|
|QXLOp||Royal House of Visayas||Sir||January 4, 2013|
|MarcoSolomon||Royal House of Visayas||Sir||January 4, 2013|
|Jon873||Royal House of Luzon||Sir||February 20, 2013|
|PogiProf||Royal House of Luzon||Sir||January 4, 2013|
|DrummerMike||TBA||Sir||February 20, 2013|
- Dukes and Duchesses
The Members of the House with Filipino citizenship both ingame and real life, and has a level greater than or equal to 24 will assume the title of Duke or Duchess in English or Datu or Dayang-Dayang in Filipino. These Members are the ones who are eligible to choose and become the ruler of the House and vote for the next Monarch.
- Counts and Countesses
Meanwhile, Members of the House with ingame citizenship different from Filipino but real life citizenship Filipino and has a level greater than or equal to 24 will assume the title of Count and Countess in English or Gat or Dayang in Filipino. These Members are included in choosing the Ruler of the House but they cannot become the Ruler. They can also vote for the next Monarch.
- Barons and Baronesses
On the other hand, those with Filipino citizenship ingame but not in real life and has a level greater than or equal to 24 can assume the title of Baron or Baroness. They are also included in choosing the Ruler of the House but cannot become the Ruler. They can also vote for the next Monarch.
- Knights and Dames
Those without Filipino citizenship either in real life or ingame and has a level greater than or equal to 24 can assume the title of Knight or Dame. They can vote for the Monarch but not join in their House's nomination.
- Sir and Madam
Those who were removed from the royal family either because they left voluntarily, were kicked by the Monarch or were inactive for 30 days will receive the honorary title of Sir or Madam in English or Ginoo or Ginang in Filipino. This doesn’t give them any powers but is just a sign of respect to the former members of the royal family.
Those that haven’t reached Level 24 yet but are qualified to be part of the royal family or are chosen by the Monarch to be part of the royal family will receive the title of Esquire. They can vote for the Monarch but not join in their House’s nomination.
The royal houses
House of Luzon
House of Visayas
House of Palawan
House of Mindanao
A royal house consists of at least one, but usually more monarchs who are regionally related to one another. Monarchs who are not regionally related to one another are usually deemed to belong to different houses, and each house is designated by a regional name which distinguishes it from other houses. A royal house consists of a head, represented by a Grand Duke or Duchess. Though, most members of each of the royal houses are non-hereditary related, all are considered part of the entire monarchic family.
Once a person is bestowed royal position, through a recommendation by a royal house and approval by the reigning Monarch, he is then assigned to a royal house. A rule has been established that once a monarch is accepted as a member of a royal house, he or she cannot transfer to the other royal houses.
Members of the royal houses are entitled to a vote during the election of a new reigning monarch, which is picked among all the Grand Dukes and Duchesses.
There are currently four monarchs leading four royal houses: Al Raposas retains his title as Grand Duke of Luzon since there is no qualified successor to the leadership of the house; dracopao, Grand Duke of Visayas.; Liana Paldrov, Grand Duke of Palawan; and BasilanWhiteDevil, Grand Duke of Mindanao.
Qualification to monarchy
All RL Filipinos will automatically be part of the royal family, unless they decline, then they will be eligible for the title of Sir/Madam. Other than that, it’s the Monarch’s decision on whether people can join the royal family or not. Also, all members of the royal family will be required to join the FB groups ePilipinas and/or ePhilippines else they will be kicked out from the royal family.
First royal elections
Grand Duchess Kadayao of the Royal House of Palawan was proclaimed Queen after a two day election held on January 4 and 5, 2013. Grand Duchess Kadayao received 7 of 15 votes against other three Grand Dukes from the Royal Houses of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.
Second royal elections
Grand Duke Al Raposas of the Royal House of Luzon was proclaimed as the rightful successor in October 2016 after two months of qualified inability displayed by monarchy members designated in the line of succession.
(January 4 & 5, 2013)
|Nominated|| Lacon Yan,|
Boy Pick Up,
Prince Terence II
|Results|| Kadayao (7 of 15 votes)|
Prince Terence II (3 of 15 votes)
Lacon Yan (2 of 15 votes)
Boy Pick Up (1 of 15 votes)
|Boy Pick Up||Boy Pick Up|
|Kadayao||Prince Terence II|
|Prince Terence II||Prince Terence II|
|Al Raposas||Lacon Yan|
|BasilanWhiteDevil||Prince Terence II|
|kdblitz||N/A (Eligible to vote; Not present)|
|John Jurassic||N/A (Eligible to vote; Not present)|
The Royal Scribe
The Office of the Royal Scribe (ORS) serves as the official records keeper and spokesperson for the whole royal family. It is also the one that will announce when a Monarch or House Ruler is to be replaced, the one that can open the poll to replace the Monarch, and the one who will inform the Monarch on who are qualified and are not to be part of the royal family and on who should be removed from the royal family.
To be qualify as a Scribe, one has to be a member of the royal family and have the title of Baron and up. Since all the members of the Royal Scribe has been unable to continue their operations, the monarchy takes over the primary duties of the ORS until a new team is assembled.
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