Monarchy of the Philippines

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Template:Monarchy of the Philippines The Monarchy of the Philippines (constitutionally referred to as the King/Queen of the Royal Family of the Philippine Islands (English) or Lakan/Lakambini ng Kadatoan 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 King or Queen 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 Queen Kadayao, and the members of the Royal Houses of Luzon, Visayas, Palawan, and Mindanao.[1]

Origins

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.[2] 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 King and of the members of th royal family.[3] 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.[4]

The monarchy

Reigning monarch

Queen Kadayao is the reigning monarch, and was brought to the throne after a royal election. She was crowned on January 11, 2013. She is the first monarch of the Philippines.

Responsibilities

The following will be the responsibilities of a monarch:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 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.

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 will now receive the title of King or Queen Emeritus in English or Lakan or Lakambini Emeritus in Filipino.

The royal family

Currently, the royal family is composed of the Queen, 4 Grand Dukes, 3 Dukes, 1 Duchess, 2 Barons and 1 Knight:

Name House membership Royal position Monarch since
50px Kadayao Royal House of Palawan Queen January 11, 2013
Citizen6597297.jpg Al Raposas Royal House of Luzon Grand Duke January 4, 2013
Citizen2285968.jpg Vincenzo Roque Royal House of Palawan Grand Duke January 4, 2013
Citizen6180843.jpg Boy Pick Up Royal House of Visayas Grand Duke January 4, 2013
Citizen1901608.jpg Prince Terence II Royal House of Mindanao Grand Duke January 4, 2013
DragoonXRyu.jpg DragoonXRyu Royal House of Palawan Duke January 4, 2013
50px Liana Paldrov Royal House of Palawan Duchess January 4, 2013
50px Aurum Draconis Royal House of Visayas Duke January 4, 2013
50px dracopao Royal House of Visayas Duke February 20, 2013
50px Benedicto Powerlover Royal House of Palawan Baron January 4, 2013
50px Kristijanmkd93 Royal House of Visayas Baron February 20, 2013
50px Chopp Royal House of Visayas Knight February 21, 2013
50px Lacon Yan Royal House of Luzon Sir January 4, 2013
50px Ariel David Buena Royal House of Luzon Sir -
50px BasilanWhiteDevil Royal House of Mindanao Sir January 4, 2013
50px John Jurassic Royal House of Luzon Sir January 4, 2013
50px JRevealed Royal House of Mindanao Sir -
50px oyeEIS Royal House of Mindanao Sir -
Karding Sungkit.jpg Karding Sungkit Royal House of Luzon Sir January 4, 2013
50px kdblitz Royal House of Luzon Sir January 4, 2013
50px QXLOp Royal House of Visayas Sir January 4, 2013
Unknown Person.jpg MarcoSolomon Royal House of Visayas Sir January 4, 2013
50px Jon873 Royal House of Luzon Sir February 20, 2013
PogiProf.jpg PogiProf Royal House of Luzon Sir January 4, 2013
50px DrummerMike TBA Sir February 20, 2013

Positions

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.

Esquire

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.jpg
House of Luzon
House of Visayas.jpg
House of Visayas
House of Palawan.jpg
House of Palawan
House of Mindanao.jpg
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 King or Queen, 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: Lacon Yan, Grand Duke of Luzon; Boy Pick Up, Grand Duke of Visayas.; Vincenzo Roque, Grand Duke of Palawan; and Prince Terence II, 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.

Others

Royal elections

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.

Election summary

Election Queen
(January 4 & 5, 2013)
Nominated Lacon Yan,
Boy Pick Up,
Kadayao,
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)
Monarch Vote
Lacon Yan Kadayao
Boy Pick Up Boy Pick Up
Kadayao Prince Terence II
Prince Terence II Prince Terence II
Al Raposas Lacon Yan
DragoonXRyu Lacon Yan
Vincenzo Roque Kadayao
PogiProf Kadayao
Liana Paldrov Kadayao
Benedicto Powerlover Kadayao
Karding Sungkit Kadayao
Aurum Draconis Kadayao
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.

References

  1. Invitation to the Coronation of the Queen of the Islands of the Philippines. Bamboo. Vincenzo Roque. Published January 4, 2013. Retrieved January 5, 2013.
  2. News | It's Official: Terence is King. Erepublik Outsider. Ariel David Buena. Retrieved January 7, 2013.
  3. Kingdom of Mindanao, No More?! The People Review. Comrad Joe. Retrieved January 7, 2013.
  4. Mindanao Civil War Ends! Peacetalks Succesful! ARPM declared! The People Review. Comrad Joe. Retrieved January 7, 2013.

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