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The history of the Order of the Knights of Rizal go back to December 30, 1911 when Colonel Antonio C. Torres organized a 9 group of men from different walks of life for the purpose of commemorating in a fitting manner the execution and martyrdom of our foremost national hero, Dr. Jose P. Rizal. Thereafter, year after year, the same group would gather to celebrate the birth and commemorate the death of Dr. Jose Rizal. During Rizal Day celebrations, this group would be seen conspicuously on horseback reminiscent of the knights of old known for their chivalry and exemplary life.

To provide a continuing entity and to encourage others to join tem, these admirers of Dr. Rizal on November 16, 1916, organized a private non-stock corporation and named it the “Orden de Caballeros de Rizal.” The incorporators of the corporation were: Antonio C. Torres, Juan Flameno, Martin P. de Veyra, Jose A. del Barrio and Jose S. Galvez.

Colonel Antonio C. Torres, who before the last war was Chief of Police of Manila, was the first Supreme Commander. The following have since then been Supreme Commanders of the Order: Martin P. de Veyra, Manuel Lim, Juan F. Nakpil, Herminio Velarde, Teodoro Evangelista, Hernenegildo B. Reyes, Santiago F. de la Cruz, Jesus E. Perpinan, Vitaliano Bernardino, Jose Ma. Paredes Claudio Teehankee, Jose S. Laurel III and the incumbent, Justo P. Torres, Jr.

In 1951 the Supreme e Council of the Order created a Committee on Legislation for the purpose of studying the feasibility of filing a bill in the Congress of the Philippines to be enacted into law to enable the Order to secure a legislative charter. Justice Roman Ozaeta was the Chairman of the Committee with Sirs Carlos Hilado and Pedro Sabido as members.

The bill seeking to give the Order of the Knights of Rizal a legislative charter was docketed as Senate Bill No. 251, with then Senators Enrique Magalona, Lorenzo Sumulong, Esteban Abada, Emiliano Tria Tirona, Camilo Osias, Geronima Pecson, Jose Avelino and Ramon Torres as sponsors. In the lowerhouse, Congressman Manuel Zosa of Cebu was the principal sponsor of the measure. The explanatory note of the Bill read as follows:

“The purpose of the attached bill is to accord to’ the civic and patriotic organization known as “Orden’ de Caballeros de Rizal” (Order of the Knights of Rizal) the same kind of official recognition and encourage-ment as that accorded to the Boy Scouts of the Philippines by Commonwealth Act No. 111, by grant-ing to it a legislative Charier and investing ‘it with the necessary powers to enable it more fully and more effectively to accomplish the laudable purposes for which it was organized.”

” This Bill if enacted into law will also serve as a historical monument to Rizal; it will constitute an official recognition by the Republic of the Philippines of the inestimable value to the nation of his teachings and examples and of the wisdom and necessity of inculcating them in the minds and -hearts of our people so they may strive to follow and practice them. The authors and proponents of this Bill believe that if the purposes thereof are faithfully and effectively carried out, social discipline, civic virtues, and love of justice will be fostered, promoted, ‘and enhanced in this country, and that the Knights of Rizal as chartered entity is the most convenient instrumentality by which these desirable ends can be attained’. Let Rizal’s life and martyrdom influence and guide the destiny of the nation. Let this and future generations live the Rizal Way. ”

Recommended for approval on May 15, 1951, the measure was, signed into law by the President of the Philippines on June 14, 1951, becoming Republic Act 646.

The history:
The Order of the Knights of Rizal
Jose Rizal was executed by firing squad on December 30, 1896 at 7:00 in the morning. The place was called Bagumbayan and later known as Luneta. Today, the place is officially renamed Rizal Park in tribute to Dr. Jose Rizal as the national hero of the Philippines
Luneta Park, Manila Philippines
José Protasio Rizal Mercado y Alonso Realonda
Rizals last days were in Fort Santiago from November 3, 1986, to the date of his execution on December 30, 1896 at 7:00 in the morning. While In his prison cell, he wrote an untitled poem, now known as "Ultimo Adios". He was accused of instigating and leading the rebellion, sedition, and conspiracy.Rizal was convicted on all charges and sentenced to death.
Jose Rizal: A Biographical Sketch BY TEOFILO H. MONTEMAYOR JOSE RIZAL, the national hero of the Philippines and pride of the Malayan race, was born on June 19, 1861, in the town of Calamba, Laguna
Exiled in Dapitan, in the province of Zamboanga, he lived in this Nipa hut. To keep busy, he opened a school , built a hospital and a water supply system. After four long years, his exile ended when he was accepted as a medical doctor to work with the Spanish army in Cuba.
This is the ancestral home and birth place of our National Hero & Calamba’s greatest son – DR. JOSE PROTACIO RIZAL. This original house was destroyed during World War II.  It was restored by and during the term of President Elpidio Quirino through Executive Order No. 145 and through the supervision of National Artist Juan Nakpil.
Leaders of the reform movement in Spain: Left to Right: Jose Rizal, Marcelo H. del Pilar, and Mariano Ponce. As leader of the reform movement of Filipino students in Spain, he contributed essays, allegories, poems, and editorials to the Spanish newspaper La Solidaridad in Barcelona(in this case rizal used a pen name, dimasalang).
"A life which is not consecrated to a great ideal is like a stone washed in the fields never to become a part of an edifice"
- Dr. Jose P. Rizal

"Order" it has been said is "heaven's first law." The Order of the Knights of Rizal as a civic and patriotic organization has demonstrated a phenomenal growth not only in membership but also in activities since it was incorporated as a private non stock corporation on November 16, 1916 and was known then as "Orden de Caballeros de Rizal." The passage of Republic Act 646 converting the Orden de Caballeros de Rizal into a public corporation to be known in English as "Knights of Rizal" infused genuine interest in and  recognition to its objectives as a legal entity charged with the propagation of Rizal's teachings and examples.

The Order has expanded considerably since the early 50's when there was only the Manila Council. Since then, chapters had been organized not only all over the Philippines but also in foreign countries having as members foreign nationals who are ardent admirers of our national hero.

The growth of the Order brought with it a myriad of problems concerning the implementation of its objectives; admission of members; administration of chapters; programs and procedures to be pursued; adoption of policies and answers to otherwise unexpected change of circumstances.

The Knight of Rizal Manual is an answer to the felt need to systematize and rationalize the rules and policies of the organization to put "order" so to speak in its objectives and operations.

We have thus put together in this manual a brief history of the Knights of Rizal, the governing charter of the Order, its Code of by-laws, rules, policies, directives and accepted practices including forms and rituals observed in Knighthood Ceremonies in the hope that this Manual will provide direction and serve the needs of the members of the Order for a meaningful service to our country and fellow men  in the Rizalian way.

This Manual would not have been made possible without the active support and cooperation of the members of the Supreme Council and the clerical Staff of the Order. We are aware that a Manual such as this cannot be inflexible and may need updating at some future time but we are happy in the thought that after 76 years of existence of the Order we have made a beginning and added a 46 stone" to the Rizalian edifice as our humble contribution to all those who believe in the ideas and ideals of Rizal.

SIR JUSTO P. TORRES, JR., KGCR Supreme Commander

Manila, Philippines
December 30, 1985


It is patent from the wordings of Act 646 that the purpose in lifting the Knights of Rizal from its status of a purely private corporation to a "public corporation," is to broaden its powers and to exempt it fr9m the restrictive provisions of the Corpora¬tion Law (now Corporation Code) to enable it to effectively carry out the objectives for which it was establi6hed. While il is true that the power granted to it "to make and adopt by laws, rules and regulations" is qualified in the sense that such adopted by laws, rules and regulations should not be inconsistent with the laws of the Philippines, the qualification should be construed as empowering the corporation to adopt by laws which are not illicit or contrary to morals, good customs, public order or public policy. (SEC. Openion, January 13, 1969).

Republic Act No. 646
Charter of the Knights of Rizal
S. No. 251 Second Session


WHEREAS, a civic organization known as Orden de Caballeros de Rizal (Knights of Rizal) was incorporated under the Corporation Law of the Philippines in the year 1916 by patriotic citizens for the following purposes

(a) To develop the most perfect union among the Filipinos in revering the memory of Dr.Jose Rizal;

(b) To promote among the associated knights the spirit of patriotism and Rizalian chivalry;

(c) To study and spread the teaching of Dr. Jose Rizal and keep ever alive his consecrated memory and to make effective his exemplary and exalted principles; and

(d) To organize the annual festivities in honor of Dr. Jose Rizal.

WHEREAS, the Knights of Rizal, if officially recognized and vested with appropiate powers, would be a convenient instrumentality by which the teachings of our national hero may be propagated among our people to the end that they emulate and follow his examples; and

WHEREAS, it is necessary to grant legislative Charter to the said Knights of Rizal in order to accord official recognition to it and to enlarge its powers so that it may more fully and more effectively accomplish the laudable purposes for which it was organized: Now, therefore,

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the Philippines in Congress assembled:

SECTION 1. The present civic organization known as Orden de Caballeros de Rizal is hereby converted into a body corporate and politic with powers hereinafter specified, under the name and style of KNIGHTS OF RIZAL and in Spanish as Orden de Caballeros de Rizal (hereinafter called the corporation). The principal office of the corporation shall be in the city of Manila, Philippines.

SECTION 2. The purposes of this corporation shall be to study the teaching of Dr. Jose Rizal, to inculcate and propagate them in and among all classes of Filipino people, and by words and deeds to exhort our citizenry to emulate and practice the examples and teachings of our national hero; to promote among the associated knights the spirit of patriotism and Rizalian chivalry; to develop a perfect union among the Filipinos in revering the memory of Dr. Jose Rizal; and to organize and hold programs commemorative of Rizal™s nativity and martyrdom.

SECTION 3. The said corporation shall have perpetual succession, with power to sue and to be sued, to hold such real and personal property as shall be necessary for corporate purposes; to solicit and receive public contributions; to receive real and personal property by gift, device, or bequest; to adopt a seal and to alter the same at pleasure; to have offices and conduct its business and affairs in the city of Manila and elsewhere; to make and adopt by-laws, rules and regulations not inconsistent with the laws of the Philippines, and generally to do all such acts and things including the establishment of regulations for the election of associates and successors as may be necessary to carry into effect the provisions of this Act and to promote the purposes of the said corporation. The existing By-Laws of the Orden de Caballeros de Rizal insofar as they are not inconsistent with this Act shall remain in force as the By-Laws of the corporation until repealed or amended.

SECTION 4. All persons of legal age and of good moral character and reputation, who are in sympathy with the purposes of the corporation, are eligible for active membership, upon unanimous approval of the Supreme Council en banc of a written application therefore duly endorsed by at least two active members of the corporation.

SECTION 5. The general administration and direction of the affairs of the corporation shall be in the hands of a Supreme Council (Board of Directors) of nine members, which is hereby vested with full powers and authority to act and perform all such functions as the corporation itself may do and perform.

SECTION 6. A group of five or more persons, of legal age residing in any locality outside Manila and who are of good moral character an reputation, may associate themselves and form a chapter of the corporation upon approval of a written petition to the Supreme Council. It shall be the duty of each chapter to promote and carry out the purposes of the corporation in the locality where the chapter is organized.

SECTION 7. Any donation or contribution which from time to time may be made to the corporation by the Government or any of its subdivisions, branches, offices, agencies, or instrumentalities, or by any other person or entity shall be expended by the Supreme Council solely to promote the purposes for which the corporation is organized.

SECTION 8. From and after the passage of this Act, it shall be unlawful for any person to falsely and fraudulently call himself as, or represent himself to be, a member of, an agent for, the Knights of Rizal; and any person who violates any of the provisions of this Act shall be punished by imprisonment of not to exceed six months or a fine not exceeding five hundred pesos, or both, in the discretion of the court.

SECTION 9. These acts shall take effect upon its approval.

Approved. June 14, 1951


Seal of the Order

The Order shall have a dry seal, which shall bear upon its face in a circular design, the words: “KNIGHTS OF RIZAL” and “MANILA, PHILIPPINES” and within the circle, an equilateral triangle bearing the profile of Dr. Jose Rizal in the center, the name “Rizal” and the abbreviation and figures “Inc., 1916″, under it a five pointed star in each angle of the triangle, all mounted on a sun with eight (8) salient rays as background. (Article XVI, Section 1 of the amended By-Laws of the Order of the Knights of Rizal)
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