Order of Knights of Rizal 17th Regional Assembly of Europe in London

The Republic of The Philippines has one order of knighthood, founded in 1911to commemorate the martyrdom of Philippine national hero, Dr. José Rizal.The order is internationally organized and has about 200 chapters all over the world including Europe.

Once in every two years an assembly of knights from Europe is held, this time in London 30 August – 1 September 2019. Delegates who attended the 17th European Regional Assembly came amongst others from Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy The Netherlands and of course the United Kingdom.

The assembly was honored by the attendance of the international leadership from Manila, including the supreme commander of the order Sir Elihu Ybanez , KGCR a judge and candidate for the Philippines supreme court, Sir Frisco San Juan , KGOR Undersecretary in the current government of The Philippines and former vice-governor of Rizal Province, Sir Francis Sison , KGOR from the USA and former supreme commander Sir Virgilio Esguerra , KGCR. Futhermore the attendants included – among many – former New Jersey judge Sir Victor Sison , KCGR, Sir Gilbert San Diego , KCR, the regional commander National Capital Region and former Europe Regional Commanders Sir Antonio Guansing , KGCR and Sir Rudy Nollas , KGOR.

The first day included a visit to The Philippines embassy not far from the famous Trafalgar Square, where knights and ladies were received at the Sentro Rizal by the deputy chief of mission and consul-general Senen Mangalile , hosting an exquisite reception afterwards.

The actual conference – at Baden Powell House in Kensington – was organized under the leadership of the regional commander of the UK Sir Alfonso Taguiang , KGOR and Lady Aurea Taguiang and their team, with their hospitality and kindness they made everyone feel welcome. The first message was delivered by Sir Albert Arevalo, KGOR the regional commander for Europe, followed by highly interesting keynote speeches by Ybanez, San Juan and Esguerra, about the different aspects of Rizal and his relevance for the world we now live in.

After the ceremonies which are typical for an order of knighthood, it was of great joy that the overall adviser for Europe and master of ceremony at the conference Sir Felino Paras , KGCR – from Brussels – had been awarded the Pro Patria Award for his decades of service to order and Filipino community. The Pro Patria Award is not only the highest award within the Order of Knights of Rizal, it has never been awarded -save 2 others – to non-supreme council members.

The commander of The Hague chapter from The Netherlands Sir Anton Lutter, KCR, was given the honor to present the recent new Dutch translation of Jose Rizal’s first book the Noli Me Tangere written in 1887, to the supreme commander. The Dutch Noli will be part of the extensive collection at international headquarters in Manila. The day ended with a magnificent gala dinner and ball at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel, which included a Philippines cultural program. The next day started by mass celebrated by Fr. Jorgedy Bago , catholic priest of Filipino community in Antwerp which was followed up by a fraternal message from the supreme commander Sir Elihu Ybanez , KGCR which concluded the 3 day assembly in London.

Former Supreme Commander SIR ROGELIO M. QUIAMBAO, KGCR passed away


Today the 11th September Sir Rogelio M. Quiambao, KGCR passed away at the age of 79. Sir Rogelio was the supreme commander of the Order of Knights of Rizal between 1996-2000. Having studied law at the University of the East he was called to the bar in 1966, he also served as an assemblyman for Quezon City 1978-1984. His last post was serving as chairman of the Council of Elders of the Order of Knights of Rizal.

On behalf of The Hague Chapter i wish his family strength for the coming time.

May you rest in peace, Sir Regilio Quiambao. Non Omnis Moriar.

Sir Anton Lutter, KCR

Noli Me Tangere presented to Philippines ambassador in Brussels


Ambassador Eduardo de Vega and Gerard Arp.

During the celebration of the 158th anniversary of the birth of Jose Rizal in Brussels, ambassador De Vega was presented the Dutch translation of Noli Me Tangere. It was for over a century that such a translation has seen the light of day. Mr. Gerard Arp of Arpenco Publishers in Zoetermeer took on this important and painstakingly job. This resulted is an important contribution to promoting the legacy of Philippines’ national hero Jose Rizal.


The  408 page hardback book has an introduction by Sir Anton Lutter, chapter commander of The Hague chapter of Knights of Rizal.

Ambassador de Vega thanked Mr. Arp for his kind gesture of coming all the way to Belgium to present his gift. He also expressed his wish to see a Dutch translation of the El Filibusterismo someday and for Mr. Arp to become a full-pledged Knight of Rizal in the near future. The ambassador himself is a Knight grand officer of the Knights of Rizal.


Ceremony at Philippines embassy in Brussels.

Source (including photo’s): facebookpagina Philippine Embassy in Belgium @PHinBelgium


Noli Mi Tangere translated in Dutch after more than a century

Cover Noli Mi Tangere

In a few months a new and extended translation will be published in The Netherlands by  Arpenco Publishers. It has been over a century since Noli Mi Tangere has been translated into the Dutch language, to date this has been the only work of Rizal which has been translated into Dutch. The “Noli” is the first book published by the Philippines national hero Jose Rizal and is considered one of the great literary legacies of the Philippines. Originally it was written in Spanish and published in Berlin in 1887. The book was quickly banned by the Spanish colonial authorities in The Philippines because of its critique on the Spanish.

Rizal in Jaarboek 2017 Multatuli Genootschap


In the latest Jaarboek #Multatuli Genootschap (Yearbook Multatuli society) 2017 (but end of 2018 published) an interesting article was published by Jan Mulder about the influence of 19th century Dutch author Multatuli on Jose Rizal. The latter mentioned Multatuli in correspondence with Blumentritt.

Died, Sir Olaf van Boetzelaer KOR



It is with great sadness i inform my brethern knights that Sir Olaf baron van Boetzelaer KOR, has joined the Lord today. Sir Olaf has been a great inspiration to our chapter. His speeches given both in The Netherlands and in Belgium about Dr Jose Rizal where a joy to listen to. His intellectual qualities both in written and spoken words where highly regarded. But most important he was a true friend to us all in the best Rizalian tradition. Our prayers are with his wife Anna, his daughter Claudine and his family and friends in Europe and The Philippines. Rest in peace, my dear friend!


Sir Anton Lutter KCR
Chapter commander The Hague ChapterDeat