Posted by: luvin | September 17, 2011

The True Royalties

There are just but a few royalties in Mindanao, the biggest and the most powerful is the one with lines traceable from the royals of Johore. There is also another royal group, whose features are not arabic but rather malays. The faces of the MILF leaders are very malays. They are the earlier Maguindanaos who controls the other  side of the Liguasan Marsh. The other one settles in the plains of the now Cotabato City. The seat of the earlier sultanate is approximately thesame as the present capital of Sultan Kudarat.

 

There is another royal blood in Cotabato who settled in Kidapawan. They are of the Kiram Family, thesame Kiram of the Sultanate of Sulu. It is unfortunate that the one who live in Kidapawan lost their way. Most of their properties are now beyond their control, although large tracts of lands are still left specially in Lanao Provinces. It is very sad to see the once considered land mark of Kidapawan lost to economic invasion. Their once prominent house known to Cotabatenyos as the house of Sultan Omar Kiram is now replace by the building of a hardware store.

And where are they now? It is nice that the wife of the Sultan is still allive, a healthy 92 years old. She came home from Australia to find the ancestral home of her children now torn into pieces. Her children are now all over the globe, it is sad the she now has nowhere to live.

Of course she can stay all her live in a hotel, but a hotel is not a home. Every descent filipinos would like to live in a home. Not a home for the aged, but a home where children laughs, where young children cry, where children sleep and dream of big things to come. This is perhaps the very reason why she choose to stay in somebody’s house, where she could here kids giggling, laughing, and shouting.

But it is still a sad sight to see the once proud mother, now old and homeless.

 

I would like to add a rejoinder with this column due to one comment which I think is meritorious. Here is the comment; “To the writer: Please make sure that before you post anything, you validate first your information and sources very carefully. This is misinforming your readers. They are not the same with the KIRAM’S of Sulu. They’re not even related. For that surname was only used and borrowed by them after Vincent Austria (Sultan Omar Kiram) and his wife Nellie Kelley Austria made their pilgrimage to Mecca and was later given honorary titles by their distant relatives from Uyaan, Madamba, Lanao del Sur. Being rich and having the same surname doesn’t make one a royalty.It is by blood and birthright.”

Another comment from the same source, “Used the surname ‘KIRAM’ only after the enthronement of Vicente S. Austria as an honorary or a cabinet ranked Sultan using the name ‘OMAR KIRAM II’ under the Sultanate of Uyaan.. but DEFINITELY was not the Sultan of Uyaan.”

 

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  1. bai labi laila kiram is not sad she was been taking cared by pince karim kelley kiram

    • To the writer: Please make sure that before you post anything, you validate first your information and sources very carefully. This is misinforming your readers. They are not the same with the KIRAM’S of Sulu. They’re not even related. For that surname was only used and borrowed by them after Vincent Austria (Sultan Omar Kiram) and his wife Nellie Kelley Austria made their pilgrimage to Mecca and was later given honorary titles by their distant relatives from Uyaan, Madamba, Lanao del Sur. Being rich and having the same surname doesn’t make one a royalty.It is by blood and birthright.

  2. Correction: Used the surname ‘KIRAM’ only after the enthronement of Vicente S. Austria as an honorary or a cabinet ranked Sultan using the name ‘OMAR KIRAM II’ under the Sultanate of Uyaan.. but DEFINITELY was not the Sultan of Uyaan.

  3. Hello. Silliman University has a post regarding Sultan Omar Kiram. Here http://su.edu.ph/page/47-Sultan-Omar-Kiram

    • Carlo, thanks for the link. I personally know some of the Kiram children. We are actually neighbors here in Kidapawan. Prince Karim stayed nest house when he was here in Kidapawan. He moved back to Lanao about two years ago. It was Marinius Austria who represented the family for those bronze wares to Silliman University Museum, accompanied by Expedito Jereza, the husband of Charity.
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  4. i actually know the kiram here in kidapawan and the house is still standing, the hardware store is just built beside the house..i think there is one relative of kiram whos taking good care of the house ..


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