What is the Order of Sikatuna?

The Order of SikatunaThe Order of Sikatuna is the national order of diplomatic merit conferred upon individuals who have rendered exceptional and meritorious services to the Republic of the Philippines. It is conferred to diplomats, officials and nationals of foreign states who have rendered conspicuous services in fostering, developing and strengthening relations between their country and the Philippines The badge and collar have a metallic composition of 95% silver and 5% copper. The ribbon of the Order is red, with yellow side stripes, thin white edges, and a thin blue stripe through the center, and is made of Philippine cotton hand-woven by a cooperative foundation in Bontoc, Mountain Province, in Northern Luzon. The decoration also includes a miniature and ribbon bar, which bears a grand sunburst with two large demi-barettes, and a grand lapel rosette bearing two large gold demi-barettes. The set is manufactured by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Mint, which exclusively manufactures the Honors of the Republic.

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Grand Collar (Raja) – conferred upon a former or incumbent head of state and/or of government.

Grand Cross (Datu) – The Grand Cross shall has two distinctions: (i) Gold (Katangiang Ginto) and (ii) Silver (Katangiang Pilak). The Grand Cross may be conferred upon a crown prince, vice president, senate president, speaker of the house, chief justice or the equivalent; a foreign minister or other official of cabinet rank, ambassador, undersecretary, assistant secretary, or other person of a rank similar or equivalent to the foregoing.

Grand Officer (Maringal na Lakan) – conferred upon a charge d’affaires, e.g., minister, minister counselor, consul general heading a consular post, executive director, or other person of a rank similar or equivalent to the foregoing.

Commander (Lakan) – conferred upon a charge d’affaires i.e., counselor, first secretary, consul general in the consular section of an embassy, consular officer with a personal rank higher than second secretary, director, or other person of a rank similar or equivalent to the foregoing.

Officer (Maginoo) – conferred upon a second secretary, consul, assistant director, or other person of a rank similar or equivalent to the foregoing. Any Filipino government official or employee may be entitled to the award for a minimum of six years of government service.

Member (Maharlika) – conferred upon a third secretary, vice consul, attaché, principal assistant, or other person of a rank similar or equivalent to the foregoing.

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